Heed Audio Orbit 2 Turntable Power Supply
- Please Note : We Recommend Customers Consult an Electrical / Electronics Engineer, Prior to altering or upgrading their turntable Power Supply / Motor circuitry.
The speed accuracy and stability of many belt drive turntables driven by a synchronous motor depends entirely upon the quality/consistency of frequency delivered by the domestic mains supply. However, mains frequency at 50Hz leaves much to be desired since it is subject to fluctuation, distortion, and other innumerable problems prior to reaching your listening room.
The Heed ORBIT 2 off-board turntable power supply offers a sophisticated solution to stabilise and improve any 4-pole, 110V syncronous motor drive, elevating your deck's sonic performance to startling new levels of musicality.
The ORBIT was, in its early version still as single-speed (33 1/3 RPM) device, originally designed to compliment the Linn Sondek LP12 as an affordable alternative to Linn's top-of-the-line LP12/Lingo combination. Even more excitingly, the ORBIT can be the ideal partner for the vast majority or Rega turntables (Planars 2&3, P2, P3, P25), their OEM derivatives as marketed by the likes of NAD and Goldring, and various models offered by Nottingham Analogue, Thorens, Manticore, and Kuzma to name just a few. That's more than a half-million turntables out there just begging for improvement!
The ORBIT 1 requires only a small modification of the motor circuitry (the capacitor used to provide phase shift needs to be removed from the circuit - preferably carried out by your qualified dealer/technician). The ORBIT 2 is all that and more, adding the convenience of genuine Plug'N' Play compatibility (no modification necessary) for any deck equipped with a 4-pole, 110V synchronous motor.
The ORBIT 2 makes it possible to switch speed between 33 1/3 and 45 RPM via one single, elegant push-button in lieu of the rather fussy manual speed change arrangement of many turntables (removing the platter and shifting the belt on the motor pulley time and time again.)
the ORBIT 2 regulates your turntable's motor drive via an intricate quadrature-quartz speed generator, providing unsurpassed speed accuracy and pitch stability. Packed into their hefty shielded steel casework (protecting the units from electromagnetic interference and vibration) are two mains-filtering transformers, and a high-current amplification circuit to assure that the power passed onto your motor is silky-smooth and constant, with no fluctuation and virtually immesurable distortion.
All told, the resulting sonic performance is previously unknown in this price category. Backgrounds become "blacker", bass gains added depth, and the overall soundstage widens accordingly. In fact, until the introduction of the ORBIT, Heed might only have expected to achieve such levels of grip, authority, and musicality with high-end turntables costing several times as much as, say, a Rega P3.