Michell Orbe SE
SMALL FOOTPRINT FLAGSHIP SYSTEM
The Michell Orbe SE delivers a reference quality listen
comparable to the Orbe, but in a smaller, more affordable package.
By eliminating much of the expensive acrylic, the Michell
Orbe SE offers most of the Orbe’s qualities in a cheaper, smaller, and to some
people aesthetically more pleasing package.
The Orbe SE can be upgraded to a full Orbe by purchasing the
double plinth and dustcover.
When teamed with an T2 or T3 tonearm, the Orbe SE is a
surprisingly affordable entry to the Orbe-class of performance.
contact area feet: The solid aluminum feet of the turntable are
shaped so the area in contact with the supporting surface is very small,
this is done to minimize the transfer of vibrations from the supporting
furniture into the turntable.
point spring suspension system: Three suspension towers are fixed
to the secondary acrylic base to hold the suspension springs in place and
provide height adjustment for the sub chassis.
pendulum style sub chassis: Hanging on the three suspension
springs, this provides a rigid dense platform to mount the main bearing,
platter and tonearm assembly, ensuring there is no movement between them,
while also acting as a ‘resonance / vibration sink’ drawing away unwanted
vibrations from the sensitive elements of the turntable.
oil circulating main bearing: Contrary to traditional designs,
our main bearing has the point of rotation at the top of the assembly, not
at the bottom. This orientation allows us to fully lubricate the inside of
the entire bearing while the platter is turning. We achieve this by way of
a modified Archimedean screw that we machine into the inside bore of the
bearing. The oil is drawn from a reservoir at the base of the main bearing
up to the thrust ball at the top, fully lubricating as it goes, it then returns
to the reservoir via a waste hole drilled into the bearing spindle.
Lubricating the precision parts of the main bearing in this way means that
any potential for noise or vibration created by the rotation of the
platter is avoided.
heavy Impedance-matched platter: The platter material was chosen
for its vibration dampening characteristics and because sonically it is a
very similar material to vinyl, so it has a very neutral sound
characteristic. The extra mass of the Orbe platter gives it great momentum
when spinning aiding in speed stability.
standing motor unit: The motor unit used to drive the turntable
is completely separate to the turntable, meaning it doesn’t touch the
turntable in anyway. The only connection between the motor and the
turntable is the drive belt that drives the platter. This stops any noise or
vibrations created when the motor is running, getting through to the
sensitive parts of the turntable.
controller power supply: The most sophisticated power supply we
manufacture, the Orbe controller uses a large toroidal transformer, Never
Connected™ circuitry and servo motor control technology to make sure the
platter is always turning at the correct speed. All the time the platter
is turning, the motor is reporting back what the RPM is, if this changes
even slightly, the controller automatically adjusts its output to correct
the change. The result is that the speed stability of an Orbe turntable is
absolutely rock solid.
record clamp: The Orbe clamp is a screw-down design, which allows
you to exert more force on to the vinyl when clamping it to the platter,
than our standard clamps allow. This further helps flatten warped and
uneven vinyl and eliminate resonance in the vinyl disk.