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Soulines Kubrick DCX Turntable

Pros:
-easy to setup
-affordable
-extremely well made
-comes with three armboards covering the majority of popular arms

Cons:
-no Solulines tone arm

Summary:
SETUP

Setting up the Kubrick DCX couldn’t be easier. From the moment you start unpacking the box, you could be forgiven for wondering if Gligorov was somehow involved in the design of the classic Tetris game.

As the bearing is already mounted, simply place the platter atop the spindle, spin the silicon belt on and mount your chosen armboard via the three Allen screws. Adjust the three feet for levelling and you’re already half-way there. For this review, I then mounted the Jelco tonearm with a Triangle Art Zeus MC cartridge and opted to use the SMARTractor from Acoustical Systems with my preferred Loefgren A geometry, for cartridge alignment.

Soulines Kubrick DCX Turntable Review

All that remained was to make the connection to my Dared Audio LP100 phono pre-amplifier, plug in the power supply and flip the conveniently located ‘play’ switch. Simple stuff.

One thing that was clear at this stage was a sense of workmanship and superb engineering. The turntable feels very rigid, everything just fits, and ultimately you are filled with confidence that what now sits before you is a well-designed, robust turntable. At least, that’s what I sure felt.

LISTENING

To start with some familiar, recent material, the opening track “Things Left Unsaid” from Pink Floyd’s Endless River LP is delicate, laid back, with ambient texturing and subtle detail. The Kubrick DCX has no problem allowing the Jelco/Zeus combination to retrieve this detail and with finesse to spare.

In “It’s What We Do”, the organ and percussion joins in, and Gilmour’s meticulously crafted guitar completes the picture. You’re presented with a perfectly timed, multi-layered sound, perfectly reflecting what’s stored in the groove.

The smooth melodies from “Is It a Crime” on Sade’s Promise album are conveyed in perfect time and with precise control as the dynamic range varies throughout the track.

The faster paced “The Sweetest Taboo” contains multiple instruments and while musically complicated at times, the bass line and kick drum are clearly distinct, and even at substantial volume levels present no challenges for the mounted arm and cartridge.

Soulines Kubrick DCX Turntable Review

One of my favourite artists of recent times is Vienna Teng, a Taiwanese-American pianist and singer-songwriter. Warm Strangers is sadly her only album available on vinyl and is often difficult to find at that. While I know this pressing intimately, similarly the Zeus cartridge, yet when mounted on the Jelco arm and Kubrick DCX turntable, there is an extra notch of liveliness. It’s not a criticism, as it only adds more to the up-beat tracks and Teng’s sweet voice; quite uplifting and inspirational.

Across a range of musical genres and artists, the Kubrick DCX does what it should; gets out of the way and allows the stylus to retrieve the information completely and accurately.

Any turntable enthusiast living with a timber sub-floor will tell you the fun they’ve had with tracking issues. Most issues are resolved with a wall-mounted shelf for the turntable, but when that is not an option, most have experimented with all sorts of remedies from commercial isolation products through to squash balls cut in half. A good rack certainly helps and on my Solid Tech Hybrid rack, the Kubrick DCX tracks remarkably well. In fact, no other turntable in this room has tracked as well. I no longer have to walk light-footed on the opposite side of the room. Finally! The damping and isolation design that Gligorov spent so much time perfecting is certainly working.

Soulines Kubrick DCX Turntable Review
CONCLUSION

Though this is a turntable review rather than a cartridge or tonearm review, one can only essentially review the turntable as part of the combination. I can only conclude then, that the Kubrick DCX offers a perfect platform to pair with your preferred tonearm and cartridge, in which to turn vinyl at rock solid speed, with no induced noise or vibration that I can detect.

The Soulines Kubrick DCX may not have the high-tech electronics or vacuum suction that the super five-figure giants of the turntable world now offer, but in this reviewer’s opinion, what it does bring to the party works together so coherently, and would easily satisfy the most discerning enthusiasts. Invest in a higher level tonearm, and further improvements would likely be realised.

Soulines Kubrick DCX Turntable Review

Fairly priced at $5,199 MSRP Cdn (without tonearm), it’s perhaps a large investment for a punter’s first turntable. For someone stepping up from an entry level Rega or VPI for example, I think you’d be hard-pressed to match the quality and performance of the Kubrick DCX for under $10,000. Add a Jelco 750 Tone Arm for an Additional $750. Cdn and you've got a killer combo.

The Soulines Kubrick DCX offers brilliant design based on experience and real-world development, solid engineering and a turntable that will faithfully please any enthusiast for many years to come. I highly recommend the Soulines Kubrick DCX for those seeking an exceptional turntable at an achievable price point.

Soulines is distributed in Canada by Red Leaf Audio www.redleafaudiomarketing.com

Written By: vintage music on Apr 29, 2015
Last Updated By: angust63 on Apr 8, 2016


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