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Monolith by Monoprice turntable

Posted: 16 Sep 2019 17:52
by Boltman92124
Saw this over at the Hoffman forum. The $206 price is certainly surprising given that it includes an AT100e cart as well. Anybody ever seen one?? I read it is the same turntable Elac sells for $500.
https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id= ... 050a24060e
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Re: Monolith by Monoprice turntable

Posted: 16 Sep 2019 18:14
by Bob Dillon
Arm looks like the one on the Denon DP 300-F and likely found on several other budget TT's.

Belt drive, plastic plinth, lightweight aluminum platter...yadda yadda. :quack:

Re: Monolith by Monoprice turntable

Posted: 16 Sep 2019 18:25
by Boltman92124
https://www.elac.com/product/miracord-5 ... able/?r=us

It's definitely an Elac Miracord 50, which sells for $350 but only includes an AT91 instead of a 100e. Monolith comes with two platter mats as well, rubber and felt. No captive RCA's either.
$206 seems like a pretty fair price if someone was about to buy the Elac.

Re: Monolith by Monoprice turntable

Posted: 16 Sep 2019 21:13
by lenjack
Monoprice has some very nice products available at excellent prices.

Re: Monolith by Monoprice turntable

Posted: 16 Sep 2019 21:21
by Bob Dillon
Monoprice have some suprisingly good sounding low cost RCA cables - though some complain about them being overly tight.

Re: Monolith by Monoprice turntable

Posted: 16 Sep 2019 21:24
by lenjack
Better too tight than too loose.

Re: Monolith by Monoprice turntable

Posted: 16 Sep 2019 21:25
by Bob Dillon
Unless you have delicately mounted RCA jacks, as on some gear.

Re: Monolith by Monoprice turntable

Posted: 16 Sep 2019 21:37
by Boltman92124
lenjack wrote:
16 Sep 2019 21:13
Monoprice has some very nice products available at excellent prices.
I just figured it looked like a nice entry level TT for $200. It has been on sale for $179 too. An AT100e by itself is a $100 cart and the new version VM520eb is $125. A UTurn Orbit basic comes with an AT91 and no cueing or anti-skate.

Re: Monolith by Monoprice turntable

Posted: 16 Sep 2019 21:53
by bargugl
The Monolith is another Ya Horng turntable. It is similar to the Elac Miracord 50, but it forgoes the Elac's optical speed control system. I take a different version of the Ya Horng apart and add images of teardowns of other versions from around the web to create a sort of breakdown of the various Ya Horng's here:
https://www.avsforum.com/forum/173-2-ch ... 500bt.html

Re: Monolith by Monoprice turntable

Posted: 17 Sep 2019 00:52
by Boltman92124
bargugl wrote:
16 Sep 2019 21:53
The Monolith is another Ya Horng turntable. It is similar to the Elac Miracord 50, but it forgoes the Elac's optical speed control system. I take a different version of the Ya Horng apart and add images of teardowns of other versions from around the web to create a sort of breakdown of the various Ya Horng's here:
https://www.avsforum.com/forum/173-2-ch ... 500bt.html
Great contribution! I wonder how the Monolith sounds with the unusual green stylus 100e cart? If the speed issue is not a problem, it's a good value.

Re: Monolith by Monoprice turntable

Posted: 17 Sep 2019 01:26
by Boltman92124
lenjack wrote:
16 Sep 2019 21:24
Better too tight than too loose.
Lol.

Re: Monolith by Monoprice turntable

Posted: 17 Sep 2019 01:31
by lenjack
Yes, I guess it's true with RCA cables as well. #-o [-X

Re: Monolith by Monoprice turntable

Posted: 17 Sep 2019 19:38
by BMRR
Boltman92124 wrote:
16 Sep 2019 21:37
A UTurn Orbit basic comes with an AT91 and no cueing or anti-skate.
The U-Turn does have antiskating, it's just pre-set at the factory.

Re: Monolith by Monoprice turntable

Posted: 17 Sep 2019 20:19
by Boltman92124
BMRR wrote:
17 Sep 2019 19:38
Boltman92124 wrote:
16 Sep 2019 21:37
A UTurn Orbit basic comes with an AT91 and no cueing or anti-skate.
The U-Turn does have antiskating, it's just pre-set at the factory.
Hey props to U-Turn for making a nice product in the USA. $40 extra for an arm lift on a $179 TT seems kinda silly though, especially with entry level buyers. And don't you need to adjust anti-skate by ear depending on what cartridge/vtf you're using?

Re: Monolith by Monoprice turntable

Posted: 17 Sep 2019 20:29
by BMRR
U-Turn adjusts it for you. Most of their customers choose the cartridge they want when ordering the turntable and won't replace it any time soon, if ever. People who plan to do a lot of cart swapping should buy a different turntable. :)

$40 might seem steep but it's not bad when compared to Rega's which costs $59, or the Ortofon (which they no longer make but used ones sell for $130-$200 on eBay).