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Inspire Eclipse - CONCLUSION

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CONCLUSION

Having determined that the Eclipse is not out to steal the respective crowns of the turntables mentioned earlier, I have to say that it reminds me in many ways of the Roksan Xerxes.20 Plus, which is to say it appears to have no desire to astound in any one area but to merely to affect an easy air of thorough competence in all of them!

 

Richard Isherwood took a gamble on his new baby, and I would say it has paid off handsomely, as the Eclipse/Tonearm 1000 combo is a capable vinyl spinner. It does what it does without recourse to any special tricks or eyebrow raising engineering innovations, but is simply superbly designed and built. Offering a fine mix of across-the-board musical ease in a well built and very stylish package, this turntable deserves a premium position on your audition list.

REFERENCE SYSTEM

Garrard 301 turntable

Alphason HR-100S arm (Cardas wired)

Audio Technica AT-OC9MLII cartridge

Anatek MC1 phono stage

Naim Supernait amplifier

Ferrograph S1 loudspeakers (modded)

MEASURED PERFORMANCE

With the Rega RB1000 arm the structural resonances of the RB300, such as they were, have been comprehensively suppressed, possibly by the use of internal damping, to yield a vibrational signature that is all but free of basic arm tube ‘bending’ modes. Also missing is the high frequency clutter that afflicts most arms, as it did the RB300, and this is something of a mystery to us, as it seemed likely to be a headshell phenomenon but the RB301 headshell is unaltered and laser interferometry shows it is in the tube, I am told. Whatever, the RB1000, like the recent RB301, is an even better arm than the basic RB300/250 variants, giving a fantastic measured performance by current standards.

 

The Inspire Eclipse turntable proved very speed-stable, unweighted wow measuring 0.135% and IEC weighted wow just 0.058% - both very low values. Absolute speed was +03% fast on our sample, an amount that is too small to be perceptible. The Eclipse measured well all round and should give fine results. NK

 

WOW & FLUTTER

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verdict five globes

Superb build and finish allied to an effortlessly musical sound, makes the Inspire Eclipse a highly impressive debut.

INSPIRE ECLIPSE/TONEARM 1000 £2,400

Inspire Hi-Fi

+44(0)1246 568770

www.inspirehifi.co.uk

FOR

- balanced performer

- effortlessly musical

- design, build, finish

- elegant arm choice

AGAINST

- belt slackness on this sample




 

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