Townshend Elite Rock
Two Speed Belt Drive Turntable
The Townshend Rock is built around a high mass, rigid plinth.
Both the plinth and heavy platter are mineral castings within a metal skin.
Drive is via an AC synchronous motor and belt drive.
The unit features a tonearm damping trough filled with silicon fluid which dampens tonearm movement at the headshell.
The Rock is available with an optional Walnut finish plinth and acrylic lid.
Type: manual turntable
Drive method: belt drive
Speeds: 33 and 45rpm
Wow and flutter: <0.08% (CCIR)
Arm lengths: 180 to 240mm (centre to centre)
Dimensions: 400 x 326 x 112mm (442 x 368 x 143mm inc plinth and lid)
Weight: 10kg (motor unit), 2.3kg (plinth and lid)
The Rock did well on audition, demonstrating a good stability of pitch, with a neutral, even handed tonal balance. It performed competently throughout the frequency range with clean bass, good perspectives in the midband, and an un-exaggerated treble. Stereo focus was good, and cartridges tracked well with reduced low frequency noise - Rock mk2 £280 HiFi Choice 1984
Overall the closest reproduction to master tape we've heard, with stunning real bass and excellent neutrality. Front end trough improves LF detail significantly - Rock Reference/Excalibur £2295 (arm £745) HiFi Choice 1992
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Solid deep, well defined bass.
Open life-like upper regions too. Vocals very tangible & good ambiance. Very low surface noise. A very enjoyable listen.
Responds well to upgrades eg; merlin psu. Great secondhand buy.
Tested with- Alphason Xenon MCS, AT-F3. Kinshaw phono.
10/10 by rockdove