The Orbit Basic provides unparalleled value for its price. Key features include a precision unipivot tonearm, pre-installed Audio-Technica cartridge, low-resonance MDF platter, and vibration damping feet. The manual belt drive decouples the motor from the platter, which eliminates motor noise and delivers excellent speed consistency at both 33 and 45 RPM. The Orbit Basic is easy to setup and operate, and comes with a one year warranty, dust cover, felt mat, and RCA cables. For more info, check out our turntables page. Made in Boston, MA.
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U-Turn Orbit: An audiophile-quality turntable for $179 by Steve Guttenberg, CNET
"Most cheap turntables sound cheap -- they're rumbly, thin and distorted -- but the U-Turn Orbit Basic suffers no such faults. Before the $179 Orbit's debut, audiophile turntable prices started at around $400. And while used turntables might be a way to get into vinyl for less, turntables are rather delicate devices, so used buys can be risky. If you're ready to take the plunge and explore new vinyl frontiers, you need a decent turntable to hear what the fuss is all about. The Orbit Basic will take you there." Read full review.
U-Turn’s Remarkable $179 Orbit Turntable is A Crosley Killer! by Michael Fremer, Analog Planet
"Everything about the Orbit, from the packaging to the well-engineered bearing system and tone arm demonstrate careful attention to detail and a thorough understanding both of what’s involved in good turntable design and more importantly how to achieve maximum performance on a tight budget… I could have reviewed the $179 U-Turn Orbit turntable taking into account its low price and letting it off easy for the few small issues I had with it since most buyers will plug it in play and enjoy the hell out of it. Welcome new vinyl lovers your adventure is just beginning! But after listening for a day I thought the ‘table should be reviewed on a level playing field with any product I get my hands on. It’s that accomplished." Read full review.
U-Turn Audio Orbit Turntable by Jerold O'Brien, TONEAudio
"First and foremost, the people at U-Turn Audio are to be commended for bringing a domestically manufactured turntable to market at an unbelievably low price. The Orbit, which is manufactured in the USA, is completely manual and comes with an Ortofon Omega cartridge ready to play records. At $179, this represents a miracle of sorts. I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical of this product being any good. After all, how good can a brand new sub-$200, plug-and play turntable be? The Orbit quickly dispels visions of cheap analog-to-USB-to-MP3 toys, thanks to the virtue of its decent build quality and good performance. Moreover, it offers those unfamiliar with analog playback an inexpensive and uncomplicated way to find out what the fuss is all about." Read full review. Issue 59, pg. 70.