Systemdek IIX TurnTables

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Simon Goodale a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2013

Bottom Line:   
I bought one of these off a well know auction site and thought I would have to put a load of updates on it to get to where it sounded anywhere as good as my broken Townshend rock.

I bought an acrylic platter and sold the installed Linn tone arm. I then fitted an Origin Live Silver mk2 arm. The sound with either a Goldring 1022 or Dynavector 10x5 was very good if not quite as balanced and dynamic as my Rock. Out of interest I put the original glass platter and felt mat back on and hey presto the sound was brilliant.
The deck being suspended is meant to bounce but its fine when you get used to it.
Sound wise you would have to spend mega bucks on a new turntable to get near, I bought mine for £140 and sold the arm for £60! They now seem to be going for £200 + but this is still amazing value.
Put a good arm (Rega etc.) on an unmodified deck and you have a great piece of kit.
One word of warning – some of the replacement belts are too short and really affect the sound. Make sure you get one of the original specification and adjust the platter to bounce straight up and down, then just listen to music.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Auricle46 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2011

Bottom Line:   
There is much to like about this table at this price point, which was good even "in the day". But there is much to dislike as well, at least as it came new. Even properly adjusted the suspension could bounce like a trampoline, the arm was, at best, mediocre and (a problem other AC decks had as well) the motor vibrated so much that it should have been an elongated device that vibrates and resides in the bedside table. Quality control was . . . er . . . uh probably created by the prople who checked out Lucas electronics for the Jaguar and other English cars of the day .

Because of its simplicity it was a tweaker's paradise and it wasn't difficult to raise the level of performance. Change the mat, modify the suspension . . . scratch that, remove the subplatter and sleeve and mount them in a custom, non-suspended plinth. Throw the profile arm as far away as you could (having been a fastball pitcher helped). Use a catapult to jetison the Premotec motor and replace with Origin Live, Teres (DC) VPI and controller (AC). Change the belt for a home made belt, use a stethescope to properly damp the 3 part plinth (motor, platter, tonearm).

You see the problem. It is no longer a Systemdek. It is a Frankenstein monster that is capable of performance better than anything at or under $8,000 out there. All the remains of the original are the sleeve, bearing, spindle (the grooved one . . . which conveys the thick oil the tolerences require) extremely well. And the Glass platter, now topped by a quite good (and pricey) TTWeights mat, periperal ring and center weight. (I found that the glass platter, properly damped by a well suited mat, was better tonally and rotationally more stable than the acrylic platter.

Over the course of the years I have spent well over $2,000 and countless hours (and occasional frustration). Was it worth it? Considering that the original and Frankenstein do not deserve mention in the same breath I am tempted to say no, but,considering the level of performance I get for what is today minimal outlay, YES! Considering how much I learned and the theories I was able to flesh out. Most certainly!

Then there is the question, would I buy a new one today? Not only no, but Hell no! Given what I now know, probably not then either. Worse, it would be a shame if people gave up on vinyl because that deck doesn't retrieve much of the glory that resides in those tiny grooves. It is, however, better than a Sears changer or a Dual 1219 or even the legendary AR.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Gauthier jean-Jacques a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I have a systemdek 11X Limited Edition 7/100 with a Profile arm and Grace needle. I have not used it since years and I have given all my vynil records because of a space shortage in my small condo. I would consider selling it at sacrifice price if anyone is interested .Get in touch through my E-Mail address

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chrisworth777@yahoo.com a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2009

Bottom Line:   
SYSTEMDEK IIX - I just got this turntable out of 18 years of storage. I'm looking for a manual, if anyone has one, so I can oil it, put the belt back on and make sure I've got it set up right. Anyone have a manual? THANK YOU. Chris Worth at chrisworth777@yahoo.com. August 2009.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Singlemania a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I too have a Systemdek IIX which I was lucky to pick up for a fraction of it's true worth. Mine was sporting a Moth badged RB250 and had the stock glass platter and lambs wool mat. I have owned a number of turntables in the past and many years ago I had a Linn LP12 with Grace 707 and Supex 900 which was high end in the late 70's. The Systemdek even in its basic form is a giant killer giving away only a fraction of performance to the current offerings in the £750- £1,000 range. I was so impressed with the turntable that I set out raising it's performance. It goes without saying that the bearing on all turntables need careful maintenance. Any deterioration here and the performance will suffer drastically, regardless how much money you throw at upgrades. The bearing on mine was well preserved but the oil was in desperate need of changing. I cleaned the bearing with isopropyl and filled the reservoir with some molyslip oil and the difference i performance was significant. It was more what I couldn't hear than what I could. The surface noise on most recordings reduced and on very clean pressings the silence was inky black allow more of the subtleties of the recording to come out. Well there must be more that can be done I thought to myself. The latest incarnation TT1 from Audio Note sported an acrylic platter. Well if it is good enough for AN, it was worth fitting one to the IIX. At £120 + postage this was an audio bargain. Fitting was a bit of a pain as the Q Control of Dunlop before AN bought the design was not great. The spindle dia varies slightly so according to AN some light sanding is sometimes needed to allow the acrylic platter to mate with the Dunlop spindle. Mine needed only light sanding and once installed it looked great. The acrylic platter allowed the soundstage to grow both in height and width and the bass was tighter and there was an extra sense of timbre. High hats had that extra sparkle and extension. The arm also received some attention with the addition of the Michell technoweight. Because the arm and platter were added at the same time I can't comment on what change caused what, but I'm, sure they both share equal praise for the end result. I now thought my Systemdek sounded at a level comparable with the LP12 having listened to the current offering at a recent hifi show. How could I improve on this further well I had heard that going DC with Origin Live was light night and day. I am a skeptic and very cynical about many claims I read. Well I took the plunge and went for the Advanced version of the OL DC Motor with a DC100. The base plate of the T/T was discarded as no dangerous Ac feed is within the T/T and I decided to remove everything the Ac motor relied on even the switch which is now covered with the OL metal plate. It’s slightly fiddly to fit the motor as it rides lower on the sub-platter. The plastic pulley needs to be raised on the motor shaft and a platter weight helps to bring the path of the belt to the mid point on the sub platter. Was it worth it, yes? It has been years since I have listened to a recording that has made the hairs on my neck stand up. Talk about jaw dropping and shiver down my spine. I don't put this entirely down to the DC motor but the investment in the other mods as well which have been allowed to unleash their hidden capability. What are left, well Audio Origami mods to the RB250 are next in line and some damping to the inside of the T/T base. I listened to a friend’s £7K Nottingham Anna log and to my humble ears the Systemdek gave the same pleasure and more.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995




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