The Onkyo CP-1050 Turntable - First Look

Onkyo CP-1050 Turntable. Image Provided by Onkyo USA

Dateline: 03/19/2015
How do you listen to music? Of course, these days, the answer seems to be quite obvious - between the iPod, iPhone, Android phone, and a host of other portable, and home media streaming devices, it looks like everyone is accessing music from the internet. In fact, music streaming has finally surpassed physical CD sales.

However, that isn't the whole story. Along with the popularity of music streaming, an old way of listening to music has been experiencing a renaissance the past few years, the vinyl record.

As a result, the demand for turntables and phono cartridges have increased as the older generation rediscovers those records that were once shoved into the closet, and many of the younger generation have discovered an alternate way to enjoy music that sounds better than those compressed MP3s  (although there has been a running debate as to whether vinyl records actually sound better than CDs).

However, whether you are old or young, if you are looking for a turntable to play your vinyl on, Onkyo has just announced its new turntable for 2015, the CP-1050.

The CP-1050 is a direct drive turntable with brushless DC motor and Quartz-Lock control for accurate speed control for for both 33 1/3 rpm LPs and 45 rpm records.

The 12-inch platter is made of Die-cast Aluminum, and the cabinet is made of Medium Density Fiberboard for sturdiness.

The provided tone arm features an "S" Shape design, and can accommodate the provided plug moving magnet cartridge assembly, as well as many after-market plugin cartridges.

To integrate the CP-1050 into your audio or home theater system, you need to have a stereo or home theater receiver that has traditional phono inputs (in order words, left and right RCA-type analog connections combined with a phono ground connector).

If you don't have a traditional phono input available on your system (rare on newer stereo and home theater receivers), the workaround is to purchase an external phono preamp that is placed between the turntable and your system.

Also, it is important to point out that the CP-1050 does not have a USB output for direct connection to a PC for digitizing music content from the turntable to your PC hard drive or for burning onto a CD.

On the other hand, if you do integrate the CP-1050 into a system that includes a home theater receiver, you not only have the option to listen to your classic (and new) vinyl records in classic two-channel stereo, but you can also take advantage of surround sound processing modes, such as Dolby Prologic II, IIx, DTS Neo:6, or onboard DSP modes to bring your vinyl alive in a more immersive listening experience.