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A lot of turntables get listed on trademe, but when was the last time we saw one which is 4-channel capable?! For sale is my classic Quadraphonic Japanese turntable from 1973… the JVC VL-5 in original condition.

"Look at its features and you'll realize JVC has built another winner." says and they're right! JVC produced many beautifully designed turntables during the Golden Era of vinyl… but rarely for sale are their Quadraphonic models.

The VL-5 is an old-school belt-driven turntable powered by a 4-pole motor which is not influenced by AC fluctuations... keeping rock steady pace at all times. With a specified wow and flutter of less than 0.1% all you hear is the music.

The VL-5 features a precision engineered, statically balanced tubular S-shaped tonearm with oil-damped cueing, gimbal mounting, counter-balanced anti-skating device, and low-capacitance wiring.

I have fitted a brand new Audio Technica AT-91 cartridge but, it can be upgraded to 4DT-10X stylus which allows frequency response to skyrocket to an unbelievable 60Khz!! This is practically unheard of in turntables! Not only that, but JVC state that if you fit this cartridge you can also take advantage of the discreet 4-channel playback of CD-4 records!

The JVC VL-5 is a semi-automatic model featuring 'Auto-Up'... when the tonearm reaches the end of the record the arm automatically lifts off the platter, protecting your precious stylus from grinding against the centre grooves.

The VL-5 is very solidly constructed and weighs an impressive 7.2kg. Its suspension system utilises rubber rubber feet to soak up shakes, jolts and jarring giving this turntable a good degree of immunity to jumping.

Also included is the user manual and a spare headshell... a vintage Phillips 401. The dust cover has a few small scratches but works perfectly well, hinges are solid and intact and it easily lifts off for a 'stripped down' look.

This is a superb vintage turntable that will outclass many modern decks!
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  • Seller location: North Shore, Auckland, NZ

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