Brinkmann Audio Bardo


Brinkmann Audio Bardo

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Brinkmann Audio Bardo : Turntable

The Bardo features the metal cased power supply that is used for the Balance and LaGrange turntables instead of the standard power supply. The result is a more defined bass response and wider room imaging.

The tonearm base of the Bardo can be rotated and fixed without play to allow a simple and precise tonearm adjustment for all tonearms between 9” and 12”. We drill the base according to the tonearm that the customer chooses.

The output sockets can be found on the back of the turntable, they can be equipped with RCA or XLR sockets, and it is also possible to install tonearms with DIN connectors or fixed cables.

The two possible speeds, 33 1/3 and 45 rpm, are selectable by a switch at the front of the turntable and can be fine adjusted via two screwdriver holes that are located next to the switch.

The Bardo has a magnetic direct drive motor that was developed by Helmut Brinkmann and is produced in the Brinkmann factory. There is only one bearing for the motor and the platter, a circular magnet is mounted into the bearing of the platter and is concentrically driven into rotation via coils on the circuit board under the magnet. An electronic circuit drives the coils via two magnetic sensitive resistors that react to the magnetic fields into a highly constant and slow circular movement.


Specifications :

Platter driven directly by magnetic field; soft proportional control

Lubricated precision (hydrodynamic) journal bearing, quiet and maintenance-free
Resonance-optimized special aluminium alloy; surface planar polished crystal glass
15 mm Duralumin with resonance-optimised geometry
Movable (rotating) without play for simple and precise tonearm adjustment, with quick release. Accepts all tonearms between 9 and 12″ as well as several linear tracking tonearms
Power Supply
External power supply in solid state technology
RCA, XLR or feed-through for tonearms with 5-pin DIN connectors; DIN connector (3 pin) for umbilical cord of external power supply; 2 mm connector for ground wire
33 1/3 and 45, selectable by a switch; LED indicator for speed (33 1/3 = green, 45 = red)
0.0% (adjustable)
Fine Adjustment of Speed
± 10% with trim pot
Wow and Flutter
0.07% linear, 0.035% weighted DIN 45507
Speed Up Time
12 / 16 seconds (33 1/3 / 45 rpm)
Rumble (Noise)
-64 dB (test record DIN 45544); -68 dB (measuring adapter)
420 x 320 x 100 mm (w x d x h)
Total 14.8 kg (Chassis 5 kg, Platter 9.8 kg); Power Supply 0.5 kg
Granite platform 440 x 310 x 30 mm, HRS platform


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