“With this model, E.A.T. really is offering a lot of turntable for the money. This is still an eminently luxurious product and, if the looks grab you, the sound certainly won’t disappoint.”
– Steve Harris, Hi Fi News
“I listened nonstop – with the exception of getting up to turn the record over, of course. There was no compelling reason to adjust anything… produced appealing sound that made nearly everything I spun fun to listen to… sure to please with it’s no-nonsense performance, and musical drive that keeps on giving”
– Andre Jennings, The Absolute Sound, July/August, 2015
The EAT C Sharp Turntable
The EAT C Sharp Turntable is the latest offering from European Audio Team. The design starts with a super thin base built up of two sections offering incredible stiffness and setup flexibility. The base section is constructed of the highest density MDF then finished is high gloss piano lacquer. The second top section is built from high tech Carbon Fiber which offers great strength with the advantage of energy damping creating a super quiet, beautiful design.
Like all other European Audio Team platters, this one is high mass and built up of two bonded materials: machined alloy and vinyl. This allows for the advantages mass adds to speed stability with both the greatest energy transfer from the record while quieting via the dual materials.
The tonearm is an entirely new design which combines the advantages of a Uni-Pivot with that of a Cardan design. The Uni-Pivot in the middle helps reduce bearing loading while the Cardan bearing insures high stability and very low friction. Additionally, this design uses a special silicon-based grease to damp the tonearm reducing resonances by more then 50%.
Motor control is done by way of an external speed control network with Stop, 33-1/3 and 45 RPM settings. Speed control come by way a special microprocessor unit insuring great stability and fast operation. This module is then connected to the rear of the turntable by was of a 5-Pin Din plug.
European Audio Team (EAT)
European Audio Team (E.A.T.) began as an offshoot of the famed VAIC valve company in Slovakia. Following work in the VAIC factory starting the late 1990’s, founder Jozefina Lichtenegger (then Krahulcova) began E.A.T. At the time she worked closely with the Tesla tube company for OEM manufacturing where two years later she purchased their factory, all equipment and moved them an all new 300 square meter factory in Prague, Czech Republic. Today E.A.T. continues to manufacture what are arguably the finest KT88 and 300B valves available today as well as their famed Cool Dampers.
In 2009 with husband Heinz Lichtenegger of Pro-Ject and Box Design fame, Jozefina launched her first turntable, the Forte, during Munich High End. As luck would have it, Kevin Wolff (Founder and President of VANA Ltd.) was there and helped set this first prototype up with the great Ikeda 12” tonearm and a reference VdH phono cartridge.
The new Forte had many new features. Most obvious was a super high mass platter that rather than building it tall, the design actually moved the mass to the outer edge beyond the record edge thus effectively increasing the effects of this mass. To reduce bearing friction (noise), mounted in the underside of the platter and in top of the plinth were placed extremely large opposing magnets that lift or help support this large platter effectively reducing bearing pressure. Simply put, the platter gains speed stability afforded by a high mass platter while the magnets reduce the negative effects of this high mass.
After the successful launch of the Forte in 2009 came the new smaller footprinted sibling the Forte-S in 2010 and then in 2012 the all new E-Flat. Interesting is the fact that the E-Flat was the first design produced by E.A.T., but due to technical evolution, it was the last of the three to be released.
Building off of the high-mass platter with efficient outer-edge optimization, the E-Flat introduced a new tonearm design that is thoroughly flat. While similar designs had been attempted prior, it took E.A.T. with their R&D resources to combine new materials into a finished product that both looks great but more importantly sounds even better.
In each of these first three turntables, E.A.T. has continued to amass worldwide acclaim. Beginning in 2010 the Forte received Product of the Year in Analog Grand Prix (Japan) with the Forte-S receiving Product of the Year in Hi-Fi World (UK) and MJ Magazine (Japan). In 2012 the E-Flat received the famed Diapason award (France) and Highly Recommended in Hi-Fi News (UK). 2013 saw the Forte receive what is one of only two single product covers in the prestigious Stereoplay magazine (Germany) where it remains their top rated turntable to this day.
Beginning in early 2015, E.A.T. has begun to further its design process with the introduction of the all new C-Sharp. The C-Sharp not only represents the introduction of another all new in-house designed tonearm, but also an expanded application in new carbon fiber technology. In the case of the C-Sharp, the carbon fiber is not used as a decorative feature, but is an integral part of the technical design. Nearly immediately post the introduction of the C-Sharp, it has already received several accolades including the cover of The Absolute Sounds special Analog Issue (US), Highly Commended by Hi-Fi News (UK) as well as the cover of their January 2015 issue.
- Nominal speed: 33/45 rpm, driven by microprocessor, separate control panel, lighted control buttons
- Speed Variance: 33 rpm: ± < 0,08%, 45 rpm: ± < 0,09%
- Signal to noise: S/N Ratio ( mechanical noise): – 40 dB, Signal to noise (electrical noise): -70 dB
- Downforce range: 0 – 30 mN
- Supplied counterweights: without additional insert → for cartridge 5 – 9g (125g), with additional insert → for cartridge 8,5 – 13g (142g)
- Effective tonearm mass: 16.5 g
- Effective tonearm length: 254 mm
- Overhang: 16 mm
- Power consumption: 8,5 W max / 0,5 W stanby
- Voltage: Universal swith mode power supply 15 V DC / 1,6 A, 90-264 V AC, 47 – 63Hz
- Dimensions (W × H × D): 19.75″ x 15.75″ x 4.5″ (Turntable), 3.5″ x 7″ x 2″ (Controller)
- Weight (without box): 30lbs.