Two new turntables with the distinctive name “Das Laufwerk” have recently become Scheu Analog’s top-of-the-line models. In terms of performance they comfortably exceed the company’s previous top model, the “Premier”, and represent the beginning of a whole new phase for Scheu Analog.
“Das Laufwerk” No.1
Conceived as a heavyweight turntable, “Das Laufwerk” No. 1 is based on the proven elements of the “Premier”. Thus it also features a chamber filled with lead shot to reduce resonance, an inverted precision bearing and an electronically regulated DC motor with fine-speed adjustment for 33 and 45 rpm using a string drive. The shell and the turntable, which is 80 mm high and weighs 7.5 kg, both show off Scheu Analog’s expertise in fashioning acrylic.
Derived from the “Premier” Mk3′s shell design and optimized for stability and reduction of resonance, the result offers increased flexibility, amongst other things, for example the possibility of using three tone arms of different lengths. The turntable is seated on steel feet which are adjustable in height by means of a fine thread. They can either be flat or shaped into a spike and are located directly under the bases for the arms.
The choice of finishes includes polished black acrylic, polished transparent acrylic or satin-finish colourless acrylic, each in conjunction with stainless steel. An acrylic armboard is supplied as standard. Armboards are also available at extra cost in brass, aluminium and bronze.
A description of sound is of course always subjective. During the in-house development phase the “Premier” was consistently used as a reference. The No.1 and No.2 turntables comfortably exceed even this in terms of sound reproduction.
Details are reproduced with outstanding fidelity. The bass is powerful and contoured, the fundamental sound is natural and needs no boosting. Soundstage width and depth are faithfully reproduced and everything is realistically placed in the soundscape. The treble is not overemphasized, so that cymbals, for example, ring long and clear. In spite of the extremely detailed resolution, the musical flow is never lost.
While “Das Laufwerk” No.1 sounds slightly warmer and more rounded, “Das Laufwerk” No.2 is characterized by an even more dynamic and unfussy reproduction.
Both turntables should appeal not only to those connoisseurs whose interest is purely in music, but also to ambitious listeners seeking to explore the limits of their turntable day after day. They provide an excellent basis and enough scope for you to approach your own individual ideal for the reproduction of music.
Listen for yourself!
- Heavyweight turntable, total weight approx. 35 kg, turntable weight 7.5 kg
- Two-section acrylic shell with stainless steel columns offering support for three tone arms, available in polished black, colourless, polished transparent or in colourless satin-finish.
- Height-adjustable steel feet, available flat or spike-shaped
- Lead shot chamber for resonance reduction
- Inverted precision bearings
- 80 mm high, 7.5 kg acrylic turntable
- Electronically regulated DC motor with fine-speed adjustment for 33 and 45 rpm, plus string drive
- Armboards for various tone arms, available in acrylic, brass, aluminium or bronze