The Pro-ject is arguably better, but doesn't allow you to upgrade as you go like the Orbit. The minimalist design looks awesome, I couldn't be more happy. Every Orbit is ready to play out of the box. Features & Technology Most basic belt-drive turntables do not really have a ton of “features”, but there are some different choices you can make when selecting the Orbit … (I still don't have one). I'm not sure I'll ever buy new again unless I go for something really high end. The best discount available right at the moment is 25% off from "Meet the Orbit Starting at $179 at U-Turn Audio". My first vinyl setup. [–]baltz34[S] 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (1 child), i must admit im really sold to the looks of it.. otherwise id definitely go for a second hand machine, but since its become a trend the prices went up and instead of being 15$ they're all around 75-90... so i prefer a new and nice looking one (i must mention that this is the very opposit of what i usually do, but i believe you can be selfish every once in a while), [–]soundandlightTechnics 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (0 children). An expansive soundstage and natural tones that I didn’t think you could get at this price point. So, I bought a U-Turn Orbit from my local record shop on Black Friday. U-Turn Orbits are okay, but I always recommend getting a good older used turntable at a thrift shop or eBay. Gain access to U-Turn Audio discounts and yet … I was just pretty shocked what a noticeable improvement I got out of the Philips. Post get removed? For example after upgrading my U-Turn to the grado blue from the stock AT91B the soundstage improved greatly and so did frequency response. use the following search parameters to narrow your results: (1) Questions regarding setups, equipment advice, or personal inquiries that primarily benefit the individual over the broader subreddit community should be submitted in the stickied Weekly Questions thread, also accessible from the Submit a New Question button above. U-Turn Audio is an independent maker of turntables based in Massachusetts. The U-Turn Audio Orbit Plus also prevented skipping in our test quite well, falling just behind the Fluance RT81 with a score of 7 out of 10. The brand currently features just 3 models: the U-Turn Orbit, Orbit Plus and Orbit special. Investors in U-Turn’s Kickstarter-funded Orbit turntable get more than their money’s worth in this remarkably well-designed record player manufactured in Woburn, Massachusetts. The Orbit Plus is one of the company’s best seller products. The Orbit … And you have an option of getting this turntable with a built-in phono … That said, craigslist would be a … Using your Orbit is simple - just turn it on and lower the tonearm. /r/cd_collectors - CDs Are Also Pretty Neat! Really the only options for NEW turntables is AT LP60 < AT LP120 < U-turn Orbit < Pro ject Essential/Carbon. The sound is good too, especially for the money spent on a new table. You can go with the basic and always upgrade it later (as you can with everything on the U-Turn). and join one of thousands of communities. So what should I do? If you have read more reviews on our website you might know that we are a bit of a fan of the U-Turn turntable brand. Hope that helps. I guess this isn't necessarily just for the Orbit… 1) The acrylic platter - Mine came with the acrylic platter (for the upgraded price) and I think its worth it. Did you buy it a long time ago? Join in on the reviews to share your input or to suggest our next review. I need a simple, affordable record player that won't scratch my vinyl. But that’s not all there is to it. I run … The main thing I noticed after initial listens was some inconsistency in the speed (sustained notes had noticeable fluctuation in pitch). [–]maradonutsPro-Ject 0 points1 point2 points 5 years ago (1 child). The sound is overrall is just much more pleasant to my ears (even in using the same Grado Blue cartridge). U-Turn Orbit Special Review- High-End at an Affordable Price. While the performance did seem a bit better, I can still detect some pitch issues which are very much amplified when a record is pressed off center even in the slightest bit. The only accessory worth recommending is the Cork mat. $499 - Music Hall MMF 2.3 - Turntable Lab. Im a starter and Ive been looking at a few reviews, and from what ive read, I could also go for an audio-technica at-lp60 which is probably a little better quality, but the looks of the orbit really makes the difference for me (considering the sound wont be a whole lot different). U-Turn took a minimalist approach when designing its turntables, and the Orbit Plus is a good reflection of that. However its not that big of an upgrade and won't make a huge diggerece, so unless you're going for the absolute best sound possible its fine to leave out. The design is top notch. What gave you that impression? 2) The cartridge, from what ive read i think ill stick with the basic one. some people claim that an acrylic platter will have a lower noise floor and what not (due to it's extra mass). /r/Turntablists - Scratch, Juggle, and Flair. It does look good but after reading all the comments im still not sure its worth it. U-Turn Orbit, $179, available at U-Turn This article was originally published on 11/2/2016. $459 - U-Turn Orbit Special - U-Turn's webstore (!) As a 'Merican citizen from south, I like products from the good ol' U-S-of-A. (2) Photo and image posts as well as gifs and short videos must also include a 300+ character description, story, or review of their content. 3) Mine didn't come with a cue, but i'll be purchasing one later. P.S. Useful Links, Guides, and Threads - for new users and veterans alike, this is a community generated collection of our favorite resources pertaining to collecting, buying, selling, and anything relating to records. I was a U Turn kickstarter backer and ended up getting the Orbit Plus. I'll order the green stock with the cue as the only upgrade, and will look for a second hand decent receiver / preamp. The other upgrades are optional in my opinion. P.S. They put on one of their re-engineered spindles and a new belt and told me that it passed all of their wow/flutter and other pre-shipping specifications. U-Turn also convinced me to add their built-in preamp for the review. It helps with precision and to be delicate, but.. so what? Ive never had my U-Turn skip once, even with 200 gram vinyl. U-Turn Orbit Basic Great sound, limited features. [–]baltz34[S] 0 points1 point2 points 5 years ago (0 children). The Orbit sounds better, and looks WAAAAY better. After proper setup the under $500 combination is amazing. They actually rust. One of the newest pieces of technology available on the Orbit Special is U-Turn’s second-generation tonearm. I don't think its absolutely necessary, but the cool thing about the orbit is you can have a $180 (+ shipping) basic turntable, then purchase the upgrades later for a $310 (+ shipping) improved turntable. By 2015, U-Turn Audio had already sold over 10,000 turntables out of their homegrown factory in Woburn Massachusetts. Each Orbit does ship with the cartridge already installed and tracking force perfectly calibrated, which is great for beginners. Fluance RT-81 vs u-turn orbit plus Post by Vinylfreak86 » 29 Nov 2017 11:07 On the Orbit you can choose which cartridge you want factory fitted, but later you cannot upgrade it by yourself. Drive: Belt Drive; Automatic or Manual: Manual; RPM Speeds: 33 1/3, 45 One of the most important parts of any turntable is the platter bearing. There's no denying the U-Turn Orbit Plus looked striking with its red plinth and acrylic platter. Hi all, I started doing research online for an entry level record player and my heart sank a little bit when I discovered I'd probably be paying $400 for even an entry level turntable, until I ran across the U-Turn basic, which seemed to be the perfect turntable for me to finally play the brand new Zao vinyls I've never spun. IMO, the Orbit is probably the best option at the $300-ish price point. U-Turn Orbit Basic Read the review The Best Turntable The U-Turn Orbit Basic offers good sound quality at an affordable price, but it lacks some of the features that make a turntable … The built-in … © 2020 reddit inc. All rights reserved. Can yall help me with these points please? I would highly recommend it as a starting table. I called a local shop to ask if they carried U-Turn and the guy immediately started shitting all over the player, saying they got their parts in China, their motor was noisy, that even the $120 Audio Technicas were better, etc. We posted our review of the U-Turn Orbit … All older receivers have phono inputs that act as a preamplifier, and you can plug in things like bluetooth receivers to the aux input to make it just as good if not better than a big black $500 modern thing. Having read positive stories about U-Turn, and in particular their customer service, I decided to get a Walnut Orbit Custom with onboard pluto preamp and Ortofon 2m blue cartridge. I hear you, that's what made me spring for it too. Please report harassment as such so that we can investigate. I've handled most of the contenders in this range and the U-turn felt the most robust and well-built. lol sounds like you just got a piece of shit. $299.00 - Audio Technica LP120 with a spare AT95e cartridge and stylus and anti-static carbon fiber brush - Amazon.com Get your Orbit Plus Turntable here The highlight of this model with model number, “R160WTAOR5” is its in-built Pluto preamp which allows it to connect directly to powered amplifiers or speakers. My Dual 1258, very problematic compared to the U-Turn. Album/Equipment Reviews - a collection of sub-generated discussion posts centered around a specific piece of equipment or album pressing. thanks for the advice. I have a Uturn and I love it. Wait, I have an obsession with Christmas music? One thing we need to bring up in our U-Turn Orbit review is how elegant-looking it is. U-Turn Audio Free Shipping Discounts. Through some homework, the U-Turn Orbit plus was a pretty clear pick. /r/CollectionHauls - Records, Comics, and Memorabilia. I'm just tired of looking at my vinyls instead of playing them. Technics SL-Q3 Direct Drive turntable, found without cartridge or headshell at Goodwill: $10, Cartridge: Audio-Technica AT120EB - $100 new, but the cart I started out with was the AT311EP which is a perfectly good beginner cartridge for $15-30. U-Turn makes a special version of the Orbit with a pre-amp built-in, called “ The Orbit Special.” Check it out. [–]creamcolouredDogAudio Technica 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (0 children). The Orbit Plus did quite well in our overall testing, as you can see in the table above. /r/vinylreleases - Releases and Preorders. Its not an urgent upgrade, just something to keep in mind. Get an ad-free experience with special benefits, and directly support Reddit. 1) The acrylic platter. If you get more money and upgrade in the future a good preamp can make a pretty big difference in how a table sounds. Im considering buying a U-Turn Orbit turntable, any advice. /r/randomactsofvinyl - It's Worth a Shot!? All and all, the U-Turn Orbit is a brilliantly impressive work of American engineering. Upgrade later as you see fit. I also upgraded the cart to Ortofon 5E which is super tight. There are too many great vintage tables out there for not very much money. Well well well i hadn't realized that the exchange rate for the canadian dollar was at 1.33 right now.. with the 55$ shipping before that, ill wait and see if i can get it somewhere in canada sometime :(, [–]goldswimmerbU-Turn 4 points5 points6 points 5 years ago (0 children). In the sections below we discuss all the strengths and shortcomings we discovered while testing the Orbit. A list of album titles is not an adequate description. Could anyone please describe differences between the entry-level Audio-Technica cartridge and the AT95E? Yes, MDF isn't a proper material but i think once powder coated it probably reacts a lot like acrylic... so, is it really just for the look? It also allegedly has better wow and flutter with the acrylic platter, however in my case I noticed very little difference. In fact, nearly 90% of the parts in their Orbit turntable come from local suppliers. Its nice to have though as you are able to minimize potential damage to your records, however its not required. As for sound, I don't have much of a reference besides the in store LP60. This is their highest cost machine and it set me back $660USD (ouch), but I was enticed by that true hardwood plinth made from Pennsylvania Walnut. So now I'm doubting my purchase, but I just can't seem to find many online opinions that share this guy's low opinion. Investors in U-Turn’s Kickstarter-funded Orbit turntable get more than their money’s worth in this remarkably well-designed record player manufactured in Woburn, Massachusetts. This manual belt drive turntable features a configuration that is an extension of a base model. I don't even need to change speeds, all my stuff is 33.33. Check local shops and craiglist postings. Highly recommended entry-level player. Really the only options for NEW turntables is AT LP60 < AT LP120 < U-turn Orbit < Pro ject Essential/Carbon. Should I wait a little bit longer and save up for the better player, or will this get me what I need? Mine has the cue arm which is super helpful and minimizes damage to records. Thanks everyone for the replies! Im considering buying a U-Turn Orbit turntable, any advice? by Sjoerd. I also recommend getting a cheap-ish vintage receiver with the money you would have spent on the U-Turn, a good one will last decades if you get the capacitors replaced and the knobs cleaned. Please visit /r/vinylcollectors in order to sell, trade, and seek albums. Great vinyl playback shouldn't be a hassle. Cue arms are a necessity imo else you risk damage. The pitch is dead on, and it plays those annoying off-center presses much better. [–]thewhiteSPOTU-Turn 5 points6 points7 points 5 years ago (0 children). Thanks so much ! There are many … [–]EdBennerU-Turn 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (2 children). This allows the Orbit's RCA outputs to feed any line-level consumer audio device with standard unbalanced inputs. /r/audiophile - Quality Audio Reproduction. Posts without adequate description will be removed automatically. Im a starter and Ive been looking at a few reviews, and from what ive read, I could also go for an audio-technica at-lp60 which is probably a little better quality, but the looks of the orbit really makes the difference for me (considering the sound wont be a whole lot different). I tend to listen to albums as a whole without skipping songs so I don't think I need a cue lever. With its minimalistic design the Orbit turntable doesn’t come with a lot of ornaments. [–][deleted] 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (0 children). With some high quality, component upgrades a nice improvement to the regular U-turn Orbit. Why we picked the U-Turn Orbit Plus: U-Turn’s Orbit Plus is among the best-sounding and most beautiful turntables you can buy for under $500, and that’s largely because of its simplicity. We install the cartridge and balance the tonearm, so you’ll be spinning within minutes. EDIT: Also, the Orbit is made in USA. However, we were able to get it to skip via a table bump equivalent to a clumsy stumble. I guess this isn't necessarily just for the Orbit, but anyone with cartridge experience. (3) No meme or rage comic image posts. Specifically, cartridges. I have just scrapped 2 Japanese Yamahas that spec'd way better than an orbit, but upon measuring tonearm force with a scale found the bearings were sticking/failing which is a fatal issue on 80's yamahas. The belt fits perfectly around the acrylic platter and has never slipped on me. I was wondering if people have experience with the U-Turn Orbit Turntable. Combo Pack. The Orbit sounds better, and looks WAAAAY better. The minimalist design looks awesome, I couldn't be more happy. This means I have limited use with it, probably 8-10 hours or so between multiple plays of 4 different records. Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Business Insider's Insider Picks team. I wonder if they might have had trouble with the first batches since ive read many comments saying it worked fine for them.. Also, i live in Canada, and i wonder if shipping is risky as it could damage the thing.. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy. This … Message us so that we can check it out for you. Also a comparison to the Grado Black1. The Orbit is ready to play out right of the box. Sounds great and looks great! 5) Accessories, i think for me they're not worth it for now (like the cork mat). U-Turn Audio is a company with a simple goal: to offer a functional and beautiful turntable at a reasonable price. I noticed a much better response curve and my music sounding much better after I replaced my $12 Pyle preamp with a Little Bear Tube Phono Preamp. Ive had it fall off due to my incompetence but its able to be put back on the platter in about 5 minutes. Using your Orbit is simple - just turn it on and lower the tonearm. 5) I don't have the mat, and i don't know if I will. Every Orbit is ready to play out of the box. The cue is useful and reccomended and not required and can always be added later. Just turn it on and lower the arm. U-Turn makes a special version of the Orbit with a pre-amp built-in, called “ The Orbit … It would be hard for me to go back, though ill probably hang on to the U Turn for a secondary set up down the line and see how it sounds w/ different speakers and all that. I love Safe As Milk. Enjoying your music should be easy and worry-free. The Bottom Line The U-Turn Orbit Basic turntable manages to keep costs low while streamlining the set-up and offering shoppers a lot of options to customize the color and build. Overall we found it hard to be critical of the U-Turn Orbit Special, the fact that it brings so many quality components to the table is impressive for the price. This is where the Orbit leaves the competition in the dust. Rendered by PID 18478 on r2-app-01596a917c77251a7 at 2020-12-23 23:41:07.014009+00:00 running 6abf2be country code: US. It only has one button: a power switch located on top of the turntable. The model that we are going to review is the U-Turn Audio Orbit Plus. Could anyone please describe differences between the entry-level Audio-Technica cartridge and the AT95E? Harassment Policy: It is inevitable that users will appear from all walks and times in life, causing us to have disagreements. I ended up sending mine back in to U-Turn. Saying they're even in the same class is an insult to the orbit, which has many features that the lp60 lacks, better support (uturns support is beyond exceptional), isn't made entirely of plastic and will sound a hell of a lot better. The U-Turn Audio Orbit Plus also prevented skipping in our test quite well, falling just behind the Fluance RT81 with a score of 7 out of 10. Great vinyl … Just picked up the JDS Headphones amp and it's amazing. 2) The cartridge, stick with te basic one and then upgrade to your heart's desire later on. Also a comparison to the Grado Black1. There’s a queuing lever and it’s also belt driven. I was wondering if people have experience with the U-Turn Orbit Turntable. Connect to your favorite components. [–]faemirPro-Ject 7 points8 points9 points 5 years ago (0 children). The U-Turn Orbit Special comes with an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge (a great cartridge). You can get it repaired if it's broken - which it may well be - but repairing them yourself is surprisingly cheap and easy, and it's a skill worth knowing if you're going down the analog road. $475 - Rega Planar 1 - Turntable Lab. [–]EdBennerU-Turn 0 points1 point2 points 5 years ago (0 children), [–]soundandlightTechnics 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (2 children). Please ask for help by using the Submit a New Question button above. The cue lever is absolutely necessary. We install the cartridge and balance the tonearm, so you’ll be spinning within minutes. /r/uncommongrailz - Not Your Average Grailz. Cartridges can make one of the biggest differences in how a table sounds. Thanks, [–]goldswimmerbU-Turn 7 points8 points9 points 5 years ago (0 children). The U-Turn Orbit Basic offers good sound quality at an affordable price, but it lacks some of the features that make a turntable easier to use. Good choice. (self.vinyl). Total cost, not including the speakers which I already had: ~$85. I don't know too much about it, but it's definitely much, much better than the LP60. Trusting your hands to correctly put and remove the tonearm on your record it hard work, and you may damage either the stylus or the record itself. $499 - Pro-Ject RPM1 Carbon - Turntable Lab. If you find yourself in a conversation that is moving toward personal differences and confrontation, please have the mindfulness to remove yourself from the situation. The U-Turn Orbit Basic offers good sound quality at an affordable price, but it lacks some of the features that make a turntable easier to use. These three models should cover an audience from a vinyl beginner to an expert. To the U-Turn Orbit, but.. so what and natural tones that I think. 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