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Set-up was very easy, aided by an anti-skate force dial at rear, and a calibrated counterweight. The cartridge comes fitted to a plug-in headshell with standard bayonet fitting so a spare shell with better cartridge could be used. The only fiddly bit was getting the drive belt over the motor pulley.

   I took a very close look at the turntable’s mechanisms and they were all well made. The auto system would trigger at the end of an LP, to lift the arm, with tracking force right down to 1gm – and the cartridge wasn’t even disturbed. The arm bearings were free of slack and moved freely in both planes. And the auto system worked flawlessly. Press the Start button on the front of the plinth and the MTR-75 does the rest, placing arm onto LP then lifting it off at the end, returning it to the rest. It was uncanny to see all this again, working so smoothly and quietly; Garrard would have cried. 

 

 

Audio Technica's AT-3600 cartridge in a headshell stiffened by side webs.

 

The arm is capable of taking a much better cartridge and I went with a Goldring 1012GX after first using the Audio Technica. A lift/lower is fitted and you can even hand cue the arm, although the finger lift isn’t ideally shaped. A replacement head shell would fix this though. 

  The rear carries one small slide switch to select the internal phono stage (Line), or direct (Phono) if an external stage is preferred. Measurement showed the internal stage is pretty good; it even has a warp filter, interestingly similar to the filter in the Hanpin turntables. Even the USB outlet was very similar, fitted with the 16bit Analogue-to-Digital convertor (ADC), operating at 44.1kHz or 48kHz sample rate. This offers CD quality and under measurement worked well. 

    Dual even offer a copy of Audacity's editing software on a CD to enable digital recording. You do have to use a digital audio editor like this to record LP to your computer as a digital file, but Audacity is available free on-line, works well and has comprehensive on-line user guides to explain all. 

   With no mains earth, as there is no exposed metal casework, earthing is through the phono leads. A captive two core mains cable is terminated in a UK 13A plug – no wall warts here.



 

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