The new Victrola Stream Onyx turntable is slated to ship in late February and, starting tomorrow (January 7), will be available for pre-order on victrola.com and Amazon for $600, $200 less than the Carbon.
Victrola CEO Scott Hagen says the difference between the two models lies mainly in a “few alterations in the materials and finish.” The tables look almost identical except the Onyx is fitted with an aluminum tonearm and Audio-Technica VM95E moving-magnet phono cartridge instead of a carbon-fiber tonearm and the higher performing Ortofon 2M Red cartridge used in the Carbon, also a moving-magnet design.
Both are two-speed belt-drive tables with a removable headshell and a built-in phono preamp with RCA outputs but the Carbon’s base combines metal with veneered MDF and boasts an elegant silver faceplate whereas the Onyx has an all-black MDF base.
As with the Carbon, the Victrola Stream app (iOS and Android) integrates the Onyx into a Sonos wireless system with the turntable’s illuminated control knob providing centralized volume control for an entire Sonos system. For more information, visit victrola.com.