Sunday, December 5, 2010
Shindo Garrard 301
I just received an email from Brian Walker, a fellow audiophile and longtime Vinyl Anachronist reader. He asked me, "Marc, if you could own any turntable in the world right now, what would it be?"
Well, Brian, it would probably be this Garrard 301 from Shindo Laboratories, a Japanese manufacturer who specializes in very high-end tubed amplification (not to mention loudspeakers based upon the legendary Altec Lansing 608 and 609 drivers). This extensively modded Garrard isn't cheap (it's about $19,000, depending upon exchange rates, but it does include an Ortofon-based SPU arm and cartridge), but you did say "any" turntable!
I've heard this 'table just once, but it made a huge impression. First of all, it's absolutely breathtaking. Second, it offers sound quality that equals if not surpasses state-of-the-art modern designs!