EMPIRE 598 II Troubador // Belt Drive Turntable / Glass Dust Cover

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About This Listing

Beautiful, elegant, and oh so sweet sounding. There’s no wonder why this turntable has a cult following. This is one of our favorite sounding tables. This 598 II absolutely lights up the room. We've sanded down and completely refinished the plinth and dust cover in a darker stain to create a more dramatic contrast with the brass and then replaced the original plastic with glass that has been sandblasted along the edges. Then we lined the inside of the plinth with dynamat to add more mass and reduce vibration transfer which has taken this table to a whole new level. Like almost all Empire's of this era, there is some minor discoloration on the anodized parts.

 

The original Empire logo badge is available to be added back onto the table. We prefer the look of it clean, but we're happy to do that for you if you'd like. 

Production 70's Condition 9/10 Orig. MSRP $199.95 Restoration
  • Full service check
  • Lubricated all moving parts
  • Custom phono cable
  • Set weight and calibrated tonearm lift
  • Refinished plinth in dark walnut stain
  • Spray finished with pre catalyzed lacquer
  • Replaced plastic dust cover with edge sandblasted glass
  • Lined plinth with Dynamat
  • Detailed
Specs

Speeds 33.33 and 45rpm (zero error)

Rumble lowest of any turntable tested -90 DB RRLL

Wow and flutter almost unmeasurable (0.1%)

Platter 12" OD cast aluminium two piece

Motor hysteresis synchronous type

Drive system flexible belt drive

Main bearing microhoned oilite bearings

Suspension pneumatic

Feedback total system gain before acoustic feedback 141dB

Cartridge Sumiko Moonstone

Liner Notes

The Empire 598 turntable was designed to far exceed professional standards of performance.

This instrument, in conjunction with other equally high calibre components, will allow you with the press of a button, to hear the full sound of music so akin to the actual performance that only the most expert ear can detect the difference.

The Troubador system is designed to produce sound, magnificent in person sound, from stereophonic and standard vinyl records.

Long life and trouble free operation are guaranteed for the 598 by an ingenious turntable design that involves only two moving parts, a powerful hysteresis synchronous motor and a heavy aluminium turntable platter individually balanced to the peak of perfection.

With cast aluminium platter, fitted with the Empire 990 Tonearm, the handsome and functional looks will enhance any room.

This is the world's most perfect record playback system.


Product Specs

Listed14 days ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
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