Andover Audio’s SpinDeck 2 Turntable Unveiled

Andover Audio has focused over the past 3 years on affordable vinyl playback solutions that make sense for music listeners looking for the easiest way to enjoy their growing record collections; products like the SpinBase Max, One E Turntable Music System, SpinDeck Max, and the new SpinStage MM/MC Phono Preamplifier that we just reviewed appeal to a wide range of consumers. Andover has announced the successor to its original SpinDeck — the SpinDeck 2 Turntable and there are some rather distinct changes from the original design.

Priced at $299, the SpinDeck 2 is designed to strike a balance between good performance and operational convenience at a modest price.

Andover Audio SpinDeck 2 Turntable with SpinBase Lifestyle White

Three updates that have been added to the SpinDeck 2 include:

  1. Electronic Speed Control – This allows users to easily change turntable speeds.
  2. Auto Tonearm lift and return with Auto-Off function – This means users don’t have to get up to lift the tonearm back to its arm rest once record side playback ends.
  3. Built-in Phono Preamp with Bypass – This feature makes it more convenient to connect the SpinDeck 2 to any audio system. If your audio system doesn’t have a dedicated phono input with ground connection, no problem, you can connect the SpinDeck 2 using just RCA audio line-in connections. However, if your audio system has a dedicated phono input with the ground, you can bypass the SpinDeck 2’s internal preamp and connect just like any other traditional turntable. 

Tip: When using the SpinDeck 2 with the SpinBase, SpinBase MAX, SpinStage, or any audio system with a dedicated phono input, set the “Phono EQ” switch to the THRU position. 

Andover Audio SpinDeck 2 Turntable Connections

Feature Summary

In addition to the Electronic Speed Control and Built-in Phono preamp, here are the other core features of the SpinDeck 2.

  • The SpinDeck 2 is a belt-drive turntable that is paired with a low-vibration DC motor with internal electronic servo regulation for accurate speed. 
  • Anti-vibration soft rubber feet are also included for stability. 
  • The SpinDeck 2 also comes with a pre-mounted Audio-Technica AT3600 cartridge with great performance out of the box, with minimal setup.

Tip: You can upgrade the cartridge if desired. The SpinDeck 2 has an adjustable counterweight and a standard 1/2-inch cartridge mount.

  • Adapter for 7”, 45 RPM singles
  • .5m Dual RCA signal cable with integral ground wire
  • Machined aluminum platter with damped silicone rubber mat.
  • Electronically stabilized DC motor.
  • 12V/1A, 100-240V AC power supply with international plug adapters.

Turntable Specifications

  • Nominal Speeds: 33.33 / 45 RPM +/-2%
  • Wow and Flutter: 0.20% (33 RPM); 0.20% (45 RPM)
  • Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR): -67dB A-Weighted
  • Effective Tonearm Length: 8.5”, (214.5mm)
  • Overhang: 22mm
  • Weight: 10 lbs/4.5 kg
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 420 x 119 x 340 mm (16.5 x 4.7 x 13.4-inches)
  • Power consumption: 1.5w
  • Power adapter: Universal 100-240 VAC/50-60Hz
Audio-Technica AT3600 Phono Cartridge

Audio Technica AT3600 Cartridge Specifications

  • Frequency range: 20-20kHz
  • Channel separation: 24dB/1kHz
  • Channel Balance: 1.5dB
  • Output Voltage: 4.2mV @ 1kHz, 5cm/sec
  • Recommended Load Impedance: 47kohms/200-300pF – MM-input
  • Stylus Type: .0006” Conical bonded diamond
  • Recommended Tracking Force: 2.5 – 3.5 grams
  • Weight: 5.7g
  • Replacement Stylus: ATN3600L 

Availability & Pricing 

SpinDeck 2 is now available in black or white for $299 at Andover Audio or A clear acrylic lid is also included. 

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Luis Robinson

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