Manufacturer: Nottingham Analogue
Nottingham Analogue Hyperspace Turntable
According to Tom Fletcher, Managing Director of Nottingham Analogue: "Before the Hyperspace we made our now very popular turntable, the Spacedeck. With the Hyperspace, we have taken the principles of the Spacedeck a long way forward. It is not just a bigger looking Spacedeck.The bearings are almost directly from our earlier (and much more expensive) Mentor turntable. The platter weight is well over twice that of the Spacedeck. The thrust assembly is unique by having the oil continually pumped around it - not just relying on the oil getting between the two surfaces on its own. The motor is more isolated, which means less resonance and, because of the ratio of platter weights to motor power, the platter and armboard hardly know the motor is there at all. The 'mat' on the interface between the record and Hyperspace is a 25mm thick graphite platter – which, when married to the soft alloy underneath and coupled by the three anti-expansion rubber rings round the platter, forms a very inert combination indeed.To put your record on a non-ringing material is not the total answer. There is still a speed dissipation needed from the interface of the styli to record; ie., every millisecond in time your styli runs along your record groove it not only gives you information, it creates heat and resonance. The resonance does not want to be hanging around until the next few milliseconds, because we only want to play now - not history and not future. So the marriage of materials is all coupled with a motor that your record/styli interface cannot detect. Shiny pieces of stainless steel and thick slow transmitting pieces of perspex are not the materials we tend to use to make beautiful looking machines - I would rather have a violin made of wood than gold plated brass!With the Hyperspace, fitted with either our ACE Space arm or Anna Arm, the illusion of music comes over without you noticing the machinery."
I have been in possesion of an Hyperspace since 2006. The sound is full and warm en many layers with depth and emotion. I use a Shelter 501 cartridge wich is softer as the Ortofon Jubilee i had before. I have once replaced the motor. Not a big cost. And once in the two years a tea spoon of oil for the bearing. I can advise it too you. It will last a life time!
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