Dual CS 514
2-Speed belt-drive turntable
The Dual CS 514 has a DC motor belt-drive, electronic speed switching and lightweight XM300 alloy tonearm.
The plinth is lightweight plastic and the platter pressed from alloy sheet.
The unit features automatic tonearm return and motor stop.
Motor: Dual DC 200-1 or 210-1 DC motor
Drive: belt drive
Speeds: 33.33 and 45rpm
Platter: 304mm non-magnetic
Cartridge: Dual DMS 239
Stylus: DN 239
Tracking force: 2 to 3g
Wow and flutter: 0.08%
Tonearm effective length: 211mm
The bass of the CS 514 was found weak, but free at least from serious boom, and while it was reasonably tidy and controlled overall, it seriously lacked depth and dynamics. Stereo focus was satisfactory - £65 HiFi Choice 1984
Dual have had to make some compromises to keep down the cost but it can't be beaten at the price - Stereo Magazine 1984
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This isn't a bad unit for something that has gone on strong since ~1985 for me. It was originally retrofited with a ceramic cartridge to use on a boom box, but I soon learned of the beauty of a record's sound and upgraded it with an Ortofon OM30 (which at $230 in 1988 for a student was a LOT of money!). I'll always have it until it dies (though I will likely try and fix it). I just bought a replacement stylus (OM30, decided against the OM40 upgrade), and am very happy with the sound.
7/10 by robertross