Decades old, and built by one of the
bastions of the UK hi-fi industry, the GYRODEC SE retains its
contemporary and individual styling, and is very striking on the eye. The
shining aluminium supporting columns contrast well with the black finish.
Everything about this turntable stands out, from the beautifully made
motor housing to the user-friendly simplicity of the push-button starter.
Changing the speed is done manually, by fiddling about with the belt.
One noticeable point is the suspended sub-chassis that's made from
acrylic and rests on a three-spring arrangement. This allows isolation of the
playing surface from unwanted vibrations. It's a complicated system, and the
Gyrodec SE could do with some clearer instructions to help you on the way.
The arm supplied is Michell's own TecnoArm A, essentially an updated
version of the Rega arm, featuring different counter-weights, damping and
additional perforation to help with weight reduction and the rejection of
unwanted resonance. We paired it with the Goldring 2400 cartridge. A
deck that loves to take control Playing the 1969 Decca recording of
Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice, the results are positive. Both the bassoon and
brass have a rich and sonorous texture, while the dynamics of the piece come
across with power and subtlety. Detailing is rich, and the timing is
more than capable. The Gyrodec SE proves adept at cohesion, pulling the
instruments together neatly, creating the sense of a turntable that's truly in
control. The Gyrodec gives lovely evenness in its soundscape, with no
fighting between the treble, midrange and bass. With treble-heavy songs such as
The Beatles' What You're Doing, there's no hint of stridency. Indeed,
sonically, the Gyrodec SE is right up there with the best.