Bristol Show 2018: the best new turntables

Doesn't matter if you're an LP newbie, whether you want to spend peanuts or break the bank - the Bristol Show has the turntable to suit your needs.

In terms of the more obvious brands, market-leader Pro-Ject is attempting to move the game on with its Debut III S Audiophile, while the equally venerable Rega has whipped the covers off its first phono stage-equipped deck, the P1 Plus.

Of the brands that really should be competing with Pro-Ject and Rega but aren't, Dual has unveiled the latest version of its storied CS-505 belt-drive deck - the Dual brand has been subject to quite a few indignities of late, but this is a German-made product delivered by the company that first owned the brand-name.

And, of course, it wouldn't be a Bristol Show without some aspirational turntables on display. Gold Note has introduced its Mediterraneo turntable (at £6000, it's less expensive than the cartridge the company recommends for it), and Mark Levinson has its very first record player, the £10k No. 505. Also occupying the high-end high ground (rather to our disappointment, it's true) is Technics - its new SP-10R is a) on sale in June and b) likely to cost around £8k. Gulp.

Find out a little more about these intriguing new products in the video above.


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Simon Lucas is a freelance technology journalist and consultant, with particular emphasis on the audio/video aspects of home entertainment. Before embracing the carefree life of the freelancer, he was editor of What Hi-Fi? – since then, he's written for titles such as GQ, Metro, The Guardian and Stuff, among many others.