This Just In: U-Turn

We’ve upped our turntable offerings! In addition to Audio Technica, Numark, ION and Spin Alley vintage turntables, we’re now stocking beautiful decks by U-Turn Audio. Not only are the U-Turn Orbit turntables cleverly pared down with quality parts and sharp design, they’re also hand-assembled in Boston, and a majority of the components come from the US – pretty remarkable considering the price point. We’ll be regularly stocking U-Turn, so if you have a request for a certain color or model, special orders are no extra charge! Read a little more about the U-Turn Orbits and check out this week’s in-stock list below. -MLE

Performance Priced Right
A turntable should be reliable and easy to use, but most importantly it should sound great. High-performance tables can be prohibitively expensive, and budget tables too often sacrifice quality for unnecessary features. So we set out to build a turntable that outperforms its price tag. By redesigning classic audiophile components and leaving out nonessentials, we created a simple, all-analog table that provides warm and detailed sound. Easy to setup and use, the Orbit delivers a pure vinyl experience.

The Quiet Revolution
The Orbit’s low-voltage AC synchronous motor provides excellent speed consistency and minimizes pitch variation (wow & flutter). The motor is decoupled from the plinth using a unique rubber suspension that prevents unwanted vibrations from seeping into the sound, The Orbit’s CNC machined pulley turns an exposed drive belt and plays both 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records. The platter rides on an inverted main bearing – providing superior stability and reduced bearing noise (rumble). In other words, all you hear is the music on your record.

A Perfectly Balance Tonearm
The tonearm is the crucial link between record and speakers. To do its job well, it must achieve harmony between tracking force, mass distribution, and rigidity. The Orbit’s innovative unipivot arm turns effortlessly on an inverted pyramid of precision ball bearings, and works with the arm’s low center of mass to provide accurate tracking. Every Orbit comes pre-fitted with your choice of an Audio-Technica, Ortofon, or Grado Labs moving magnet (MM) cartridge, which is balanced by an adjustable stainless steel counterweight. The Orbit’s silver-plated wiring is housed within an aluminum armtube, ensuring faithful signal transfer from the cartridge.

Take It For A Spin
The Orbit is ready to play out of the box. Cartridges come pre-installed with tracking force properly adjusted, so you will be spinning within minutes. Dust cover, felt mat, and RCA cables are all included. Playing the Orbit is easy – all you have to do is turn it on and lower the stylus. Parts are interchangeable so you can upgrade down the line and tailor your turntable to your needs.

Made With Love In Boston
Every Orbit is assembled by hand in our Woburn, Massachusetts workshop. Prior to shipping, each turntable goes through comprehensive listening, wow & flutter, and rumble tests, as well as a 15-point performance evaluation. Every Orbit comes with a one year warranty. The majority of our parts are sourced within the US. Our acrylic platters are turned in Ohio. Our plinths come from Minnesota, and our dustcovers are from Maine. So when you buy an Orbit, you are supporting American manufacturing.


In orbit – new releases, reissues and restocks…
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (180g) 2LP
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black LP; Lioness: Hidden Treasures 2LP
Aphex Twin – Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2 EP 12″
Beastie Boys – Check Your Head 2LP; Paul’s Boutique 2LP
Bill Evans – Interplay LP
Bill Evans Trio – Explorations LP
Billie Holiday – Lady Sings The Blues LP
Blur – The Magic Whip 2LP
Boards Of Canada – Music Has The Right To Children 2LP
Bonobo – Black Sands 2LP; Black Sands Remixed 3LP
Brandon Flowers – The Desired Effect CD*
Burial – Burial 2LP
Cat Power – Sun 2LP; The Covers Record LP
Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles II 2LP
Dead Kennedys – Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death LP
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest LP
Deicide – S/T LP
Disturbed – The Sickness LP*
D’Angelo – Brown Sugar (RTC Version) 2LP*; Voodoo (RTC Version) 2LP
El Perro Del Mar – S/T (Deluxe) 2LP*
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – S/T LP
Elliott Smith – From A Basement On The Hill 2LP
Faith No More – Sol Invictus CD*
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 With Ginger Baker – Live! LP
FKA twigs – EP2 12″
Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes 2LP
Funkadelic – S/T LP; Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On LP
Future Islands – In Evening Air LP
HIM – Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666 (Deluxe) 2LP
Holly Herndon – Platform 2LP
Hot Chip – Why Make Sense? CD*, LP*
Incubus – Trust Fall (Side A) EP 12”*
Jungle – S/T LP
L7 – Bricks Are Heavy LP*
Libertines – The Libertines LP; Up The Bracket LP
Mercyful Fate – The Beginning LP*
Miles Davis – Round About Midnight (Mono) LP
Morcheeba – Big Calm LP
Motorhead – Iron Fist LP*; No Sleep ’Til Hammersmith LP*; Overkill LP*; Bomber LP*
Mountain Goats – Beat The Champ CD
Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind LP
My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall 2LP
N.W.A. & The Posse – S/T LP
Nas – Illmatic LP
Nick Drake – Pink Moon LP
Nina Simone – At The Village Gate LP
Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine LP
Nirvana – Feels Like The First Time 2LP; MTV Unplugged In New York LP
Nothing – Guilty Of Everything LP
Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven LP
Outkast – ATLiens 2LP
Pantera – Vulgar Display Of Power 2LP
Pavement – Watery, Domestic EP 12”
Peter Tosh & Friends – An Upsetters Showcase LP*
Pixies – Best Of: Wave Of Mutilation 2LP; Doolittle LP
Rage Against The Machine – S/T Picture LP
Ray Charles – Genius + Soul = Jazz LP
Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys CD, LP
Rush – Hemispheres LP
Screaming Females – Rose Mountain CD
Shamir – Ratchet CD, LP
Stan Getz & Chet Baker – Stan Meets Chet LP
Stan Getz – Big Band Bossa Nova LP
Stevie Nicks – Crystal Visions 2LP
The Budos Band – The Budos Band III LP
The Cure – Disintegration 2LP
The Milk Carton Kids – Monterey LP*
The Very Best – Makes A King 2LP
The Who – A Quick One LP; The Who By Numbers LP
The Yardbirds – Little Games LP*
Tool – Lateralus 2LP; Undertow 2LP
Torche – Restarter LP
Torres – Sprinter LP*
Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface CD*
Various – Darjeeling Limited OST LP
Various – Trojan Records Dub Vol. 1 LP*
Various – Trojan Records Reggae Vol. 1 LP*
Various – Trojan Records Rock Steady Vol. 1 LP*
Various – Trojan Records Roots Vol. 1 LP*
Velvet Underground – S/T LP
Venom – Black Metal LP*
World Psychedelic Classics Vol. 5 – Who Is William Onyeabor? 3LP
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) LP
Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too LP

*Indicates new release or new reissue