With Jack White being the most prominent figure attached to the vinyl resurgence, it’s always been quite surprising that his label, Third Man Records, had yet to sell any turntables that exceed the Crosley licensed ones they have sold in the past. Those players, with their fancy coat of yellow and black paint, can’t even fit the Third Man Records slipmats on them, because the platters are too small. This is not meant to be an argument on Crosley players — they really are the only record players most young people can afford — but that does not dilute the truth: they will quickly destroy the sound quality of your records thanks to the lack of a counter weight and the presence of a plastic needle. Why sell vinyl as the best way to listen to music and then provide listeners — who may not know better devices — with one that won’t give them that? It’s all a bit puzzling and TMR fans like myself have sat and pondered this for quite some time. That is until now.
Third Man Records — via their website — have officially announced their first audiophile turntable, the Pro-Ject Limited Lightning Yellow RM 1.3, and it looks awesome. For this release, Third Man Records have teamed up with Pro-Ject – known for their award winning entry level audiophile turntable, the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon — to create a turntable that was designed for one thing: “sonic transcendence.”
The entire thing looks amazing – the Pearl cartridge that comes mounted on its S-shaped tone arm is an audiophile dream. Its design is sleek and sophisticated with its yellow and black color scheme being nothing short of sexy. It’s certainly a step in the right direction for Third Man in establishing themselves as a true “one-stop-record-shop.” It may even give them credibility among the audiophile crowd who have yet to fully embrace the label beyond their reissues. It also comes with an exclusive slipmat not sold anywhere else and it may may be their best yet. The price reflects all that has gone into it and is actually the same price as the RPM 1.3.
Let us know what you think about this, will you be saving your pennies to get one?