E.A.T Prelude Turntable
High end turntable with timeless design. A genuinely affordable deck with neutral sound.
- Rigid MDF chassis
- Heavy weight aluminium platter
- Precision diamond-cut pulley
- Belt drive principle
- 2M Red cartridge
- Carbon tonearm
- DC power supply for ultimate speed stability
- Dust cover included
EAT is acclaimed for true high-end turntables that drive physics to the theoretical maximum. With the considered use of mass, EAT has waged a war on unwanted vibration, resonance and colouration of the sound. Now EAT offers for the first time a deck which is genuinely affordable but able to provide neutral sound.
To reach the price target, there have to be compromises, but the basic principles remain the same: Only a heavy-weight platter can give you the correct speed and precision. We use a low tolerance (0.01) polished stainless steel bearing in a soft bronze bushing, to ensure a super silent and smooth movement. This is the same base material as in our high-end designs. Supplied with the turntable is a pre-fitted Ortofon 2M Red cartridge as well as an acrylic lid for protection from dust.
The elegant piano lacquer finish fits into every home or type of decor. We also offer the Prelude with the EAT iconic green motor and belt.
Their plinth is made out of dense MDF, protected by eight layers of lacquer which produce a luxurious look and finish. This is a first in a price category where the norm is a particle board chassis with glued-on veneer. For the motor, we avoid a mass-loaded design. Instead, they have a free-standing motor with no connection to the board; this is the only way to ensure no motor vibrations are passed on.
Most of their customers making purchases in this price range will use an MM (moving-magnet) cartridge. To address this, they went chose a lightweight, ultra-stiff and resonance-free carbon tonearm tube, which is cast in a single piece. They deliberately avoided a heavier metal headshell, as a lightweight design simply creates more ideal resonant frequencies with an MM cartridge.
Equally unusual at this price is the bearing block for the tonearm and the counterweight. The mass bearing block behaves like an energy sink for all resonances from the cartridge, as well as the low frequencies from the deck. The counterweight implements an anti-resonator damper to reduce the amplitude of the natural tonearm/cartridge resonance.
They have chosen one of the "best buy" cartridges available today, a perfect partner for Prelude. The discerning listener will recognise that the Prelude tonearm elevates the 2M Red to a completely new level of performance.
They 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. The Prelude will surprise listeners through its astonishing lack of colouration and exceptional dynamics. It is the perfect starting point for assembling a true high performance hi-fi system.
EAT turntables are priced at a premium because they use premium materials, premium finishes, and – often – damn heavy platters. The logic being high mass means lower vibration and resonance, so the arm and cartridge have less stray noise to wade through. The basic principles remain the same, so a heaver-than-expected aluminium platter (made from the same grade of material as used in EAT’s more high-end designs) is coupled to a low tolerance polished stainless-steel bearing in a soft bronze bushing, which is designed to act as an isolator to reduce the ingress of vibration and “to ensure a super silent and smooth movement”.
Unless you look really closely and partner the turntable way out of context the EAT Prelude is every bit a high-end turntable that just forgot to get too expensive. EAT has chosen to use the same base material found in its higher-end designs - a stainless steel bearing in a soft bronze bushing. The motor is free-standing so that it doesn’t pass vibrations to the board, and the inclusion of a mass bearing block for the tonearm and counterweight works to absorb resonances from the cartridge. An anti-resonator damper on the counterweight aims to limit inherent resonances, too.
Their basic design principle stays the same. Only a heavyweight aluminum platter can give you the correct speed and precision. EAT use's a low tolerance (0.01) polished stainless steel spindle in a soft bronze bushing, to ensure a super silent and smooth movement. This is the same base material as in their high-end designs.
The EAT Prelude is an affordable high-end turntable! EAT is acclaimed for their real high-end turntEAT uses a free-standing 100% isolated motor with no connection to the plinth, which is the only way to ensure no motor vibrations are passed on.ables and driving physics to the theoretical maximum. Especially with the use of mass, EAT designs reduce extraneous vibrations, resonances, and coloration of the sound. Now EAT offers for the first time, their most affordable turntable, yet still neutral sounding.