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Turntable Essentials - ELAC

Turntable essentials and accessories are designed to get the very best sound from your turntable set-up and vinyl record collection. We also sell a large range of turntablesphono cartridges and phono stages and also turntable wall shelves to get the very best sound from your record collection.

ELAC - a shortening on Electroacoustic, founded in 1926 with the basic principle of engineering ingenuity, manifested in their range of top performance speakers. Never satisfied, ELAC strive to create speakers that meet their exacting standards to offer realistic sound, longevity, reliability and fascination.

With a goal of surpassing current understanding and a promise to produce the best sound worldwide, Elac draws from its heritage despite ever-changing products and trends. Germany, 1926 saw the founding of Electroacoustic GmbH with a focus on developing sonar technology and investigating sound channels in air and water. This passion for music led to the creation of the PW1 record player, their first consumer audio product.

ELAC has led the industry with ground-breaking turntables and electronics. By 1984, they developed loudspeakers with AXIOM Electroacoustic Speaker Specialists. Their 4PI omnidirectional tweeter fused protracted range and wide dispersion for a true high-end performance.

This launched ELAC became recognised as one of the most elite speaker manufacturers. ELAC is renowned for its many innovations which include the JET folded ribbon tweeter demonstrating the effectiveness of a driver response beyond audible levels of human hearing. This has been refined constantly since 1993 and still feature in home and automotive functions today.

ELAC offers a whole range of speakers and audacious new electronics that liven your music like never before. Every product offers stunning performance, beautiful craftsmanship and unrivalled value.

In 2016, ELAC celebrated their 90th anniversary with the introduction of the Debut and Uni-Fi speaker series, Discovery Music Server, Element Integrated Amplifier and the Miracord 90 Anniversary turntable, positioning itself as a futureproof audio solution.

Many turntables include or offer a dust cover which protects against dust and particles that can affect the playback of your vinyl records. Dust can get in the grooves of your record or on your cartridge’s stylus and deteriorate the sound you experience, manifested through pops, crackles and loss of detail in music. Protecting your turntable from dust and maintaining your stylus and records is essential for best possible performance.

A key component of any turntable is the platter – the disc on which the record is placed. Different materials have different sonic properties, and deal with resonance in a different manner. Many higher end models use higher-mass platters and a range of materials to truly isolate and decouple the platter from resonance, vibration and motor noise. Many manufacturers offer platter upgrades, letting you upgrade your platter and improve the quality of your existing turntable. Acrylic, glass and aluminium platters are common upgrades which can increase performance of your vinyl playback.

In order for the record to play continuously, the platter needs to rotate or spin. Turntables have two varying approaches to this. The typical manner of achieving this is a belt-drive design, where a rubber belt attaches to a motor and in turn round the platter and controls the speed at which the platter turns. This is the method employed by most turntables. The drive belt will need to be replaced from time to time, as a stretched or worn drive belt can affect playback speed and result in a record being too slow or fast. The other method is direct drive, in which a motor directly turns the platter. This is the manner many higher end turntables control speed, and presents a different consideration for designers as the motor vibrations need to be isolated and controlled differently as the motor is connected to the platter directly and thus can have a greater effect on playback.

The output signal from a phono cartridge is typically very low, even more so if your cartridge is Moving Coil (MC). For this reason, before you connect to an amplifier, the output signal needs to be boosted. This is typically done by a phono stage which can be a separate standalone product or included on the turntable itself. Many integrated amplifiers also feature an internal phono stage, known as a “phono input”, allowing you to connect directly to this input. If your turntable features a phono stage then it can be connected to any amplifier directly.

Turntable Essentials - ELAC

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