Monoprice announces three new turntables that won’t break the bank

Users who are just starting out can opt for the $199 base model.

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Monolith Turntable

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Monolith, the audio brand under the Monoprice umbrella, has released three new Belt Drive Turntables that are packed with premium components and innovative features at affordable price points.

All three models come with Audio-Technica cartridges, aluminum platters, carbon fiber tonearms and adjustable counterweight and anti-skating adjustments. Prices begin at $199 for the base model and $249 for the higher-end models, and the difference in price largely boils down to the cartridges used.

Monolith states that the base model turntable has an Audio-Technica AT-3600L cartridge preinstalled, while the two higher-end models are loaded with Audio-Technica’s AT-VM95E cartridges that feature an elliptical stylus and a powerful output level.

The former is said to deliver a balanced listening experience with warm bass, smooth mids and crisp highs, while the latter offers excellent channel separation and low distortion.

Beyond that, all of the turntables feature selectable phono level and line level outputs, allowing listeners to connect to any line level input on an amp or powered speakers. Users can also connect the turntable to an outboard DAC or computer via the USB output, or make use of the integrated Bluetooth feature to wirelessly connect to any Bluetooth-enabled playback device.

Design wise, the entry level Monolith turntable sports a glossy black finish on its base and an aluminium speed selector and start/ stop knobs for contrast. For $50 more, you can get the premium model, which comes in either glossy black or a rich Walnut finish with anodised black aluminium control knobs.

Additionally, all three Monolith turntables are equipped with a stylish, lightly tinted dust cover. Each purchase also comes with a 1-year replacement warranty and a 30-day no questions asked return policy.

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