DUAL TURNTABLES FIND NEW AUSTRALIAN HOME
Legacy turntable brand Dual has a new Australian distributor.
Audio Video Revolution (AVR) will now import and market Dual’s complete range of nine models via traditional Hi-Fi specialist stores.
AVR's CEO, Raffi Keverian, is keen to get the Dual-Platten spieler ball rolling, telling StereoNET:
We are genuinely excited to represent one of the world’s most traditional turntable brands in Australia. We’re primed to re-establish Dual in Australia. So primed we’ve organised a small forward shipment of turntables to arrive in about a week.
The current Dual range comprises nine turntables with prices starting at an affordable $649 for the CS440 and peaking at $3500 for the flagship CS600 vinyl spinner.
The CS440 is a budget plug and play model that’s fully automatic and will please first-time turntable models with its easy-to-use auto and return feature. But the CS600 that costs $3000 in standard finish and $3500 for a premium gloss finish is an audiophile fully manual turntable built to track everything recorded on a vinyl groove.
Dual has its headquarters in the German Black Forest town of St.Georgen. It has a long audio history, and it began production 118 years ago when in 1900 it made spring drives for Gramophones.
Its technical innovations included a Gramophone spring drive released in 1927. The new drive gave music lovers the option of manually winding up their record player or opting to drive the platter using an electric motor.
Dual went on to become Europe’s best selling turntable brand. Over its long history, the company has developed more than 100 different models.
Dual’s Apogee arrived during the 70s and 80s when it became a household turntable brand.
During these decades the Dual CS505 was the turntable of choice for budget buyers. Most Australian stores stocked the CS505 selling it for about $249 in the 80s.
StereoNET will take a closer look at the current Dual product lineup at the upcoming High End Show in Munich, Germany, May 18-21, 2018.
For more information visit Dual.
One of the veterans of the Australian HiFi industry, Peter was formerly the Audio-Video Editor of the Herald Sun for over two decades. One of the most-respected audio journalists in Australia, Peter brings his unparalleled experience and a unique story-telling ability to StereoNET.