As one might expect from the man responsible for so many turntable innovations, George Merrill’s latest turntable, in collaboration with Robert Williams, breaks new ground in its approach to energy management by ingeniously and effectively damping and dissipating resonances wherever they lurk. Music emerges with such exceedingly low coloration and distortion that transparency, fine detail retrieval, openness, and clarity are surprisingly close to what one experiences when listening to a mastertape. The Merrill-Williams R.E.A.L. 101 turntable should be a revelation to those who want to get closer to the sound of a live performance without breaking the bank. It’s easy to set up, and its modularity also allows for future enhancements, including an isolation chamber for the ’table, available later this year.
Dimensions: 17" x 10" x 14.5"
Weight: 42 lbs.
Prices: $5995 turntable; $1190 clamping system with damped center weight and damped periphery clamping ring with strobe
MERRILL-WILLIAMS AUDIO, LLC
820 Herbert Road, Suite #109
Memphis, TN 38108
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