TOP 15 Turntables
A superb turntable that delivers stunning performance across a huge swathe of different music.
Fine- sounding, easy-to-use, well-made turntable
A highly capable hi-fi turntable package at a great price point
A well thought out starter that balances convenience with performance
Any nerves that SME aficionados may have had about the company searching out less specialist customers should be calmed by the Synergy. Rather than pandering to populism, it makes excellence just that little bit more accessible. The company’s superlative build remains intact, performance isn’t compromised, yet it’s obviously easier to set up and use. And, yes, it does sound greater than the sum of its parts.
Instead of incremental gains, the TechDAS Air Force III Premium produced a level of improvement in LP playback in my system that I found to be nothing short of breathtaking. Detail, clarity, transparency, voices so natural-sounding that I was reminded more of tape than vinyl: this deck is a total triumph, a maestro of scale and presence. Just don’t stroke and fondle it too much: gloss black loves fingerprints!
EXCELLENT - extremely capable. Good arm and turntable, but poor cartridge.
Great value turntable package with a twist
The Rotation R 5.3 is a flamboyant addition to the market, and strengthens AVM’s already impressive lineup. Easy to set up and straightforward to play, it has a pleasantly powerful and amenable sound that gives the sort of ‘rich and sweet’ sensation that many associate with vinyl. However, it’s behind the best of the rest in absolute terms, sounding just a little too coloured to reach top of the class.