High End 2015 Hot Product
The modular nature of turntables, so often a small bunch of bits bolted together, has meant that add-ons and upgrades have always littered the path to analog nirvana -- some more considered, more structured and more successful than others. With the ever-rising price of high-end performance threatening the aspirations of audiophiles and financial well-being of manufacturers, its no surprise that upgradability is back on the agenda with a vengeance. The latest proponent is Kronos Audio, which has followed the arrival of the more affordable Sparta turntable with the launch of the Sparta 0.5 ($15,000), a model that is quite literally half of its namesake, at least in terms of the companys signature drive system. It provides a single-suspended-chassis, single-platter version of the existing $21,500 Sparta design -- essentially the top half of its bigger brother.
But the good news for the (relatively) impecunious audiophile is that a $7500 Sparta Upgrade Kit converts the 0.5 into the full Monty Sparta, complete with second chassis and counter-rotating platter, thus significantly lowering the initial barrier to the ownership of true Kronos Audio performance -- or at least spreading the pain.
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