ELAC Miracord Series Turntables

Venerable German manufacturer ELAC returned to form in 2016 by shoring up the relaunch of their vaunted turntable line with the Miracord 90 Anniversary ’table, one that ultimately garnered a well-deserved EISA Award in 2017. While the properly feted 90 Anniversary and its subsequent “regular 90” version are no longer available (and neither is the Miracord 70, for that matter), the Miracord series lives on with a trio of turntables that continue to make good on the ELAC name.

The ELAC FAQs are these. First, ELAC is short for the fuller, proper company name that was adopted post-WWI, ELECTROACUSTIC GmbH. Longtime audiophiles on this side of the Pond will also no doubt recognize the Miracord name hearkens directly back to the mid-to-late-20th-century heyday of the Kiel-based company’s rebadged turntable offerings stateside — albeit now with a bit more of a present-day, modernized look. (Also, in case you were wondering, the “Anniversary 90” distinction for the above-noted and deservedly lauded ’table was in direct reference to the company then-celebrating their 90th anniversary, seeing as ELAC was founded in 1926.)


The current Miracord series of turntables includes the Miracord 50 (a.k.a. the MRC-501; SRP $399.98), Miracord 60 (MRC-601; $1,499.98), and Miracord 80 (£2199). The 80, shown above, appears to be sold out at the time of this posting, hence the UK-only SRP listing here, as a reference point — but it bears further scrutiny since the 80 also appears to follow the 90’s design specs, with a few notable mods. (If a restock of the 80 is forthcoming, we will update that information here accordingly.)

The belt-driven Miracord 80 turntable is equipped with a redesigned tonearm that sports a 10in carbon-fiber wand fitted with a detachable headshell — something that certainly makes for easier cartridge swap-outs, if you so choose. As with the company’s other ’table offerings, ELAC does indeed manufacture the Miracord 80 in-house sans for the carbon tonearm, which comes from “another German firm” (their words — but do feel free to make a more-than-educated guess about who that most likely is).

Additional Miracord 80 specs include a 298mm-diameter steel platter that weighs 5.6kg, 60mm (height-wise, that is) MDF plinth with rounded corners, 470mm-wide milled-wood body, and wraparound brushed aluminium exterior.


ELAC offers two finish options for the Miracord 80: 1) black anodized metal with a high-gloss black plinth, and 2) high-quality walnut veneer (shown here). You’ll also get a finely finished metal knob for selecting between 33 1/3 and 45rpm disc speeds, and a visible, external belt that wraps around the metal platter itself (a design choice I personally prefer to see on ’tables like these, truth be told).


The more entry-level-oriented Miracord 50 ’table (which has been around since 2021) features a belt-drive motor and die-cast aluminum platter and a built-in defeatable phono preamp. The precision static balanced, straight-tube tonearm offers a removable headshell and sports a factory-mounted MM phono cartridge.


Meanwhile, the step-up Miracord 60, which is also intended to be an heir to the Miracord 90, comes equipped with a diamond chamfered 22mm die-cast aluminum platter, lightweight carbon-fiber tonearm with gimbal bearing and removable headshell, and a built-in optical sensor that sends its signal to a PID algorithm in the microcontroller that is then said to “tune the speed” of the DC motor.

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Trevor_Bartram's picture

As a happy owner of Elac speakers I was unaware of their turntables. Do these have a suspended sub-chassis? Are they manufactured by Elac or subbed to Project or Rekkord etc?

barfle's picture

The oldest component in my systen is my dear old Elac 50H turntable, which I bought in 1968 or 69. It’s still in service, but I’m looking for another table, and if there was ever a brand I trust, this is it.

rom661's picture

As an ex ELAC dealer this surprises me. Such a nice table for the money but they discontinued it after only a couple of years, or at least quit bringing it into the U.S. Nice table but some consistency would be good.

xagwell's picture

Good read especially the history. I had my father's fully automatic Elac Miracord (serial 04266) recently rebuilt. It was distributed by the Benjamin Corp. I have a collection of 78's so it comes in handy

presley's picture

The music it creates is very good. The hanging subframe design is the main feature of the Elac turntable. It helps isolate the turntable's platter and arm from external vibrations, improving sound reproduction uno online and reducing noise. This design ensures greater accuracy and fidelity in playback.