Andover Audio has introduced the Spindeck belt-drive turntable ($299), offering LP fanciers plug-and-play setup capability right out of the box. It is being billed as the vinyl-playing complement to Andover’s Spinbase turntable speaker system, or may be paired with any audio system, the company says.
Spindeck simplifies turntable setup with a tonearm featuring a pre-set counterweight and pre-mounted Ortofon Custom OM Series cartridge. The main chassis of the turntable is made from engineered particle board, which is sturdy yet lightweight. Housed underneath the chassis is an ultra-quiet synchronous motor with a silicone belt that drives a low-resonance platter made from MDF.
An AC-powered motor control effectively minimizes unwanted vibration, says Andover. The main platter bearing consists of a stainless-steel spindle and a bronze bushing with a Teflon bottom, to ensure long-lasting playback. The 8.6-inch aluminum tonearm features sapphire bearings.
“Spindeck is a precision turntable that features high-quality materials and superb sound,” said Bob Hazelwood, director of engineering, in the announcement statement. “It comes out of the box pre-set and ready to play. Its simplicity belies its elegant engineering that will extract the most from records with minimum wear. It’s the perfect companion to Spinbase, or any other system where the listener wants great sound with no fuss.”