Brinkmann Audio Bardo turntable Specifications

Sidebar 1: Specifications

Description: Direct-drive, suspensionless turntable with eight-pole, speed-controlled motor. Speeds: 33.33 & 45rpm, each variable within a range of ±10%. Wow & flutter: 0.07% linear, 0.035% weighted DIN 45507. Rumble: –64dB.
Dimensions: Turntable: 16.4" (420mm) W by 3.9" (100mm) H by 12.5" (320mm) D. Weight: 32.6 lbs (14.8kg).
Serial Number Of Unit Reviewed: USUR054K.
Price: Bardo turntable, $7990, with vinyl platter mat and a polished granite base, but no record clamp; optional stainless steel and precision-ground crystal platter mat and a Brinkmann screw-down record clamp, $1500; 9.6 tonearm, $3990; Pi moving-coil cartridge, $2699. Optional Balance power supply (not reviewed) costs $1490. Approximate number of dealers: 10.
Manufacturer: Brinkmann Audio GmbH, Im Himmelreich 13, 88147 Achberg, Germany. Tel: (49) 8380-981195. Fax: (49) 8380-981233. Web: US distributor: On a Higher Note LLC, PO Box 698, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92693. Tel: (949) 488-3004. Fax: (949) 488-3284. Web:

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US distributor: Shane Buettner
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bwright's picture

Have you heard the new Brinkmann RoNt ll tube power supply with the Bardo?  This seemingly minor upgrade will significantly narrow the gap between the Bardo and Caliburn.  

The added resonance and bass is unmistakable in A/B comparisons with the supplied power unit - Music Lovers in San Francisco recently gave a demo of this upgrade, and everyone involved noted the huge improvement.  With the RoNt ll and an upgraded tonearm/cartridge (Kuzma, Graham, Benz LP S MR, etc.), it makes the Bardo a high end bargain, compared to more stratospherically priced turntables.

Oksana's picture

I've read how power supplies improve the sound, but can you explain how it adds resonance and bass? I just don't understand it.

bwright's picture

I'd love to tell you how it caused the modification in sound, but I honestly don't know - better minds will understand the related science. When I told Kevin Hayes (founder of VAC) about this upgrade during CES two years ago, and mentioned the positive effect it had, he smiled and said "Funny, I was thinking about doing this - looks like someone beat me to it."

For some reason, it adds a bass weight and a resonant dimension to the sound. During the demo, we sat there switching between the two supplies, and we all had the same experience. I imagine you could call it a tone control, but you definitely miss it when it is disconnected. It is an expensive upgrade, but it elevated the sound of the turntable well above its price point.