If you’ve been to a children’s museum or a science museum, you’ve probably seen a display of different common machines that have either a cut away or a transparent case so that you can see how the machines work. Those displays may be in a children’s museum, but if we’re being honest, who doesn’t enjoy seeing the inner workings of machines? In fact, who hasn’t taken a machine apart just to satisfy the urge to see how it works? That’s what makes the Gearbox Transparent Turntable so cool. The turntable puts its innards on complete display, saving you the trouble of trying to figure out how to put it back together after you’ve taken it apart.
This isn’t the first time that Gearbox has put together a transparent turntable, but for the MKII they updated a few things. For starters, they added in an upgraded belt drive that uses an aluminum pulley. This upgrade provide better speed stability. They also upgraded the electronics, which will provide a performance boost. The MKII features a high-fidelity built-in phono stage that was specifically designed for cartridges. They even include an Ortofon OM10 cartridge outfitted with an ultra-low-mass tonearm. Turntables may be a bit of a throwback item, but this turntable also comes with some modern amenities like Bluetooth capability so that you can stream your vinyl songs to wireless speakers. The MKII also uses an on-board music recognition technology that will identify and add tracks from your vinyl collection to your Spotify playlist. The turntable does include RCA plugs for wired speakers as well.
The Gearbox Transparent Turntable is a bargain as well. You can pick one up through Gearbox Records’ online store for 549 quid or from Uncrate for $595 USD. If that doesn’t sound like a spectacular price just keep in mind that you won’t have to buy a new one after taking it apart to see what’s inside—you’ll already know what’s there thanks to its transparent case.