If there has been a theme to 2016 – aside from the loss of some of our most cherished musicians, take a bow David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen et al – it would have to be the continued rise in popularity of vinyl and the equipment that plays it. The last 12 months have seen the black stuff rise to become the most cherished physical music format of all. As records have once again become a common sight in all record stores and even on some supermarket shelves, so too has the production of turntables risen – providing existing vinyl fans, and both lapsed and newcomers alike with plenty of variety. 

Suddenly, there’s a real choice of decks available to prospective purchasers from both established hi-fi specialists with a focus on best-quality sound, to more convenience-based models with a raft of features at very attractive prices. 

The real trick is investing in a model that gets the equilibrium between performance, features and price right. And few have managed this delicate balancing act quite as proficiently as Elipson’s stunning Omega 100 RIAA BT, which won our mid-priced turntable Group Test in issue 415

The flagship offering from the company’s premium range of decks, the £500 Omega comprises a completely bespoke design that’s been specially developed inhouse by the French company. 

Dress to impress 
Chief among the highlights of this stunning belt-drive turntable is the computer-controlled motor with electronic speed switching. The unique tonearm features a carbon fibre armtube connected to an innovative bearing arrangement that combines both horizontal and vertical yokes into a single knuckle and applies antiskate down the bearing axis using a patented rubber torsion system. An Ortofon OM10 cartridge is included and there’s a built-in MM phono stage. Finally, as the BT part of the name suggests, the Elipson can communicate via aptX Bluetooth to compatible speakers. 

Balancing excitement and refinement is key to the success of any serious record spinner and the Elipson absolutely nails it. Music sounds tonally accurate and refined, but it also has attack and energy in spades when it’s needed and serves up a stunning performance across a wide variety of music. We have three of these fantastic turntables up for grabs and winners can choose from gloss black, white and red colour options. All you have to do is answer the simple question below. 

To be in with a chance of winning answer this simple question:

What sort of cartridge is bundled with the Omega 100 RIAA BT?

A) Ortofon 2M Blue

B) Ortofon OM 10

C) Ortofon 2M Bronze 

Click here to submit your answer and enter the competition

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