The new CS 429 from Dual is a fully automatic turntable with a classic and recognizable look.
Dual, of course, used to be one of the most famous record player manufacturers. And they have been producing newer ones for a while now too. The latest incarnation is the CS 429, a belt-driven fully automatic player. An optical speed control should ensure accurate speed. You can choose between 33 1/3, 45 and 78 rpm. The last speed of course comes in handy if you want to listen to really historical material. As for the fully automatic aspect, pressing the start/stop button automatically moves the needle into the starting groove, or the arm returns to the rest position.
The plinth consists of MDF with internal damping; additional dampers can be found in the feet. The platter is made of a sturdy piece of cast aluminum. Conveniently, an Ortofon 2M Red element is included, making the Dual CS 429 ready to play. The price is reasonable: €649.