U-Turn Audio Orbit on Kickstarter
Back in August, we told you about the proposed $150 Orbit turntable from upstart U-Turn Audio. The company is now moving closer to making their dream a reality. And, if they can keep their promise of high-performance sound and construction, that reality will likely be a dream-come-true for many young and budget-minded music lovers.
U-Turn Audio is funding their project through Kickstarter and hopes to raise $60,000 by Monday, January 21, 2013. As I write, 90 backers have pledged $15,666. (Is that a multiple of 33.3?)
Visit U-Turn Audio's Kickstarter page for more info.
Some may argue that, even if U-Turn Audio reaches their goal, the company will face a difficult challenge in matching the performance of well-established entry-level turntables such as the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon ($399), Rega RP1 ($445), and Music Hall MMF-2.2 ($449), but I would argue that at just $150, the U-Turn Audio Orbit doesn’t have to compete with those models.
Don’t forget: To the person on a strictly limited budget, there is an enormous difference between $150 and $400. The U-Turn Audio Orbit, therefore, merely has to be better than the plastic USB turntables currently flooding the market. I think it stands a chance.