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Ariston RD 11

2-Speed Belt-Drive Turntable

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Features three-point sprung subchassis and heavyweight die-cast platter, all driven by an AC synchronous motor.

Ariston RD 11


The RD11 shared many features with the LP12 Sondek of the period, so much so that many of the upgrades for the LP12 (Valhalla power supply, Nirvana springs etc) will also fit the Ariston. The main differences include the armboard shape (the Ariston's is round) and the main bearing design.

As with all good things, the Ariston RD11 is very simple in concept - and in turntable design, simplicity is the essence of perfection.

A 24 pole synchronous motor, specially designed by Ariston engineers for the RD11 minimises wow and flutter.

Its smooth running, combined with the high mass platter, have contributed to unquestionably excellent specifications.

The main bearing elements consist of a precision ground mirror-finished shaft resting on a perfectly spherical ball-bearing, giving a single point of contact - and reducing friction to a bare minimum.

The tone arm and platter are mounted on a shock absorber to achieve isolation from external vibrations, and two external concentric rubber rings provide positive record support with minimum surface contact, thus eliminating electrostatic build-up.

A slip-clutch mechanism on the belt drive prevents belt stretching and, aided by the high torque motor, ensures a swift and smooth build up to playing speed.

Ariston Audio RD11 - Brilliantly designed, precision engineered to bring you just one quality. Sound perfection.


Type: manual

Drive method: belt drive

Platter: 3.2kg

Speeds: 33.33 and 45rpm

Wow and flutter: 0.06%

Rumble: -78dB


Easy to setup, the RD11 Superieur was thought worth considering - £350 HiFi Choice 1984


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RD11 E

The rd11 e as in pic is one best decks money can buy a much more wighty performance than the lp12 i was shocked by this turntable, and over the years i have become jaded when it comes to hifi i pick one up for £90 wow

Ariston RD 11S turntable

I have used an Ariston RD II S for 30 years (since 1978). I have found it to be a world-beater with the highly modified Grace/Shure V-15 type IIIG tonearm/cartridge combination installed. (Setup and mods by the old Pro Musica of Madison, WI.). It makes MAGIC with the right LP. Tube Preamp and Tube Power Amp (both PRO MUSICA) and Chartwell LS3/5As comprise the rest of the system. My reading seems to indicate that Ariston was FIRST and the LINN was a copy of the Ariston. (The Linn is a hell of a turntable regardless).

Ariston RD 11

Hello fellow "Aristonians", I have an Ariston RD11 (it's in need of a belt right now) that is identical to the picture attached except that the rod which holds up the cover is on the right. I once took my RD11 to my friend's house and made a comparison with my friend's Linn LP12. The comparison violated the rules for a true comparison because the arm and cartridges were different. The Linn had a Linn Basik arm and a Linn moving magnet cartridge while the Ariston had an Audio Technica arm and an Ortofon MC10 moving coil cartridge. very different indeed. Anyway, the RD11's platter felt like it was 50% heavier than the weight of the LP12 and sonically, the bass was dramatically different. The RD11's configuration bass sounded like it went an entire octave lower and with more definition and weight than the LP12's configuration. The midband however sounded smoother on the LP12 than it did on the RD11. Years later, I read the review of the Linn Lingo modification and the difference reported reminded me of the difference I heard between the Linn and Ariston ("un-level playing field") comparison. I am proud of the RD11.