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Onkyo CP-1050 Direct Drive Turntable


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There’s never been a better time to rekindle your passion for collecting and listening to records. With the introduction of the CP-1050, Onkyo offers a turnkey solution for audiophile-level analogue sound with less hassle and expense. It features a smooth and stable direct drive (there’s no belts to replace and less high-frequency noise) controlled by a quartz-lock system to ensure the aluminium platter rotates with utmost precision. The aluminium tonearm ships with a quality MM cartridge, and thanks to an innovative counterweight system and detachable headshell, can also accept most popular aftermarket cartridges. Together with solid MDF deck construction, these elements combine to deliver exceedingly beautiful sound that’s both clear and detailed while celebrating the lushness, depth, and warmth so beloved of the analogue format. As you would expect from a company that created its first crystal turntable pickup for the CP-1000 back in 1946, every aspect of the design has been painstakingly engineered to deliver audio performance well beyond its suggested price.

  • Tick Built to Deliver Affordable Audiophile-Grade Sound
  • Tick Stable Direct-Drive System for Minimal Low-Frequency Cogging Noise
  • Tick Customized Brushless DC Motor
  • Tick Quartz-Lock Control System for High-Precision Rotation
  • Tick Solid Anti-Vibration MDF Cabinet Construction with Black Woodgrain Finish
  • Tick Die-cast 305 mm Aluminum Platter for Effortlessly Smooth and Stable Rotation
  • Tick Wow and Flutter Less than 0.15%
  • Tick Signal-to-Noise Ratio Over 60 dB
  • Tick Aluminum Static-Balance S-shaped Tonearm
  • Tick Moving-Magnet (MM) Cartridge Included
  • Tick Detachable Headshell Compatible with Aftermarket Cartridges
  • Tick Tonearm Counterweight Supports Range of Cartridge Weights
  • Tick Gold-Plated RCA Phono Output Terminals with Dedicated Grounding Post (Cable Included)
  • Tick Easy Button-Selectable 33 1/3 and 45 rpm Speeds
  • Tick Quickly Spins to Playback Speed Stability
  • Tick Includes Detachable Acrylic Dust Cover
  • Tick Resonance-Damping Rubber Slipmat Included
  • Tick Large Height-Adjustable Anti-Vibration Feet

Clean and Clear

The enemies of turntable sound quality are vibration and electro-mechanical noise picked up by the stylus. Instead of a high-torque motor, Onkyo deploys a stable low-torque design that significantly reduces cogging noise, which can noticeably obscure low-frequency sound. Unlike belt-driven turntables that use fast electric motors, the direct-drive CP-1050 avoids the problem of high-frequency distortion. Combined with a precision quartz-lock control system and quality bearings, this liquid-smooth drive provides a clearer window on the soul of your music.

Tonearm and Cartridge

At the business end of the aluminum tonearm is a detachable headshell that (together with an adjustable counterweight system) supports a range of aftermarket cartridges between 5 g and 10 g. The supplied MM cartridge does a brilliant job of capturing the depth and breadth of any track with an exceptionally wide frequency response and signal-to-noise ratio of over 60 dB - ht up there with more costly decks. All design elements combine to produce such open and detailed analog sound you’ll be finding any excuse to go digging in the crates.

Ready Out of the Box

The CP-1050 ships with everything needed to play vinyl on your existing stereo system (just be sure to check your receiver has phono inputs before purchase). Install the cartridge, set the tracking pressure as specified in the product manual, connect the turntable using the supplied cable, and you’re ready to relive the magic of vinyl in all its glory.

Die-cast Aluminum Platter

Another weapon in the war against distortion is the heavy die-cast aluminum platter. As well as combating unwanted vibration, the extra inertia assists with rotation stability and keeps the audio pitch from fluctuating. Your LPs are protected by a quality rubber slipmat, which also works to absorb minute resonances from the turntable.

Effective Anti-Vibration Design

The turntable base is constructed from solid MDF (Medium-Density Fiberboard) and sits on four height-adjustable anti-vibration feet. Together with the smooth direct-drive motor, the rigid structure tames resonances so you can enjoy clean playback throughout the entire frequency spectrum.

Good Looks, Great Build

Aesthetically, the CP-1050 is a pleasing blend of ’70s retro cool and clean, contemporary style; it’s dark woodgrain finish nicely contrasts the gleaming alloy tonearm and polished metal trim on the top of the deck. The player also includes a detachable acrylic dust cover, and makes the perfect centerpiece for stereo systems of any vintage.

Selectable Rotation Speeds

Changing rotation speeds from 33 1/3 to 45 rpm and vice versa is simple—just use the button on the top of the deck. The platter quickly reaches playback stability when changing rotation speeds and when spinning up from stop.

Top-Shelf Connections

On the rear panel are two gold-plated pin-type RCA phono terminals to output the left and right channel signals to your external phono preamp, stereo amplifier, or A/V receiver. There’s also a dedicated grounding post to eliminate hum.

While we do our best to keep this information up to date, please be aware that all specifications are subject to change by the manufacturer at any time.

Turntable Section

Drive Method Direct-Drive
Turntable Type 305 mm Die-cast Aluminum
Turning Speed 33 1/3 / 45 rpm
Motor Type Brushless DC
Starting Torque >1.0 kgf-cm
Brake Electronic Brake
Wow and Flutter 0.15% or Less at 33 1/3 rpm
Signal-to-Noise Ratio >60 dB

Tonearm Section

Type Static-balanced, S-shaped
Headshell Detachable
Headshell Weight 10 g
Effective Arm Length 230 mm
Overhang 15 mm
Applicable Cartridge Weight Range (Including Headshell) 15-20 g
Tracking Error Angle Within 3º
Anti-Skating Range 0-3 g
Stylus Pressure Adjustment Range 0-4 g

Cartridge Section

Cartridge Type Moving-Magnet (MM)
Output Voltage 2.5 mV/±3 dB (1 kHz at 3.54 cm/Sec.)
Channel Balance <2.5 dB
Load Resistance 47 kO
Cartridge Weight 5 g
Replacement Stylus DN-105ST
Frequency Response 0±3 dB
(10 kHz, Based on Value at 1 kHz)
Channel Separation >18 dB
(at 1 kHz)


Power Supply AC 220-240 V~, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption 6 W
Standby Power Consumption 0.4 W
Dimensions (W x H x D) 450 x 158 x 367.5 mm
Weight 8.6 kg

While we do our best to keep this information up to date, please be aware that all specifications are subject to change by the manufacturer at any time.

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