Why subject oneself to all the bother and aggravation? The simple answer is this: the sound. The not so simple answer is that the Nottingham Space 294, much like certain fine British automobiles such as the Morgan Aero 8, gives much greater results than the apparent sum of its parts would lead one to expect. I’ve used a Space 294 in my system for many years now and it has shown an uncanny ability to get the very best from almost all of the phono cartridges I’ve used with it (though a particularly great pairing is that of the Space 294 with Shelter’s gorgeous Harmony MC cartridge). But apart from revealing the subtle intricacies of various phono cartridges and phono stages, Nottingham’s Space 294 does something more. It not only affords great sound in a hi-fi sense, but more importantly consistently sounds like real music. And that, my friends, is what makes all the quirks and foibles of the Space 294 not only tolerable, but a privilege and a joy.
Notingham Analogue Studios Space 294 turntable: £1,810
Nottingham Analogue Studios 12" Ace Space tonearm: £1,030
Optional Heavy Kit platter: £610