Platter Matters: Three Turntables Page 4
Roksan Radius5 / Nima / Corus Black
With its clear acrylic chassis and translucent platter, the styling is striking indeed, although more conventional-looking, wood-veneer finishes are available for the somewhat less adventurous. The Radius5 ($1,495) comes with a premounted unipivot Roksan tonearm called the Nima, and this pairing can also be purchased bundled with a Roksan Corus Black moving-magnet phono cartridge ($395) to form a complete player.
As with the Pro-Ject Debut III, operation is totally manual, and you change the speed to 45 rpm by moving the belt to a different groove on the motor pulley - although here, everything is out in the open, making it a snap.
The Corus Black cartridge is based on a well-established moving-magnet design from Goldring. It uses a super-fineline stylus profile called a Gyger II and, as such, really benefits from extra-careful alignment. The lightweight Nima arm suits this cartridge well, and given sufficient fine-tuning, the pairing can extract a lot of music from your LPs.