There is another albeit very mild concern for those within the Burmester ecosystem; the 175 replaces the 100 you bought just a few short years ago. There will be a good trade in second hand model 100s and the phono stage remains on Burmester’s books, but those wanting the finest in Burmester turntable replay just got a new toy in the 175, and the model 100 can’t play there.
The Burmester 175 has to be right because of its position in the line. The first ‘headline’ audio product launched after the passing of Dieter Burmester himself, the company’s first ever turntable, the most expensive turnkey turntable ever, and is part of the company’s Reference Line... if it took a wrong turn anywhere, there would be blood! Fortunately, everyone can rest easy and no blood has been spilled in the making of this review. This is just a damn good turntable, more than you might ever expect as a first shot across the vinyl bows from the brand. Its price and position puts it in among the best of the best, and it stands with them on build and sonic terms. If you are interested in those things (and let’s face it who isn’t?), you just got your first turnkey turntable.
Type: Belt-driven, non-suspended turntable, with tonearm, cartridge, and phono stage
Chassis: sandwiched aluminium/brass plate
Isolation: Three adjustable magnetic corner feet
Motor: 4x AC synchronous motors
Platter: sandwiched aluminium/brass plate
Arm type: gimballed bearing
Arm length: 9 inches
Cartridge type: moving coil
Phono-stage: MC only, load-variable, based on
Price (including cartridge): £29,800
Manufacturer: Burmester Audiosysteme GmbH
Tel: +49 (0)30 78 79 68-0