The CONSONANCE WAX Engine is quite a remarkable new turntable which is made for Consonance by Well Tempered Lab. There are more sensible design features that are beneficial to analogue playback in this turntable than those costing several times more.
Main bearing and spindle
You have to have a bearing, so it had better be a good one. The Wax Engine features a stepped stainless steel spindle that encapsulates a ceramic ball at the business end. This rides on a teflon pad, and with a few drops of oil it provides a low friction surface. The spindle is housed in a brass housing. The spindle is relatively “short” which results in a platter with a low centre of gravity, and as a result, rotation is notably free and stable.
The DC motor is a high quality Mabuchi with a patented DC servo supply.
The tonearm is a “unipivot” design which is not unique, and although unipivots have known advantages they also have well recognised problems. Rather than a “needle” point commonly used, the Wax Engine features a proprietary low friction brass bearing in the horizontal mode and “pre loaded stainless” in the vertical. The arm tube is aluminum, terminated in a low mass headshell, antiskate is achieved by a rod and rider weight. The result is a remarkable achievement in a tonearm at this price level.
All is mounted on an aluminum “T” section chassis with isolation feet, providing a serious attempt to play records at their best.
Priced at $995.00 it may be the best value in turntables I have seen. Included is an aluminum 9 inch tonearm. Paired with the Shelter 201 moving magnet cartridge at $310.00 you have a system that plays like it costs $5000.