Michell Audio - ORBE SE Reference Turntable - Dreamedia AV
Michell Audio - ORBE SE Reference Turntable - Dreamedia AV
Michell Audio - ORBE SE Reference Turntable - Dreamedia AV
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Michell Audio Orbe SE Reference Turntable (No Tonearm)

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Michell Audio Orbe SE Reference Turntable (No Tonearm)

Experience the Pinnacle of Vinyl Playback with the Michell Audio ORBE SE Reference Turntable

In the world of vinyl audio, the Michell Audio ORBE SE Reference Turntable stands as a testament to the marriage of high fidelity and exquisite engineering. This compact marvel is designed for the audio purist who seeks nothing short of perfection in their musical journey. Let's delve into the symphony of features that make the ORBE SE a masterpiece in its own right.

Unparalleled Sound Quality for the Discerning Audiophile

The ORBE SE is a conduit for reference-quality sound. Its neutral listening experience is second to none, allowing you to hear your favorite records as the artists intended. With the ORBE SE, every nuance and detail hidden within the grooves of your vinyl is brought to life with stunning clarity across all departments—be it the deep bass, dynamic range, or the high notes that demand precision.

  • High-Quality Sound Reproduction: The turntable brings out the details in your vinyl for a truly immersive listening experience.
  • Great Dynamic Range: Experience the full spectrum of sound, from the softest whispers to the most powerful crescendos.
  • Deep Bass: Feel the depth of the music with bass that resonates with clarity and power.

A Design That Speaks Volumes

The ORBE SE's compact design is not just aesthetically pleasing but purposeful. By reducing the footprint compared to the standard Orbe turntable, Michell Audio has created a piece that is travel-friendly and durable.

  • Solid Aluminium Feet: Designed to minimize vibrations from the supporting furniture.
  • Weighted Pendulum-Style Sub Chassis: Acts as a sink for resonance and vibration, ensuring stability and purity of sound.
  • Open Design: No lid to obscure the turntable's beauty or the quality of your listening experience.

Cutting-Edge Technology for Supreme Audio Performance

Michell Audio's commitment to innovation is evident in the ORBE SE's sophisticated design features, which work in concert to minimize vibrations and enhance audio performance.

  • Dual-Layer Isolation: This feature actively minimizes vibrations, ensuring that your listening experience remains uninterrupted by external disturbances.
  • Thick Vibration Damping Platter: The platter is designed to reduce unwanted resonances, ensuring that your music is free from any sonic interference.
  • Never Connected™ Power Supply and Motor Configuration: A stable and precise speed control is guaranteed, thanks to this unique approach that separates the power supply from the motor for reduced noise and vibrations.
  • Three-Point Spring Suspension System: This system not only provides height adjustment but also maintains stability for the sub-chassis, allowing for perfect balance and isolation.

Precision Engineering for Optimal Vinyl Playback

The ORBE SE's meticulous engineering ensures that every component works harmoniously to deliver the best possible sound.

  • Inverted Oil Circulating Main Bearing: This feature ensures full lubrication during platter rotation, significantly reducing noise and potential vibrations.
  • Extra Heavy Impedance-Matched Platter: Chosen for its exceptional vibration dampening characteristics, it contributes to the turntable's neutral sound reproduction.
  • Free-Standing Motor Unit: Separated from the turntable to eliminate the transfer of motor noise and vibrations, enhancing the purity of sound.

Advanced Power Supply: The Heart of Stability

The Orbe controller power supply is the heartbeat of the ORBE SE, ensuring that the turntable operates at a consistent and precise speed.

  • Large Toroidal Transformer: Provides clean and stable power.
  • Never Connected™ Circuitry: Further isolates the turntable from electrical irregularities.
  • Servo Motor Control Technology: Maintains rock-solid speed stability for perfect pitch and rhythm.

Accessories That Elevate the Experience

Michell Audio knows that it's the details that make the difference, which is why the ORBE SE comes with accessories that enhance your listening pleasure.

  • Orbe Record Clamp: This screw-down design increases clamping force, flattening warped vinyl, and minimizing resonance for a pristine audio experience.
  • Optional Dust Covers: Protect your investment and keep your records dust-free for the best sound quality.
  • Recommended Tonearm: For those looking for the perfect companion, the SME series IV or V tonearms are recommended for their precision and quality.

Effortless Setup for Immediate Enjoyment

Setting up the ORBE SE is a breeze, thanks to the easy assembly with a step-by-step guide. This ensures that you'll be enjoying your music in no time, with minimal fuss.

  • Easy Assembly: Follow the straightforward guide to set up your turntable quickly and easily.
  • Low Contact Area Feet: These specially designed feet further minimize vibrations, ensuring that your music is the only thing that moves you.

A Long-Term Investment in Quality

The Michell Audio ORBE SE Reference Turntable is not just a purchase; it's an investment in a lifetime of musical enjoyment. Built to last, with long-term support and upgradability, the ORBE SE is a turntable that will stand the test of time.

  • Durability: Constructed with high-quality materials, the ORBE SE is designed to endure the rigors of extensive use.
  • Support and Upgradability: Michell Audio stands behind their products with excellent customer service and options for future upgrades.

Pros That Resonate with Our Audience

  • Reference Quality Sound: Comparable to the flagship model, the ORBE SE offers an unparalleled audio experience.
  • More Affordable: Enjoy the premium quality of the flagship ORBE turntable at a more accessible price point.
  • Rigid and Vibration-Absorbing Design: Every aspect of the ORBE SE is crafted to enhance the audio experience by reducing unwanted resonances.
  • Advanced Power Supply: Guarantees the ultimate in speed stability and audio fidelity.
  • Aesthetically Pleasing: A turntable that looks as good as it sounds, fitting seamlessly into any decor.

The Michell Audio ORBE SE Reference Turntable is a statement piece for any audiophile. It's not just about playing records; it's about experiencing music in its purest form. With its reference-quality sound, advanced features, and elegant design, the ORBE SE is the perfect centerpiece for your home audio system. Whether you're a seasoned vinyl enthusiast or new to the world of high-fidelity sound, the ORBE SE offers an unparalleled listening experience that will transform the way you enjoy music.

At Dreamedia, we understand the importance of a perfectly tailored home theater and audio system. Our expertise and passion for excellence mean that we can help design a system around the ORBE SE that will meet your specific needs and exceed your expectations. Contact us today to embark on your journey to audio nirvana with the Michell Audio ORBE SE Reference Turntable.


  • Low contact area feet: The solid aluminium feet of the turntable are shaped so the area in contact with the supporting surface is very small, this is done to minimise the transfer of vibrations from the supporting furniture into the turntable.
  • Three 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.
  • Weighted 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.
  • Inverted 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.
  • Extra 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.
  • Free 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.
  • Orbe 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.
  • Orbe 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.

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Physical Specifications

  • Weight: 13.5 kg
  • Width: 49 cm
  • Depth: 37.5 cm
  • Height: 15 cm

Design and Construction

  • Platter Thickness: 60mm
  • Platter Material: Vibration damping material
  • Feet Material: Solid aluminum
  • Feet Design: Minimal contact area
  • Suspension: Three-point spring system
  • Sub-chassis: Weighted pendulum style
  • Main Bearing: Inverted oil circulating
  • Platter: Extra heavy impedance-matched


  • Motor Type: Free-standing motor unit
  • Power Supply: Orbe controller with Never Connected™ technology and servo motor control
  • Speeds: 33.3 and 45 rpm


  • Record Clamp: Orbe screw-down design

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