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Audiowood’s Barky is poised to take the title of 2018’s most interesting looking turntable, and we’re only in March. While we all know by now that a great sounding turntable is essential, aesthetics often come a distant second to functionality. Don’t get us wrong – that is the correct order for those two things. But just once, it wouldn’t it be nice to have the best of both worlds? Audiowood might hold the answer.
Audiowood turntables are made by designer and woodworker, Joel Scilley. While he’s been working as a designer/carpenter since 1997, Scilley turned his attention to handmade audio equipment in 2008. Since then, his turntables have been featured in The New York Times, Wired, Gizmodo, and dozens more.
Barky lives up to its name as a solid slab cut from an Ash tree with rings and bark left intact, finished with hand-rubbed polyurethane and paste wax. The turntable features a hefty glass platter, high-quality RB303 tonearm, and Rega Elys2 cartridge. The cartridge is already aligned and mounted, meaning you go from unboxing to playing your favorite records in a manner of minutes.
If it sounds appealing, you better get in quick, and be willing to pay a pretty penny. Barky is limited-production (averaging about 10-15 made per year).