Aficionados are well aware of the ritual of removing a turntable from its package and how exciting it is… And setting up a JR Transrotor turntable is no exception!
This DARKSTAR uses no suspension or damping system. Like on its entire lineup, Transrotor relies on a combination of mass technology, dense and neutral materials. The chassis and platter of the DARKSTAR are constructed of POM, i.e. polyoxymethylene for the chemists out there, and Delrin, the Dupont registered trademark, as most of us will know it. This resin combines many of the properties of metals and plastics, including strength, rigidity and resistance to impact, moisture and temperature. Its damping and anti-vibration abilities are similar to acrylic.
The DARKSTAR rests on three feet. The motor and tonearm bases are suspended.
The platter undergoes special treatment to reduce vibration and resonance stemming from the drive system. It is visible on the underside of the platter and features concentric ribbing. Its weight and design result in great inertia. The drive principle is quite standard. It comprises a belt and AC synchronous motor. As with most high-end turntables, there is no sub-platter and the belt just slips around the edge of the platter. The stainless steel drive spindle rests on a brass housing. The bearing comprises a ceramic ball-bearing.
The TR 800 S tonearm is from Jelco and, thus, looks very standard (probably because Jelco produces tonearms for Linn, Koetsu, Audioquest and other brands). It uses an S-shaped arm tube with oil damping. Setup is child's play! As the headhsell is removable and universal the cartridge can be replaced quickly and hassle-free.
The DARKSTAR comes with a great polished aluminium record clamp, Like most of Transrotor's products, this turntable is upgradable. It can be combined with a second Delrin sub-chassis, as well as an outboard power supply "Konstant 1" …
As with many rigid turntable models, setup is a paradigm of simplicity. Position the plinth and compensate for level using the front towers, position the motor, platter and belt and you're done! Let the music play!
Don't let the appearance of this JR TRANSROTOR fool you! Its musicality is definitely not dull or dark! Quite the opposite! It delivers a vibrant sound with a lot of substance. It picks up transient cues very quickly and clearly. This DARKSTAR will definitely keep you on your toes! The level of detail and transparency deliver the recording and mixing with great authenticity. The timbres are very authentic and rich. The noise level is very low, almost inaudible. The overall neutrality makes this turntable readily compatible with many MM and MC cartridges and phono preamplifiers.
JR Transrotor's DarkStar is a great turntable on all accounts: design, musicality, versatility, etc. This product has great value for money and you won't regret your investment. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Franck
Principle: Rigid turntable
Plinth: Black acrylic, thickness 30 mm
Platter: Black PYTC, thickness 60 mm
Platter: Synchronous AC
Motor drive: Belt drive
Speeds: 33 rpm and 45 rpm
Spindle: Stainless steel
Bearing housing: Bronze
Bearing: Ceramic ball
Tonearm: Tr 800 S
Record clamp: Aluminium
Cartridge: TR Uccello MM
Dimensions: 46 x 34 cm
Height: 18 cm
Weight: 24 kg