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The turntable is not perfect, however. This intrinsic naturalness means that even relatively inexpensive vinyl playback systems can sound, if not perfect, at least very musically convincing. This system is cleantracking, low in distortion, detailed, low in noise and high in resolution, pitch-stable, and musically agreeable. This means bass lovers will be disappointed by the lack of bass emphasis of this turntable. Against Unforgivingly detailed No dust cover Bass lovers will be disappointed. Just follow the clear instructions, and in ten minutes or less you are underway with the certainty that everything is perfectly adjusted. The banishing of vinyl-borne energy makes for finer resolution. While the Pro-Ject was merely good at retrieving detail, the Marantz wows by digging into the grooves and extracting detail you never noticed before.

Everyone ought to know by now that vinyl sounds musical. Combine all of these elements together and the Marantz TTS1 has an incredibly dark background when playing records: The included slipmat and record clamp are merely OK but the turntable deserves better. Setting up a new player is nerve racking as it requires assembly, however setup here is actually quite simple as Marantz includes a very well written set of instructions with pictures to guide you through the process. Check this out on your sample: The TTS1 provides silent backgrounds, which lets the music stand out more.

Check this out on your sample: Try this with the stationary magnet not yet installed to be sure things are right. The turntable is not perfect, however. The anti-skate is done by a magnetic system, which in my first sample of the arm was installed backwards, reversing the direction of the anti-skate torque.

The Marantz TTS1 is stunning to look at. Its plinth is made out of a single piece of frosted acrylic with three beefy feet to dampen vibration from speakers and footsteps. Again, any little pitch variations you hear are going to be record-related.

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Nothing comes as an engineering revelation, but everything is very well executed, and remarkably so at the price. The TTS1 provides silent backgrounds, which lets the music stand out more. The first time we dropped the Clearaudio Virtuoso Wood on a record, our jaws dropped as the turntable provided such dark backgrounds and dynamic range that we spent the first night rediscovering tuurntable record collection.

The overall sonic results here are mostly positive. This intrinsic naturalness means that even relatively inexpensive vinyl playback systems can turntaable, if not perfect, at least very musically convincing. Rather, it is absence of noise and, in particular, of vinyl-borne energy—probably the worst noise in vinyl playback, since it can be strong in the frequencies of maximum hearing sensitivity.

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But that resolution also reveals the fine structure of the music. We also want to caution treble-sensitive listeners and bass lovers to look elsewhere as the TTS1 is uncompromisingly neutral.

What a potential customer for a turtable system needs to do is separate the limitations of the medium from what is going wrong in the particular playback system. For audiophiles who are ready to graduate from entry-level hi-fi turntables, amrantz Marantz TTS1 should be on your short list.

While the basic formula is the same for all turntables, the devil is in the detail. A motor that geometrically fits within the sreies but is not in contact sries it; the three isolation feet that give a solid support while lowering the transmission of vibrations; the Souther clamp system; the optional soft mat; the acrylic plinth and platter, which are largely nonresonant; the ultra-smooth belt-drive mechanism, and so on.

The motor itself is completely detached from the plinth to control vibration. Refedence tracking is vitally important, and not all audiophile cartridges have it.

The included slipmat and record clamp are merely OK but the turntable deserves better. And the super-tight fit of the cartridge connectors to the arm wire pins makes installation and removal of the cartridge a bit hazardous.

But all of these cons are simply minor annoyances. Everyone ought to know by now that vinyl sounds musical. Fortunately, very little goes wrong in this Marantz system. Speaking of, the tonearm itself is a work of art and comes out of the box wired and ready to go. Setting it on a firm support in my mostly carpeted tilefloored audio room, I had no problems.

This system is cleantracking, low in distortion, detailed, low in noise and high in resolution, pitch-stable, and musically agreeable. While vinyl fanatics may enjoy tweaking, this is a really good thing for people who just want to get down to the music. You need tt-1s51 rigid chassis that dampens vibration, a motor that keeps good time and a needle that can track record groves well.

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You have the option of using the included flt mat or putting records directly on the acrylic platter. I pulled out many a vinyl favorite with much satisfaction. This acrylic plinth has two cutouts for the tonearm and the motor. But its overall sound is so very attractive. Take the matter of limiting the inevitable energy that a stylus puts into the record as it plays.

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If you listen turntahle a test record, you can hear that channel separation is never absolute, that dynamic range is somewhat limited, and so on.

And the bass, while well extended, is not quite as firm as damped tonearms can give. We recommend using the included mat as it sounds much better. The cartridge is uncolored but forgiving—in practice perhaps tt-1s1 a fault, given that many records were historically a bit overbearing by contemporary and absolute standards. Just follow the clear instructions, and in ten minutes or less tjrntable are underway with the certainty that everything is perfectly adjusted.

This means bass lovers will be disappointed by the lack of bass emphasis of this turntable. The TTS reminded me of the historic AR—a no frills-design that also provided musically satisfying sound at a reasonable price.

For the money, you get a gorgeous turntable that sounds incredible. To mmarantz, the neutral presentation of the Marantz may sound a bit boring and at times too detailed. Vinyl has its limitations.

Combine all of these elements together and the Marantz TTS1 has an incredibly dark background when playing records: Against Unforgivingly detailed No dust cover Bass lovers will be disappointed. Mids are excellent and female vocals like Norah Refereence and Sia sound incredible referencd tons of texture and timbre. Taken as a whole, the Marantz offers budding audiophiles the chance to chase higher fidelity without having turntahle buy a turntable that costs as much as a car.

The cartridge, however, appears to be very delicate, with a long fragilelooking cantilever. One such turntable is the Marantz TTS1. We highly recommend picking up a vertical tracking force gauge like the Shure SFG-2 to properly set the weight.

While the Pro-Ject was merely good at retrieving detail, the Marantz wows by digging into the grooves and extracting detail you never noticed before. Speed stability of the Marantz is fine. The Marantz has no suspension, but its feet seem to isolate it well.