Manual Belt-Drive Turntable with Carbon Tonearm
EAT is acclaimed for true high-end turntables that drive physics to the theoretical maximum. With the considered use of mass, EAT has waged a war on unwanted vibration, resonance and colouration of the sound. Now EAT offers for the first time a turntanble which is quite affordable and yet able to provide neutral sound.
To reach the price target, there have to be compromises, but the basic principles remain the same: Only a heavy weight platter can give you the correct speed & precision. We use a low tolerance (0.01) polished stainless steel bearing in a soft bronze bushing, to ensure a super silent & smooth movement. This is the same base material as in our high-end designs. Supplied with the turntable is a pre-fitted Ortofon 2M Red cartridge on the tonearm, as well as an acrylic lid for protection from dust.
The elegant piano lacquer finish fits into every home or type of decor. We also offer the Prelude with the optional EAT iconic green motor & belt.
Our plinth is made out of dense MDF, protected by eight layers of lacquer which produce a luxurious look & finish. This is a first in a price category where the norm is a particle board chassis with glued-on veneer. For the motor, we avoid a mass-loaded design. Instead, we have a free-standing motor with no connection to the body. This is the only way to ensure that there are no motor vibrations passed on.
Most of our customers making purchases in this price range will use an MM (moving magnet) cartridge, instead of MC (moving coil). To accomplish this, we chose a lightweight, ultra-stiff & resonance-free carbon tonearm tube, which is cast in a single piece.
We have chosen one of the "best buy" cartridges available today from Ortofon, a perfect partner for the Prelude. The discerning listener will recognise that the Prelude tonearm elevates the 2M Red to a completely new level of performance.
This turntable will surprise listeners through its astonishing lack of colouration and exceptional dynamics. It is the perfect starting point for assembling a true audiophile hi-fi system.