AURA turntable tear-down

In 1990, Stereophile’s Dick Olsher declared that the AURA turntable offered:

…..borderline Class A performance….. I’m not letting the Aura out of my grasp.  It’s one hell of a ‘table and one that I’d be perfectly happy with until the end of time.

In 2008, Dave Whittaker made his last AURA.  Incorporating many improvements over 20+ years, his later AURAs Continue reading

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Aura Turntable redux – Skipper Wise

The Aura turntable was designed by New Zealander, Dave Whittaker and was manufactured in NZ and Australia over a period of 20 years from the mid 1980s.

This beautiful example of the Aura, is still in use in California at the home of Skipper Wise – musician, recording artist and co-founder of Blue Microphones.

Skipper’s interesting story about his Aura TT tells us also about the affable and gracious man that Dave Whittaker was:  Continue reading

Bargain bin – Rega RB202 tonearm

This guy costs US$395 / £198 – not a small sum, but in hi-fi terms, a bargain I’d suggest.

The current Rega tonearms are descendants of the original legendary RB250/300 tonearms introduced in 1983.  They still sound excellent.  And importantly I think, sound a lot like real music.

I owned (and enjoyed) a Linn Sondek with Ittok tonearm from the same period, for over 10 years, but I don’t remember the Ittok sounding this much fun! Continue reading