Oracle is a name steeped in hifi history. A French Canadian company that started in 1979 and made its name with the iconic, aesthetic perfection of its Delphi turntable. The Delphi continues in production today, and is in its Mk VI guise at around £10,000.
So, what do we have here?
The Paris is the entry-level turntable in the Oracle range. Although Oracle’s entry level system is costlier than may brands’ top of the range gear!
It is belt drive and the tonearm has to be manually cued.
A choice of four standard high gloss finishes is offered; red, white, black and silver grey. The sample I received was supplied in a beautiful glossy red. Buyers can however request any colour, for a small additional cost.
The Paris turntable is available as a standard bundle with a Paris tonearm and Paris high output moving coil (mc) phono cartridge.
My wife was very impressed with its appearance and asked how much it cost. “Over £5,000″, I said. — “Hmm”, she nodded, unsurprised, “it looks expensive”. OK, so it passes the perceived value test.
I think it is impossible for me to avoid briefly comparing the Oracle Paris Mk.V turntable package with the budget Pro-Ject Debut Carbon that I recently reviewed for Hifi Pig.
They do look similar. They use basically the same, quite distinctive looking arm. Superficially, the plinth looks pretty much the same, although comparing the sizes in the respective specs, the Paris is larger, and there is a stylishly sloped-off edge to the right front corner of the Paris’s plinth.
But casual appearances can be deceptive, very much so in this case. The Oracle Paris has a more sophisticated appearance, as immediately picked up on by my wife. And in engineering terms it is a far more sophisticated device with an adjustable semi-suspended suspension, substantially upgraded arm and the control electronics and AC motor are the same as used in the top-of-the-line Oracle Delphi MkVI. More »