Merrill-Williams R.E.A.L. 101.3 turntable Specifications

Sidebar 1: Specifications

Description: Two-speed, belt-driven turntable with outboard power supply. Speeds: 331/3 and 45rpm. Wow & flutter: <0.02%. Speed accuracy: 2 parts per million.
Dimensions: 17.25" (438mm) W by 8.25" (210mm) H (with clamp) by 13.75" (350mm) D. Weight: 40 lb 18.2kg).
Serial number of unit reviewed: 3010.
Price: $7995 ($8295 as reviewed). Approximate number of dealers: 6. Warranty: 3 years.
Manufacturer: Merrill-Williams Audio LLC, 820 Herbert Road, Suite 109, Cordova, TN 38019. Tel: (901) 751-3337. Web:

Merrill-Williams Audio LLC
820 Herbert Road, Suite 109
Cordova, TN 38019
(901) 751-3337

Anton's picture

This caught my eye: I found that records were difficult to lift off of the platter, partly because the spindle seems very slightly larger than usual in diameter, and partly because my fingers found it difficult to get a purchase on the edge of the disc—this would be greatly eased by the platter's being a little smaller or a little larger in diameter."

Thanks for mentioning something like that, I fear it would disgruntle me over time.

dalethorn's picture

I'd almost be disappointed if there weren't a few quirks with this device, given the reasonable price for all that you get. Lots of folk will be interested in this, and when their dealers have the workarounds for those quirks in the bag, fait accompli...

Anton's picture

That platter spindle thing is my own idiosyncratic pet peeve. You are more right than I was.

I've always admired Merrill's work!

(Side note, my over under is 5 1/2, will explain later.)

Ortofan's picture

... (not to mention the additional cost for a tonearm) I'd instead be looking at the Luxman PD-171A - only $7K, including the tonearm.

In his review, AD called the Luxman 'table "an unassailably beautiful product that has joined the small, select group of record players I could live with quite happily."