If you want function and aesthetics at the high end then the Oracle Delphi turntable is for you. The first version was produced around 1979 with the Oracle Delphi MK 1 version shown above being made from 1980-1984. It featured a sprung chassis, suspended sub chassis, and belt drive.
Oracle has produced improved versions of the Delphi over the years. The version history is:
- Oracle AC Model from 1979-1981
- Oracle Delphi Mk I from 1980-1984
- Oracle Delphi Mk II from 1984-1987
- Oracle Delphi Mk III from 1987-1989
- Oracle Delphi Mk IV from 1987-1989
- Oracle Delphi Mk V from 1996
- Oracle Delphi Mk VI from 2010
The Delphi is a high end turntable and you’ll have to pay a hefty price to get one. A MK 1 version in very good condition recently sold for $1359.00 (9-13-2011). Obviously the tonearm and cartridge play a large part in the price as well. The new Mk VI version runs between $7400.00 and $8400.00.