U-Turn built their latest turntable with one single purpose in mind—the produce the best quality music possible. With that focus in mind, don’t expect the U-Turn Orbit Plus Turntable to win any design awards with its no-frills, bare-minimum looks. That being said, what you can expect is for this turntable to blow away any other on the market in terms of sound.
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Like all their turntables, U-Turn used the same tonearm that they always use to put together the Orbit Plus. That doesn’t mean you don’t have options, though. You can choose from five different colours, or you also have the option of requesting a custom Orbit in maple or walnut. The tonearm is virtually friction-free and it has essentially eliminated wobble. It also has a built-in anti-skate feature, and you can adjust the tracking force. For the plinth, U-Turn headed out to Minnesota to find the right manufacturer.
The base comes with three rubber feet. The shaft of the bearing is anchored to the base and points up for the inner platter to sit on. There, a bronze bushing with two Teflon inserts keep the platter spinning smoothly with almost no noise whatsoever. The turntable is belt driven, so there’s not a lot of superfluous technology involved here. It does come with a built-in phono preamp. For those that don’t have a steady hand to drop the stylus right where you want it, the Orbit comes with a cue lever as an add-on. Another upgrade to consider is springing for the acrylic platter. And while you’re at it, make sure to check out the dustcover.
There are plenty of turntables out there that try to please everyone with a long list of features and add-ons. But the danger with trying to please everyone is that you don’t excel in any single area. That’s where U-Turn has made a wise move. By just focusing on the sound quality, they’ve come up with a product that may not be much to look at, nor may it wow people with features, but what it will do is provide the richest, fullest listening experience you can imagine. And what is a turntable for if not to provide you with the sheer joy of beautiful sound?