EAT has released what it calls a ‘budget’ turntable, the EAT Prelude, but this case, ‘budget’ means only that it’s less expensive than any other of EAT’s turntables. (Click on image above for larger version.)

The EAT Prelude is a belt-driven turntable using a high-tolerance polished stainless-steel bearing in a soft bronze bushing. The plinth is made from MDF coated with eight layers of lacquer. Although the d.c. drive motor with its two stage pulley appears to be located on the plinth, it’s actually a free-standing unit that pokes through a hole cut into the plinth. Two motors are available, the standard ‘black’ motor and belt, or EAT’s ‘green’ motor and belt.

The 230mm tonearm on the EAT Prelude comes pre-fitted with an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge and uses an ultra-stiff carbon tonearm tube which is cast in a single piece and terminates in a mass bearing pivot block that behaves like an energy sink for all resonances from the cartridge, as well as any low frequencies from the deck. The counterweight incorporates a damper to reduce the amplitude of the natural tonearm/cartridge resonance.

We know that all low-mass turntables tend to sound boomy because of the stored energy and vibrations, especially when compared to costlier, more massive designs,’ said Jozefina Lichtenegger, owner and CEO of European Audio Team. ‘The Prelude will surprise listeners through its astonishing lack of colouration and exceptional dynamics. It is the perfect starting point for assembling a true audiophile hi-fi system.’

Manufacturer’s Specifications: E.A.T. Prelude Turntable

Speeds: 33/45 RPM, manual speed change
Wow & Flutter: <0.1% (33.33rpm); <0.09% (45rpm)
S/N Ratio: - 67dB
Effective Tonearm Mass: 8 g
Effective Tonearm Length: 230 mm
Overhang: 18 mm
Voltage: 15Vd.c./1.6A
Power Consumption: 5W max; 0.3W standby
Dimensions (WHD): 415×130×335 mm
Weight: 5.5 kg
Price: €1,195

For more information, contact the European Audio Team (EAT)