I am not a vinyl sort of guy, but if I were, this £20,000 limited edition Limited Edition Anniversary Turntable might lead to an ugly divorce.

I happened across the Avid in Tone magazine (Thanks Dave!)

Category: Music, Weekend

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4 Responses to “Avid Limited Edition Anniversary Turntable”

  1. gloppie says:

    Beautiful. But a bit massive looking.
    How does it sound?
    “Sound quality is sublime, open, dynamic, vivid, lifelike in presentation, yet delicate and revealing with background and surface noise pushed further into the background than ever before”
    If they say so :c)
    Limited Edition to 10 pieces. They’ll find 10 buyers I’m sure, not me though.

  2. JasRas says:

    That look like it will play well thru a 6.0 earthquake! The divorce would be tough to get through, but 185g vinyl played on that might sooth the soul…

  3. Joe says:

    Back in the mid/late 80′s I was in the industry on the manufacturing side. The most expensive table back then then was the Goldmund Reference. $25K, no arm, no cartridge. Do the math about what it would go for today.

    You had your 3 types of customers, the audiophiles who bought what they could afford to listen to music, the audiophiles who had 25 favorite records and once they had gotten bored with what they sounded like, bought something new, or used, or even went downscale to make them sound different, and the truly flush non audiophiles who bought the dealer’s top of the line system and when you dropped in to install an upgrade, still had the same record that you’d left on it a month ago.

    The industry has been/is in serious decline for years. I saw the first portent after hours in a manufacturers suite at the CES in the mid 80′s. He played an action clip from an Indiana Jones through a modest system with the hot new 21″, first of the truly excellent oversize high performance video monitors of the day. The far superior to then TV sound made the excellent video experience awe striking and equal to any theatre system in a private home environment.

    Later in the decade, I had a chance to hear the Lucas Films private screening system under the same circumstances. Mediocre music reproduction, flat fucking amazing experience with the current Indiana Jones action clip.

    With the video allowing the brain to concentrate on the whole of the experience, rather than recreating the musical experience in the mind’s eye, the current good home music/theatre system is pretty damn good. Add in home computing/ipods/digital convenience and the revolution in source material, and the home entertainment industry is hugely diffuse compared to the analog era. Kind of like the variety in choices and the quality level of a good restaurant today smokes that of 30 years ago.

    But we have a local restaurant who’s owner/chef won on The Iron Chef TV program and great is always head and shoulders better than really good.

    Maybe the Avid is really good or maybe it is head and shoulders great, but it is irrelevant today. But I sure miss the opportunity to nerd around with one for an hour or two… Digital is great, until you go back and listen to some seriously good analog.

  4. Joe says:

    Got curious. Apparently a current Goldmund reference is $300+K .

    http://www.goldmund.com/products/reference_ii

    I’m still using what started out as a Linn Sondek, vintage 1980. I’ve gotten a new cartridge though….