Turntable of the Year: Kronos
The Kronos turntable turned the tables on vinyl – literally. The floating top-down suspended turntable (hanging from four towers by means of more than 300 silicone o-rings) features two platters: beneath the regular platter spins another identical platter in perfect counter-rotation. This two-platter arrangement (driven by a pair of extremely well-controlled Swiss DC motors) is designed to cancel out any torsional and residual rotational effects passing from the platter through the subchassis to the arm, and ultimately the cartridge. The result was a sound with a remarkably silent background, and a turntable that sounds like all the best turntables handed over what they do best. And once it is set up, it requires minimal maintenance. Just 250 Kronos turntables will be made: but if that – or the £30,000 asking price – is a problem, just look to the Sparta turntable from the same brand reviewed in this issue! (Reviewed in Issue 107).