Oracle - Delphi MK VI (Canada, 2010)
Founded in 1979, Oracle Audio Technologies, based in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, has long been known for its cutting-edge technology and sleek, futuristic aesthetics, represented most prominently by the Delphi turntable series.
Thirteen years since inception, the MK V, the Research & Design team at Oracle, was ready to step up to the challenge of updating the legend of the Delphi turntable.
Jacques Riedeau, back in the Oracle saddle after a few years sabbatical, wished to raise the performance of Delphi to another level, taking on board some of the original notions and critiques Jacques and his engineering guru Stephane set about this task with a passion and dedication rarely seen in the audio industry.
Going back to first principles, Jacques and Stephane examined the MK V in great detail, every aspect was carefully inspected. Now the fruits of the long labours can been seen in three new features which adorn the Delphi MK VI turntable.
New suspension pillars and feet (fully adjustable) are now constructed from delrin (a nylon hybrid / derivative). This provides greater interface against vibrations travelling between the resting place of the deck and the platter improving clarity, bass depth and openness. Next a new bearing material (delrin / telfon mix), redesigned housing, spindle modifications, and a new oil all combine to reduce the possibility of vibration getting through to platter and being transferred to the cartridge. The final piece of the puzzle being filled by the micro vibrational damping system, a series of three independent reservoirs filled with ultra viscous silicone fluid, three plungers (again fully adjustable) that enable you to 'dial in' quite simply breath taking performance. All these design improvements culminate in a simply stunning piece of musical engineering.
The appearance of the Oracle MK VI is elegant, exotic, legendary... A beautifully built open chassis turntable aiming to offer superb finish... The attention to detail and care of finish exhibit a substantial amount of pride in manufacture...
MK V owners can enjoy an upgrade package specially tailored for them. Simply one of the most musically involving decks.
Oracle Website : http://www.oracle-audio.com/