would recommend the Challenger Mk3 to any analog lover whose budget accommodates its roughly $5k price (depending on tonearm and cartridge choices)—and particularly for audiophiles ready to take that next step from more basic components into the world of reference-level gear. In spite of the generously long review period, I’m hoping to find a way to hang on to this turntable, which offers no tricks, no gimmicks, just the musical goods. Call it a Challenger that punches way above its weight.

(Judy Mullens) The Absolute Sound

With this latest CHALLENGER 2018 design, we bring together one of the most sophisticated external drive and power supply systems, with a massive high mass 50 mm thick platter, supported by a solid 40 mm thick chassis. The new CHALLENGER 2018 is a consequent improvement of the former design.

Dimensions

440 mm x 180 mm x 350 mm

Weight

21 – 25 kg weight, depending on extra

Drive System

1 synchronius motor, electronically regulated fully mains decoupled adjustable, Beta-DIG motor electronic, external power supply

Speed range

33 1/3 RPM and 45 RPM with motor electronic

Power supply

115 or 230 V

Bearing

High precision Tidorfolon-bearing rollerbushed and paired with axle

Chassis

vibration damped chassis, 3 height adjustable feets, soft alloy for low resonance

Platter

high precison platter made of aluminum, 5 cm height, weight: 9 kg

Color 

silver

black

I would recommend the Challenger Mk3 to any analog lover whose budget accommodates its roughly $5k price (depending on tonearm and cartridge choices)—and particularly for audiophiles ready to take that next step from more basic components into the world of reference-level gear.

In spite of the generously long review period, I’m hoping to find a way to hang on to this turntable, which offers no tricks, no gimmicks, just the musical goods. Call it a Challenger that punches way above its weight.


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