Those of you who grew up with a Dual CS505 will be pleased to see that the German turntable company has relaunched in the UK. Once the largest manufacturer of turntables in Europe, the brand enjoyed a reputation for class-leading products through the 1960s, 70s and 80s. For 2017 the brand is back in the UK with an initial offering of three new budget models.
Prices range from the entry-level, fully automatic MTR-15 at £124.99 to the budget audiophile MTR-75 with enhanced chassis, belt drive, USB output and Audio Technica cartridge at £249.99. The £229.99 MTR-40 below is a direct-drive model with variable speed control, styled as a traditional prosumer DJ deck.
The MTR-75 (top of page) will lead Dual’s UK relaunch for vinyl fiends on a budget. With a satin-black finished chassis on large vibration damping feet, the MTR-75 has a belt driven aluminium platter and a DC servo motor with selectable speed. Its built-in RIAA phono stage has been developed to get the best from a wide range of moving magnet cartridges. The MTR-75’s straight aluminium tonearm has a damped lift mechanism and comes pre-fitted with an Audio Technica MM cartridge. Fine tuning stylus tracking force is possible thanks to an adjustable counterweight. Convenience touches include USB output with software for Mac and PC, automatic stop and lift feature and an acrylic dust cover lid as standard.
Dual’s UK relaunch comes on the back of the dramatic vinyl revival, with UK LP sales hitting more than 3.2million records through 2016. Dual’s more upmarket CS series turntables, along with a Bluetooth loudspeaker, DAB radio and an AV Soundbase will launch in the UK later this year.