Seen at High End Munich 2023: Takumi TT Level 3.1 Turntable

Continuing with our highlighting of among the coolest gear seen and heard at High End Munich 2023, we now flip our eyes and ears to Takumi’s TT Level 3.1 turntable.

To be extra particular, over in Halle 4 R10 — a.ok.a. Hall 4, Booth 10 — the Takumi TT Level 3.1 turntable was a part of a top-shelf demo system comprising a Moonriver Audio 505 phono stage, Moonriver 404 built-in amplifiers, Aretai audio system, and Viablue cables. The haunting, affecting music used for the stability of this new Dutch turntable’s demo’ing was courtesy Anouk, a singer/songwriter additionally from the Netherlands.

The stats are these. The Takumi TT Level 3.1 comes with a “exactly machined” (their phrases) Delrin platter, stated to lead to near-perfect coupling to reduce mechanical vibrations. With a better density than acrylic platters, Delrin is additional stated to extend pace stability to cut back wow and flutter.

The Level 3.1’s plinth is constructed from stable wooden — the 2 choices being beech and walnut — as enclosed by two acrylic layers, with the highest layer mechanically decoupled to cut back potential vibrations.

Both the pace choice (for 33 1/3 and 45rpm) and tonearm-lift controls are positioned on the entrance proper nook of the three.1. The tonearm relaxation and damped tonearm carry are built-in with one another. The top of the tonearm relaxation could be adjusted to match the vertical monitoring angle (VTA) of the tonearm. (Takumi factors out that the ultimate structure of those controls might differ barely from the manufacturing mannequin.)


An non-compulsory SpeedPod (seen above) — which will also be used with the Level 3.1’s predecessor, the Level 2.1DC — contains a digital show displaying the turntable’s rpm. The SpeedPod additionally supplies the choice for the person to change the pace manually by way of pitch management, though the corporate notes that calibration will also be carried out by a licensed seller.

The SRP for Takumi’s TT Level 3.1 turntable is €2,495 (or $2,683 U.S., as of this posting). I’ve reached out on to Takumi to search out out extra concerning the 3.1’s window of availability, their general worldwide distribution plans, and different pricing-related Qs. Whenever I hear again from them, I’ll embrace an addendum on this area.

For now, please get pleasure from how this ’desk presents itself in superb listening firm. (I’m advised the dustcover was not in place for the precise demos, however just for functions of how they selected to movie the clip introduced above.)

For extra about Takumi, go right here.


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