Two-speed belt driven turntable
Essentially the same performance and specification as the BD1 unit.
The main differences are the larger platform and integral with this is the lift / lower mechanism for the pick-up arm.
The BD2 is designed for sprung anti-vibrational mounting.
Drive motor: synchronous constant speed 375rpm at 50Hz
Speeds: 33.33 and 45rpm (manual change)
Platter: 10 1/4" (26cm) lathe turned aluminium casting with precision ground spindle and phosphor bronze bearing
Drive: precision ground round section rubber belt
Performance: considerably exceeds broadcast specifications for turntables in respect of hum, rumble, wow and flutter
Wow and flutter: less than 0.1%
operating instructions (en) - SteveTateUSA
A operating instructions (en) - SteveTateUSA
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Connoisseur Belt Drive Turntables
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Put plainly, Arthur Sugden was a genius, the Connoisseur is a jewel in the rough, and its the best value in audio. I have 3 BD2's, I've taken the motors apart, I've tweaked them up the yahoo, I know these turntables inside out and I know how to tune them. Those who think the BD2 mediocre do not understand the Connoisseurs and do not deserve to own one. The BD2 is a unique and brilliant design, way ahead of its time. This table knows how to play music, and if I had to choose between my Connoisseur BD2 and my Rega Planar 3, it would be bye-bye Rega. It may not beat multi kilobuck tables in definition or soundstage, but if you understand how to properly set up the motor, the spring suspension and the rest, this table will sing. It can be very engaging and very musical ( as opposed to an analytical sound, like Rega, Roksan, etc). Its possible to get great timbre, you-are-there quality, PRATT in spades, melodic bass, unfatiguing highs, and many of the characteristics that good audiophiles cherish. You think its a piece of junk and want to throw it away? I'll take the Connie off your hands! (I know how to use it!). Everyone who's heard mine found the sound stunningly good. And I have the stock base and everything. But like its predecessor, the BD1, you can put it in any base you want. Despite its ridiculously low original selling price, every part on this jewel is made to a high standard of quality of which you won't find on any new decks today. As such it beats out most any entry level turntable of today's crop where it counts the most: in terms of musicality, rhythm, and sheer fun-ness.
9/10 by CountBlah
Wonderful deck.I got mine as part payment for a TD160 and once I had put it on a plinth with a Jelco SA50 and an Ortofon 2M Blue it certainly sings.The anaylitical sound of the 2M Blue was even tamed.A very musical set up and one that I will definitely keep.
9/10 by Richard Coxon
The basic deck is competent, if a little quirky. Provided the motor suspension is properly set up, that is, good rubber and correct pulley height, the drive is reliable.
A ten inch aluminium platter is unusual. Maybe the machine shop could not take bigger, but it provides sound support for the LP. Definitely better than tin or mazak. Overall the deck is very compact. The arm, an SAU2 is of a shorter length than just about everything on the market, It has the appearance of being a copy of an original by M Mouse, but works surprisingly well with medium to high compliance cartridges (I use Shure M75). Due to the compact nature of the deck fitting a longer arm would be problematic.
A competent if unexciting package in todays terms.
7/10 by malbee
First real setup i ever heard. it had a goldring G800 cartridge fitted, nice sound from the 1960s posted 2013
6/10 by desertdog