Regardless of the current trend towards streaming music, vinyl records have experienced a real renaissance in recent years. With the Stylus, whose platter is driven by a belt, and the direct drive Stylus Luxe, the British company Roberts Radio adds two stylish turntables to its portfolio. Both are equipped with a USB output as well as a switchable MM phono preamp and are intended to provide a high-quality entry point into the vinyl world.
A preamplifier is built into the turntable and they have an AUX connector, allowing flexibility with different systems. The phono preamp of both models can also be switched off to allow the use of external preamps. Those who want to bring their vinyl into the digital world can do so via the integrated USB interface.
The Stylus Luxe features a direct drive with the usual two speeds (33 and 45 RPM), a tonearm with a carbon tube, and Audio-Technica's AT-95E MM pickup. The walnut-design and a brushed aluminum front panel are intended to show its qualities to the outside world.
The Stylus is available immediately*, while the Stylus Luxe is expected to follow by mid-March*. The MSRPs including VAT are around €380* for the Stylus and around €580* for the Stylus Luxe.
*Availability and prices for Germany.