TEAC TN-570: putting the digital back into analogue


fujiya_avic_spring_2016TEAC’s second (?) turntable of ‘recent times’ isn’t the same old same old.

The TN-550’s (US$999) basic features: a three-layer plinth in which MDF and marble layers sandwich a rubber layer; an acrylic platter; a WASHI paper mat and TEAC’s PRS3 computer controlled speed regulation which booth host and ‘Business Unit Manager’ Hiroshi Oshima says returns wow and flutter measurements comparable to direct drive designs.

The TN-570 takes the TN-550’s core and adds Audio Technica AT100E cartridge, defeatable phono stage, ADC and Toslink output (for on-the-fly digitisation) and USB output (for archiving to PC or Mac) as PCM up 24bit/192kHz. Look for the yellow and black HRA logo on the plinth. Price? US$1200.


On the floor at the Spring 2016 Fujiya Avic headphone festival, TEAC had the TN-570’s optical feed routed via their new HA-P5 portable DAC/headphone amplifier (US$599) which offers an MFI-certified USB port for direct connection to iOS devices but without the CCK crutch.

Oshima-San walks us through the whole shebang:

Those pondering the point of a turntable that digitises and spills ones and zeroes over an optical connection are directed to powered speaker systems that offer no analogue input. The Devialet Phantom, either run solo or as a pair with the Dialog, feature only a single hard-wired connection: Toslink. The TEAC TN-570 is for vinyl spinning Phantom owners.

Oh, and the Hardfloor remix 12″ was provided by yours truly (and not the Japanese audio giant).

Further information: TEAC


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Written by John H. Darko

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  1. As Charlie Brown would say, “Aaaaaaaaaaagh!!!!!”

    That TN-570 turntable is sweetness made tactile. Of course being the cultural Philistine I am, I prefer direct drive and fully automatic functions on a turntable but can settle for how they dealt with maintaining proper speed on this model and hopefully the arm returns to “home” at the end of the album versus just staying there at the center (centre?) of the record and running in circles until I can get there to (“SIGH”…) manually pick it up and put it back myself.

    I see no audio related problems with having (at the least!) an auto return function but again, fully automatic is my preference. Both models mentioned above are beautiful and regardless of what some might say, looks do make a difference.

    Thanks for the information, Sir John of Darko!

    • Analog purists tend to consider semi-auto or full-auto tonearms to be inferior to full manual, so even during vinyl’s heyday, they were generally confined to entry to mid-level models. While you could certainly buy an automatic Denon, Pioneer, Yamaha, JVC etc in the ’70s and ’80s, if you wanted their best, you got a manual tonearm. Thorens also had some semi-auto models, but not their top of the line. The popular Linn table was always manual, as were the Pink Triangles. Most people were and are just not that bothered by having to move the arm themselves.

      Today, there is no full-auto table/arm in production that I’m aware of that isn’t a complete piece of garbage, so you’re left with shopping for stuff from the 1980s on the second hand market if you want something that will sound remotely good at all.

  2. Wow, these look gorgeous, and very interesting feature wise. Are you planning a review? Would be curious how you feel this stacks up with your Rega kit in your system/room via traditional phono output, as well as run through your DACs of choice via optical.