Even if you have the kit to mate one wirelessly to your stereo speakers, a high-end record turntable that doesn’t require a sad, sagging loop of wire to hook up to your amplifier but connects instead by Bluetooth, is a rare, rare thing. Indeed, I’d been looking unsuccessfully for a good wireless record deck for some time when Elipson, the French maker of our home stereo, popped up with this new accessory: the Omega 100 RIAA BT, one of the few such products on the market – and even a near-perfect colour match for the Elipson speakers.
I have to say, at home I listen to almost everything streamed from Tidal these days. But I’m still keen to become part of the vinyl revival trend, and to listen to my record collection again with modern equipment to see how it sounds (the last time I heard most of my LPs was in about 1990, with an Amstrad turntable).
I have since listened to good, modern records on supremely high-end systems – most notably a £250,000 Linn setup – and they are fantastic. But this wonderfully convenient deck beaming its output by Bluetooth aptX to its Elipson brothers reproduces a large chunk of that thrilling vinyl quality I heard then.
Designed and made in France, it will work with most systems and on all mains voltages and frequencies (note that the quality of mains can adversely affect the precise rotation of turntables). It also has preamps built in to enable you to record LPs to your PC or Mac.
My only quibble: keeping the price down to £500 has meant the build quality and look of the deck is a tad plasticky – some way below the superb finish of the rest of the Elipson system.