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Michell Gyrodec SE/TecnoArm A review

This turntable's even, cohesive and fluid sound makes listening an absolute pleasure Tested at £1478.00

5 Star Rating

Our Verdict

This Gyrodec can pack a sublime punch – its even, cohesive and fluid sound makes listening a pleasure

For

  • Even, balanced sound
  • good timing
  • subtle but elegant detail
  • good build

Against

  • Idiosyncratic styling that some won't like
  • could do with clearer set-up instructions

Decades old, and built by one of the bastions of the UK hi-fi industry, the Gyrodec SE retains its contemporary and individual styling, and is very striking on the eye. The shining aluminium supporting columns contrast well with the black finish.

Everything about this turntable stands out, from the beautifully made motor housing to the user-friendly simplicity of the push-button starter. Changing the speed is done manually, by fiddling about with the belt.

One noticeable point is the suspended sub-chassis that's made from acrylic and rests on a three-spring arrangement. This allows isolation of the playing surface from unwanted vibrations. It's a complicated system, and the Gyrodec SE could do with some clearer instructions to help you on the way.

The arm supplied is Michell's own TecnoArm A, essentially an updated version of the Rega arm, featuring different counter-weights, damping and additional perforation to help with weight reduction and the rejection of unwanted resonance. We paired it with the Goldring 2400 cartridge.

A deck that loves to take control

Playing the 1969 Decca recording of Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice, the results are positive. Both the bassoon and brass have a rich and sonorous texture, while the dynamics of the piece come across with power and subtlety.

Detailing is rich, and the timing is more than capable. The Gyrodec SE proves adept at cohesion, pulling the instruments together neatly, creating the sense of a turntable that's truly in control.

The Gyrodec gives lovely evenness in its soundscape, with no fighting between the treble, midrange and bass. With treble-heavy songs such as The Beatles' What You're Doing, there's no hint of stridency. Indeed, sonically, the Gyrodec SE is right up there with the best.

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