Buy Transrotor in Europe

michkhol -- Tue, 08/02/2011 - 10:01

If you are in the market for a JR Transrotor turntable (like Zet 3.1), the prices from Axiss Audio are just insane. $7500 for the basic configuration, while in Germany you can have it for 2850 Euros with VAT. Subtract VAT (19%) and convert it to US dollars and it'd cost you ~$3300 plus shipping and duty fees. Axiss says that in the US it comes with an "upgraded power supply" but by no means it justifies the difference. Or if you are eager to spend the $7500 you can have the tuntable and a nice European vacation for the price.
http://www.hifi-phono-house.com/Turntables/Transrotor-Turntable/ZET-3---...
Additional info about potential 50/60Hz compatibility problem. The turntable seems to come with a simple wallwart step-down transformer that would produce 60Hz at output instead of 50Hz in the US. One way is to order (build) a custom pulley with the smaller diameter. The other way (and I think it's what Axiss does) is to use one of the "Kontakt" series PSUs where the frequency can be changed electronically. The source is http://www.phonophono.de/pdf/phono_katalog_transrotor_zet123.pdf (in German).

vade@att.net -- Sun, 08/07/2011 - 17:37

Having purchased a couple pair of speakers from Europe to save money, I'm in no position to criticize your post. However, if you buy direct, you shouldn't expect any service or tech support from Axiss, and possibly not from Europe, either. It's possible that a voltage converter might not produce the same performance as a power supply made for the US. Just some possibilities to consider.
 
Vade Forrester

michkhol -- Sun, 09/18/2011 - 22:10

No tech support is not an issue for me. Mechanical failures should be very unlikely, as for electronics I'm perfectly capable of fixing things myself. The voltage converter has nothing to do with the performance if properly chosen. Even if it uses a motor driven directly from the mains frequency, a $1000 extra for the dedicated PSU still makes it a bargain.

vade@att.net -- Mon, 09/19/2011 - 07:26

I'm glad that you're able to fix problems that might arise; however, I made my comment for the benefit of those who might not be as handy as you and who might be tempted to buy direct from Europe based on your message.

michkhol -- Mon, 09/19/2011 - 10:15

I have updated my first post with the info I got from a US dealer and the Internet.

volvic -- Sun, 08/14/2011 - 20:48

 Wow! those are great prices, it is amazing the markup that exists here in the US for those tables.  If I had known I might have thought twice but in the end I find buying a VPI was the best way to go as parts, advice and service costs are low in comparison to these European tables.  Still a good price and I think worth the savings. 

TD160 -- Tue, 09/20/2011 - 01:42

You guys got it good in the USA. In Australia we pay more (US$1 =AU$1). If I want to buy a Ortofon RS-309D tonearm, the price from Needle Doctor USA is $2449, in Australia from RIP-OFF Speakerbits (Australia Agent of Ortofon) the price is $3949. I buy Ortofon online only, NOT from rip-off Speakerbits Australia.
http://www.speakerbits.com/Default.aspx?menupage=137&pi=2

Joy 07 -- Wed, 01/18/2012 - 05:46

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