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DUAL CS 600: PLINTH
The CS 600 is fully manual. Its plinth is made of solid MDF and is coated in a striking gloss finish, available in black or white. A more affordable version is also available with a black matte finish.
This body sits on 3 aluminium feet, which very effectively decouple the turntable from the surface it is placed on. As such, they reduce vibrations and resonance from the surface.
The phono cable is not captive and can therefore easily be replaced with a more ambitious model (RCA/RCA). However, the cable delivered with the CS 600 turntable is also excellent!
DUAL CS 600: PLATTER AND SPEEDS
The 1.05kg platter consists of several aluminium layers and is powered by a DC motor and flat belt. This prevents all vibrations from reaching the plinth. It is regulated and controlled electronically.
The platter uses an acrylic platter mat.
The Dual CS 600 can play records at three speeds: 33⅓, 45 and 78 rpm.
DUAL CS 600: TONEARM AND CARTRIDGE
This Dual turntable uses an excellent solid aluminium tonearm fitted with a removable carbon fibre headshell. As a standard, it is not fitted with a cartridge.
This tonearm uses a gyroscopic gimbal, which reduces friction to a minimum and ensures incredible precision. It also lets you adjust the tracking force as it has an extremely precise torsion spring in the vertical axis.
The antiskating system is also adjustable using the dial on the tonearm base.
DUAL CS 600: LISTENING AND REVIEW
Within seconds of listening to this record player, it was clear that its frequency response was far superior to Dual’s other models, especially in the bass register.
The sound stage is precise and relatively full-bodied, and could even be described as generous with certain records. The timbres are warm and rich. The midrange is beautifully present.
The overall sound is highly musical and expressive across all registers. It is never aggressive or harsh, no matter the style of music being played.
The Dual CS 600 vinyl turntable proudly demonstrates the German brand’s high-end capabilities gained from 90 years in the audio business! It is clear from the sound quality of this turntable that it is proud of its roots, which is why it is sure to satisfy nostalgic music lovers on the hunt for that analogue sound!
It also gives you a wide range of options for the phono cartridge you choose to use (excluding low compliance MC cartridges) and is hugely user-friendly.