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    Proof of the pudding etc etc,
    But without having heard it, a few thoughts,
    Even aptx bluetooth isn't consistently brilliant, so I'd have thought that's a limiting factor.
    Looks a bit like a Rega arm, so maybe thats a clue as to which factory makes it?
    Its a bit unusual to bundle in an MC cart, especially as its an unbranded one.
    At this price (if you take out the cost of the BT transmitter, the cart & phono stage), I'd probably prefer a belt drive over DD. I think to get DD right takes a bit of decent engineering which costs.
    Anyone looking to spend this sort of money should be auditioning a few alternatives as well.

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    Unless you want the Bluetooth thing I'd spend the same on one of the new Technics.

    This must have a built in phono stage too I guess. Convenience over sound quality. At least it's a direct drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manicatel View Post
    Looks a bit like a Rega arm, so maybe thats a clue as to which factory makes it?
    It's most likely a Rega OEM arm but they don't make DD turntables.

    This turntable looks a bit of a dog's dinner. If you want DD, then the new Technics should be on your list. If you want belt-drive, then take a look at Rega, Michell and Notts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hifi_dave View Post
    It's most likely a Rega OEM arm but they don't make DD turntables.

    This turntable looks a bit of a dog's dinner. If you want DD, then the new Technics should be on your list. If you want belt-drive, then take a look at Rega, Michell and Notts.
    Ah yes, very true.
    It may be worth adding Project into that list for belt drive alternatives?

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    Well, I think it looks very interesting and Iím gagging to get my hands on one and have a play with it! From what Iíve read, the motor is Cambridge Audioís own design which is a very impressive step.

    To describe it as a ďdogís dinnerĒ is, I think, grossly unfair. Regardless of whether the result is superb or not as good as hoped, at least CA havenít just taken the predictable and safe route of just slapping their logo on yet another Rega or Pro-Ject deck. I think they are to be applauded for giving it a go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beobloke View Post
    Well, I think it looks very interesting and I’m gagging to get my hands on one and have a play with it! From what I’ve read, the motor is Cambridge Audio’s own design which is a very impressive step.

    To describe it as a “dog’s dinner” is, I think, grossly unfair. Regardless of whether the result is superb or not as good as hoped, at least CA haven’t just taken the predictable and safe route of just slapping their logo on yet another Rega or Pro-Ject deck. I think they are to be applauded for giving it a go.
    I agree totally - anything that gets people into vinyl is good in my book, and though there may be better alternates out there in terms of 'Sound per Pound' the sheer convenience of being able to drop this into a system with no concern for phono stages, leads and even amps (I'm thinking people with active/lifestyle systems like Sonos etc) will make it a potential winner. Looks nice too.
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    I do like the name - I have friends staying in Alva, which is in a very nice part of the country.

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