Project Description

BRINKMANN OASIS ANNI, £13,995

Helmut Brinkmann’s plinthed Oasis was his first direct drive deck. Stunning precision, speed and pitch stability that you would expect from a direct drive deck, the Oasis is a also conveyer of great beauty too. Notes are well textured with great tonal colour and the 3d soundstage the decks reproduces has wonderful focus and stability. As you’d expect, the noise floor is very low and overall this is a turntable that does not sound like a piece of plastic is being rotated underneath a needle. It has the stability, timing and projection of the best digital and like all Brinmkann products offers a very natural uncoloured sound that is highly transparent to the disc.

10th Anniversary Final edition includes 10.5 Tonearm and Makassar high gloss plinth. Limited to 100 pieces,

 

The most prominent feature of the Oasis turntable is most probably its direct drive mechanism. In our never-ending search to improve sound quality, we did not stop short of evaluating different drive mechanisms or other alternatives such as belts of various consistencies. We quickly discovered, however, that belts, for example, impart a fundamental sonic characteristic on the sound. We therefore decided to forgo them altogether for this new model. As it turns out, the platter of the Oasis is driven directly instead of with a belt.

The drive mechanism consists of a ring shaped permanent magnet contained in the platter’s bearing and four air-cored inductors on the Oasis’s chassis plate. These inductors are adjusted and driven with utmost precision to different phase angles. Thus, the ensuing magnetic field rotates the platter. Well aware of the reason for the bad reputation and uneasy sound of the direct drive turntables of the 1970s and 1980s, we resisted tight regulation of the direct drive mechanism. Instead, we take advantage of the many years of experience and insight we gained from manufacturing our own “big” turntables. We use a precision bearing that is capable of smoothing out the drive’s miniscule speed variations. This results in a rotational smoothness hitherto unimaginable with “classic” direct drive mechanisms.

Our clamping mechanism allows for quick and precise adjustments, without any play, of the aluminum arm base for 9 to 10.5-inch length tonearms. The platter is made of a special resonance-inhibiting alloy of aluminum, copper, magnesium and other materials. A crystal glass platter top layer and a screw-down record clamp allowany vibrations to be quickly absorbed by the platter. Finally, three height adjustable spikes allow for a precise leveling and optimal contact of the turntable to your choice of platforms (although we recommend HRS’ M3 Isolation Base).

The RöNt II tubed power supply is the ideal completion for the Oasis

Drivedirect drive
Dimensions (WxDxH)520 x 400 x 125 mm
Weight26 kg
Platterweight 10 kg, Ø 316 mm, height 50 mm.
Platter surfaceplanar polished crystal glass (recessed mounting)
Tonearm baseavailable for 9…10.5” tonearms (arm mountings available for virtually any tonearm),
easy and quick exchange and adjustments are provided via a collar system.
Woodplinthmaple, cherry high gloss, makassar high gloss oder rosewood high gloss;
other wood finishes and colors available upon request.
Included in deliveryturntable, screw-down record clamp, power supply, tools
Optionsadditional arm bases, dust cover