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dps Turntables : der plattenspieler

 

 

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Introduction - dps Turntables

 

Models - dps Turntables

Wood Finishes - dps Turntables

Awards / Reviews / Sightings - dps Turntables

 

FAQ - dps Turntables

 

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Introduction - dps Turntables

dps turntable - top viewdps - "der Plattenspieler" ("The Turntable") is the brainchild of Mr. Willibald Bauer of Germany.  The dps was conceived as a culmination of his long experience in using and setting up several other turntable brands.  For example, Willi adopted the high torque design.

dps turntable motor

The dps is a suspended turntable, without springs, but with proprietary damping that provides a spring-effect.

 

"The dps turntable looks stylish and compact but performs like a high mass turntable while preserving the life and speed of a small platter. Stable and musical, Willi applies silent high-friction bearing in combination with a very powerful motor (free standing)."

 

"The dps turntable has a light platter for low energy storage, the system motor - bearing - platter form as a mass - with a "spring-effect" system that, in this case has utmost rotational stability on the top of its priority list.  The bearing has a lot of drag without creating noise, so the cartridge drag becomes a negligible factor in the energy loss equation that determines dynamic behavior under running conditions (cart in modulated groove)."

 

dps turntable power supply

The plinth is of the same material used on the floors of Germany's high-speed trains, but double in thickness.  The important factor to note is that besides the material, the careful layering design is what counts more.

 

The platter is made of high-quality acrylic.

 

Belt used is made of flat rubber.  With the use of threads, no noise from the motor is transferred to the turntable.  Willi, however, was able to achieve the proper balance in his design, where the benefits of both rubber and thread are realized.  Because of different resonance frequencies in the horizontal and vertical planes, a flat rubber belt design is employed.  Furthermore, this has a higher contact area and works well with the high torque design of the dps turntable.

 

The motor is driven by an AC power supply, with a measured speed stability of < 0.1%.

 

Although commonly used with a Naim Aro tonearm and Schroder No. 2fW tonearm - a variant of the Schroder Model 2 tonearm, specially made for the dps turntable, with dps wiring and Schroder Reference magnets - one can use any tonearm on a dps turntable, between 9" to 10".  The top plinth can be pre-drilled for the tonearm of your choice.

 

** Note : The only available Schroder tonearm from dps is the Schroder No. 2 fWSee FAQ section.

Soundscape HiFi comments on the dps turntable:

 

Several isolation layers with anti-seismic, anti-earthquake suspension material ? Does it work ?  Believe it !  Even with its diminutive size, without any form of springs, one can knock on the rack supporting the dps turntable and get no noise transferred to the speakers.  "Shock-proof", and such attention to isolation results in superbly quiet playback as well.

 

Low mass design that performs like high mass ? Yes, Willi Bauer has indeed succeeded in merging the good qualities of high mass design into the inherent low mass design of the dps turntable - i.e. desirable high mass qualities like good bass extension, pitch stability, and assured presentation.  All these with a dps-modified Rega RB-250 tonearm.  Other good tonearms like the Scheu tonearms, Schroder Model 2, Naim Aro, SME V, Pluto 5A, etc. will provide varying levels of performance. 

 

Like the Scheu Premier turntable, another no-nonsense high-performance turntable performing way above its price, the dps sonically outperforms much more expensive turntables.  Check it out to believe.

 

A Living Voice Mystic Mat, in our opinion, is as always a great turntable mat for many turntables that can accept it, and it will only enhance the listening pleasure.  Of course, some may prefer it without the mat, but for us, the Living Voice Mystic Mat is now standard.

John's dps 2 turntable

Photo from one of our customers using the dps 2

 

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Models - dps Turntables

 

dps 2

 

dps 2 with Naim Aro tonearm

dps 2 turntable with Naim Aro tonearm

(photo from dps website)

 

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Outstanding analogue playback

for those who like it compact.

Dynamite does come in small packages.

 

 

Features:

• Made in Germany
• Plinth made from layered Plexiglas, cork, birch plywood

  and heavy damping foil
• Damped granite base
• Inverted bearing using a ruby ball

• Separate / detached high torque synchronous motor
• Heterogeneous sandwich plinth

Stainless steel motor housing
• Separate power supply
• Adjustable damping feet
• PVC Record clamp

Finishes: maple, cherry

Upgradeable to dps 3 by simply exchanging the

  power supply (see price below ... please keep your dps 2

  power supply in tiptop shape :-))

 

dps turntable : der plattenspieler

Photo from dps website

 

Specifications :
• Speed: 331/3 and 45 rpm
• Speed stability: < 0,1%
• Weight: 23 kg, AC power supply 3 kg
• Size: 450 mm x 350 mm x 180 mm (incl. lid) - 17.7" x 13.8" x

      7.1 inch (with lid)
• Guarantee: 3 years

 

DPS 2 Power Supply (PS-2P-NT)

Specifications :

 

• 2P means 2 phase power supply, NT stands for

       Netzteil (German word for power supply)

Analogue sine wave generator and one power amp
Passive phase shift
Switchable and adjustable speeds 33 / 45 rpm
Speed accuracy: < 0,05%
Size: 105 mm x 105 mm x 270 mm
Weight: 3 kg
Guarantee: 3 years

DPS 3 Power Supply : PS-2P-NT

PS-2P-NT Power Supply for the DPS 2 turntable

 
Description Price

dps 2  in maple, cherry or walnut
drilled for rega (RB-250 -300), Wilson Benesch or Schr•der No.2

3.900 Euro

dps 2 into dps 3 - 3 phase power supply exchange price

* this means upgrading from dps 2 to dps 3Return the dps 2 power supply in exchange for the dps 3 power supply.

2.900 Euro
additional charge drilling for Naim Aro inclusive lift 150 Euro
additional charge milling for Naim Prefix 100 Euro
Other tonearm mounting holes pre-cut Please enquire

dps-250 tone arm
continuous wiring / Bullet Plugs / tungsten counterweight

650 Euro
Schr•der No.2 fW tone arm  (*** only sold with a dps turntable ***)
arm tube made from pertinax, carbon fibre, teflon / Reference magnet
2.100 Euro
dustcover 250 Euro
belt 30 Euro
wall shelf in maple 750 Euro
 

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DPS turntable with dps-Rega tonearm, playing a Van Halen EP

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dps 3

 

The dps 3 turntable is similar to above specifications and looks.

 

The main difference is in the upgraded motor/power supply, the PS-3P-NT, from 2 phase to 3 phase.

Description Price

dps 3 in maple, cherry or walnut *
drilled for Rega (RB-250 -300), Wilson Benesch or Schr•der No.2 fW

6.800 Euro

dps 2 into dps 3 - 3 phase power supply exchange price

 

* this means upgrading from dps 2 to dps 3

 

Return the dps 2 power supply PS-2P-NT in exchange for the dps 3 power supply (PS-3P-NT).

2.900 Euro
*** other options under dps 2 model are applicable.
 

DPS 3 Power Supply (PS-3P-NT)

Specifications :

 

• 3P means 3 phase power supply, NT stands for

       Netzteil (German word for power supply)

Analogue sine wave generator

• Separate power amp for each 3 phases (3 power amps !)
• Phase and voltage adjustable for optimal rotating field
Switchable and adjustable speeds 33 / 45 rpm
Speed accuracy: < 0,05%
Size: 105 mm x 165 mm x 270 mm
Weight: 5 kg
Guarantee: 3 years

 

 

The PS-3P-NT Power Supply for the DPS 3 turntable

is also in silver as the PS-2P-NT

 

Some may wonder at the price difference between the dps 2 and dps 3, when the "only dissimilarity" is in the power supply.

 

Well, we have to give credit to a sonically ingenious approach by dps designer Willi Bauer.

The dps 2 with its 2-phase PS-2P-NT power supply is by itself a superb turntable.  But once the 3-phase dps 3 PS-3P-NT power supply is introduced into the system, the improvement is so significant that it will not be possible to go back to the lower model PS-2P-NT.  It proves that turntable power supplies can have considerable impact on a turntable's performance.

 

Both power supplies are pure analogue sine wave generators, but with the dps 3 power supply having an additional phase.  There are 3 power amplifiers, one for each phase (on the dps 2 power supply, there is only 1 power amp).  Incidentally, these power amplifiers can play music if used that way, and are sonically great.  However, in this application, their use is for powering the 3 phases.

 

Obviously, this technology is costlier, but the end result is that the dps 3 PS-3P-NT power supply propels the dps turntable's performance to even greater sonic heights. 

 

Users can also easily upgrade later from dps 2 to dps 3 by simply exchanging the power supply.

 

This is a definitive statement to Bavarian precision and unreserved attention to all details of a turntable system.  Result : World-class in a small package.

 

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Wood Finishes - dps Turntables

 

 

 

dps turntable - maple finish

Maple Finish

       
   

dps turntable - cherry finish

Cherry Finish

 
             
   

dps turntable - walnut finish

Walnut Finish

   
 

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Awards / Reviews / HiFi Shows - dps Turntables

 

TNT Audio : Germany

by Hartmut Quaschik

High End 2006 Show in Munich, Germany : May 25 - 28, 2006

System with the dps turntable and My Sonic Lab Eminent cartridge is selected by the writer as the Best Sound of the show.

 

Coming in second was the Continuum turntable with a Jan Allaerts cartridge.

 

Read more about dps at the show ...

 

Hongkong Tube Audio Show 2005

Kondo System, dps turntable, and Wilson Audio Watt Puppy 7 ! : 2005

 

 

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Stereoplay magazine with dps turntable review

Stereoplay, Germany, Feb 2005 - dps Turntable with dps 250 tonearm (modified Rega)

 

* 8 points for sound (out of 10) - and that's with only a modified Rega 250 tonearm *

 

"Previously, only vinyl playback insiders were aware of this turntable.  Now, the record player from Munich is enjoying huge popularity because of its outstanding technical performance and design, its aesthetic simple beauty, and extraordinary sound.  It places instruments accurately outlined into the soundstage area and draws a deep as well as exact bass, just like much larger turntables systems do."

 

* Soundscape Note: The dps is a small turntable - 17.7" x 13.8" x 7.1 inch (with lid) *

 


 

"kann man beim dps mit Tonarm dps 250 sagen.

 

Bisher nur bei Insidern bekannt, wird sich der M•nchner Plattenspieler von nun an breiter Beliebtheit erfreuen. Denn er gl•nzt mit hervorragender Verarbeitung, einer schn•rkellos sch•nen Optik und einem au•erordentlichen Klang: Er stellt Instrumente exakt umrissen in den Raum und zeichnet einen tiefen sowie genauen Bass, wie es nur ganz, ganz gro•e"

 

JIA Boutique Hotels

Kondo and dps Turntable, Schroder Tonearm at Hotel Opening

Jia Boutique Hotel Opening, Hongkong : 6-Mar-2004

 

Superbrands Kondo Audio Note Japan, DPS and Schroeder tonearms with Wilson Sophia speakers were the source of Jazz and Classical music provided at the opening party at Jia Boutique Hotel.

 

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dps turntable review - Audiophile, Jan 2004

"The dps with Schroeder No. 2 succeeds in offering both a good visual appeal and perfect sound.  In terms of sound, it is as stable as a mass device, but also as agile as a good subchassis turntable on top of it.  It will set the standard in its price range."

 

Rated World-Class by Audiophile, a German magazine, January 2004

 

"So I insist: Extending beyond its price range, the dps is a very hot tip for a turntable, and every analogue-fan should listen to it at least once.• - Dalibor Beric

 

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FAQ - dps Turntables

 

What are the dps turntable's unique design features ?

dps turntable motordps turntable bearing"This extreme quality German made turntable has some very special and unique features. A very high torque detached Berger Synchronous motor that works hard against a platter which offers a degree of resistance (not a free turning bearing).  This unique concepts contradicts the high mass platter camp that proclaims low resistance and high mass to be the answer. The DPS platter shows exceptionally little wow when the stylus tracks through dense passages."  The platter size was derived in conjunction with the high torque design, is directly related and optimized for best sound after several tests.

  • Spindle made of proprietary special material

  • No springs that deteriorate, a self-damped suspension material is used instead, acting as a "spring" and shock absorber at the same time.  Material is used in building construction, anti-seismic (anti-earthquake) properties.

  • Proprietary green mat under turntable

  • Multi-layered plinth - plywood, heavy damping foil, plywood, heavy damping foil, plywood, cork (more info below)

 

 

What are the dps turntable layers ?

dps turntable

The dps is a multi-layered turntable. The photo on the right shows how it looks like externally.  The wood plinth alone is made up of several layers within -  plywood, heavy damping foil, plywood, heavy damping foil, plywood, cork. See photo below. 

 

dps turntable PlinthCheck out the proprietary green mat under the turntable on the right photo. 

 

 

All these result in fantastic isolation.  One can knock on the supporting table/rack, and hear no noise transferred to the speakers.   Shock-proof indeed ! Superbly quiet too.

 

 

What are the tonearms that can be used on a dps turntable ?

Although commonly used with a Naim Aro tonearm and Schroder No. 2fW tonearm - a variant of the Schroder Model 2 tonearm, specially made for the dps turntable, with dps wiring and Schroder Reference magnets - one can use any tonearm on a dps turntable, between 9" to 10".  The top plinth can be pre-drilled for the tonearm of your choice.

 

If the arm is changed in the future, one can drill another hole, or order another top plinth pre-cut for the new tonearm.

 

Only one tonearm can be used on a dps turntable, maximum 10" long.

 

For Naim Aro tonearm fans, drilling can be made for the optional lift, please refer to the price list above.  By the way, it matches superbly with the dps turntable - with a Jan Allaerts cartridge, for example.

 

 

What are the Schroder tonearms available from dps ?

The only available Schroder model from dps is the Schroder No. 2fw tonearm This is a variant of the Schroder Model 2 tonearm, specially made for the dps turntable, with dps wiring and Schroder Reference magnets, with a pertinax armwand.

 

Of course, other Schroder tonearms can be used on a dps turntable.  However, if other Schroder tonearm models are desired, these will not be supplied by dps but by Schroder tonearm distributors (we are also Schroder tonearm distributors).

 

 

How do you set up a dps turntable ?

Click Me! to read the set up instructions.

 

 

How do you switch between speeds on a dps turntable ?

On the latest July 2006 models, switching between turntable speeds is now done using a spring switch on the power supply. 

 

dps turntable motor pulley

 

There is now no need to switch belt positions on the motor pulley.  See photo above, only one belt position.

 

In previous dps turntable models, switching between turntable speeds was done by moving the belt position on the motor pulley.

 

dps turntable motor pulley

 

Please refer to photo above, belt is moved from one position to the other when switching speeds.

 

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More Photos - dps Turntables

 

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