Brinkmann Bardo Turntable + 10.5 + HRS R 1

At his best creation Bardo + 10.5 + HRS R 1 (11800 euro) Brinkmann saved fortunately only in two places. The drive was not.

  1. Brinkmann Bardo turntable + 10.5 + HRS R 1
  2. Data sheet

The most common way cheaper to build a device, is a more expensive to slim down. But that requires lots of experience. Because to use the red pencil somewhere, may result in the worst case in a decisive deterioration in sound. Helmut Brinkmann was sensibly. He chose his new smallest drive Bardo 5000 Euro first and foremost, not on the drive not to save. Instead, he assumed the successful direct Trieblers and bigger brother’s OASIS (1/09). A sensible step, that the plate should rotate evenly and without noise stands out of discussion.

So the Brinkmann direct drive can do this particularly well, Brinkmann uses a high-quality Lager.Dazu he developed a rather weak engine with gentle control. He wants to reach by the former, that the engine directly below the plate produces a smaller magnetic field and disrupts the pickup as less. The careful control to provide then with the flywheel of the 9.7 kilograms plate for a smooth, stutter-free run (more to on our site).

Brinkmann at the plate has saved. It is though, as the bigger brothers, made of aluminium with high copper content (which makes resonance poorer him), the Edition but is not of expensive Crystal, but acrylic and stainless steel plate is missing in the middle. Also the Terminal obligatory in the larger brothers has been omitted. According to the Brinkmanns, brings together with the acrylic pad, very little.

Upgrade is possible

Whoever wants to can but buy the higher-order plate package for 800 euros extra charge the Bardo. You have him home already, the upgrade costs then 1200 euros. In addition, a much smaller compared to the OASIS dur-aluminium base plate and the Elimination of the wooden frame lowered the cost price of the Bardo. The processing remained outstanding Brinkmann-like.

To compare it directly with the OASIS stereoplay gave him a Brinkmann 10.5 tonearm. With it, sputtered aluminium tube for 4600 euro, also to the best of its genre. with high-precision gimbal bearings and one with 60 microns thick Oxideloxal

At the OASIS stereoplay could determine that the absorbing HRS storage bases at the brink men make much sense. There, it seemed to order the R1 base recommended for the lighter Bardo because it is him well priced with 1300 euros. In the test suite was also the Brinkmann EMT ti pickup for 3000 euros. He based Hul needle, aluminum cantilever and copper coils on the EMT TSD 15 sound box with van den. When Brinkmann it is glued on an aluminium tray. It guarded the fine tuner especially on resonance and put a location of copper between the aluminium shell and system. In addition, they fixed the copper fixing nuts and glued a small titanium plate on the top of the system.

Also the standard steel screw for the needle beam suspension of the TSD 15 disliked Brinkmann. You are magnetic and affect the generator. After long auditions, they were replaced by two stainless steel screws in the front and one from Titan at the rear.

Ti, the EMT opened the extensive listening tests. And even though he found his place due to its size in small headshell as the Linn EKOS SE only with difficulty, he rewarded the tester with a highly impulsive and tired of printing full appearance. In this he got breezier hearing subtle nuances and played wind field (6/09) so even with the Ortofon. He seem slightly leaner and more finely elaborated in the heights, but the EMT ti this offset with more voices and more powerful dynamic attacks body. So the testers wanted to give more even a sound point. But the Lyra Skala (6/07) prevented that, as it more accurately made instruments and tutti passages better unraveled.

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After this thrilling performance of the Bardo prove again, with only the sound influences of the HRS-R1 base were to clarify. This was quickly, because they are passages more ESS and piano playing to the installation on the Naim Fraim, more clarity and power gave. Won bass lines to contour and the Bardo shone with unobtrusive, natural tone colors. It’s worth along with the small banks a big recommendation and a stereoplay classification. The change to the plate with Crystal glass support in addition to Terminal was not quite as dramatic. Because the difference was marginal in small ensembles. Only big orchestral inserts were with the expensive version to better understand, but what brought no additional sound point.

The Bardo despite crystal glass plate amazingly clear lost the final match of the OASIS. Because the outstanding property, fine to look up very quiet passages, (which it almost seemed like a fine noise reason away), the Bardo could offer. Also tutti inserts were relaxed and More audible at the OASIS. But this showed that Brinkmann creates what should – be a good manufacturer to offer the customers more sound quality for more money.

Brinkmann Bardo + 10.5 + HRS R1

Manufacturer Brinkmann
Price €11800.00
Rating 58.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x D x H) 42.0 x 10,0 x 30,0 cm
Weight: 14.8 kg
Measured values
Tracking rated 0.046%
Target velocity deviation 0%
Rumble noise (weighted)
Measuring record / coupler 74 / 82 dB
Short conclusion Wei at the bigger brother is at the Bardo a HRS base duty. Then like it not only visually by its excellent craftsmanship, but also with feinnervigem, detailed and natural sound.
Sound Absolute top class
Sound points
(maximum 70 points)
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
Practice (max 15 points) 8
(maximum 10 points)
Overall rating (maximum 120 very good-84 points
Price / performance Very good
tested in issue: 5 / 10