December 8, 2022

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Andover Audio SpinBase MAX Unveiled: Just Place Turntable Above And Listen

Andover Audio got the message a number of years back when vinyl started taking off again — consumers getting into the format for the first time required the path of least resistance to make it work for them. Products like the SpinBase, SpinDeck, and Songbird network player offered a lot of performance for rather affordable prices.

Multiple members of the eCoustics team use their products at home and our reviews and features all share the same common denominator; excellent performance for the money.

Andover Audio SpinDeck Max Turntable with SpinBase in Black
Andover Audio SpinDeck Max Turntable atop SpinBase (original)

The SpinDeck MAX has proven to be a strong performer in the entry-level turntable category and I now use it for all affordable cartridge reviews including the $190 Grado Labs Prestige Red3 that we just reviewed.

The turntable, which is manufactured in Germany, is designed to work with mid-tier phono pre-amplifiers, integrated amplifiers, and active/powered loudspeakers that include an internal phono pre-amplifier.

Andover Audio SpinBase Max Turntable Speaker Black Angle
Andover Audio SpinBase Max

The SpinBase was always a logical resting place for the SpinDeck, but the SpinDeck MAX needed something better.

Building on the success of the popular, SpinBase powered speaker system, the world’s first speaker designed to support a turntable, Andover Audio has announced the SpinBase MAX (MSRP: $499).

Like the original, the new MAX offers improved performance and styling for vinyl enthusiasts seeking a compact yet high-quality speaker system to complete their turntable setup—without the complexity and space demands of extra speakers.

Andover Audio SpinBase Max Turntable Speaker Front White
Andover Audio SpinBase Max also comes in white

“SpinBase has been a tremendously successful product that our loyal customers love. But for many audio buffs, there is always an itch for ‘more’. SpinBase MAX scratches that itch by adding larger woofers and more power to increase bass output and overall loudness. We also added Bluetooth transmission so listeners could use their wireless headphones or earbuds, and a switchable high-pass filter that lets SpinBase MAX play even louder when a SpinSub is used with it.” – Bob Hazelwood, Director of Engineering.

Isogroove

Andover Audio SpinBase Max Turntable Speaker Black Angle Lifestyle

Thanks to Andover’s patent-pending IsoGroove Technology, you can stack a turntable directly on SpinBase MAX for a compact, high performance, feedback-free listening experience. This technology eliminates feedback, resonances, or any other audio-disruptive noise that is commonly found in traditional vinyl playback systems. 

Wireless

SpinBase MAX receives Bluetooth music from a smart device, just like the original SpinBase, with the new feature of transmitting turntable music to external speakers or headphones — very similar to how the Bluesound NODE and PowerNODE operate with Bluetooth loudspeakers and headphones.

Andover Audio SpinBase Max Turntable Speaker Black Front Lifestyle
Andover Audio SpinBase Max with SpinSub and SpinStand

Sound

SpinBase MAX packs a powerful sound system, positioning its performance between the SpinBase and Andover’s top-tier line of turntable music systems. With more wattage and larger woofers, you can expect cleaner music reproduction and deeper bass. Thanks to its clever single box chassis, SpinBase Max gives listeners the detail, separation, and wide soundstage traditionally produced in separate stereo speakers.

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Hookup 

Easily connect SpinBase to your turntable, streaming device, CD player, or subwoofer. The SpinBase MAX includes a high-pass switch to give it a loudness boost while connected to the Andover Audio SpinSub.

Connectivity

Andover Audio SpinBase Max Turntable Speaker with Bluetooth
SpinBase Max can send or receive music via Bluetooth.

SpinBase Max also allows users to wirelessly stream music via Bluetooth (aptX, aptX HD), and a headphone out offers quiet listening. The SpinBase MAX also offers a wide variety of inputs making it so easy to connect another source, such as a wireless streamer or CD player.

Price & Availability

SpinBase MAX is now available for $499 at AndoverAudio.com (expected delivery November 15, 2022) in a black or white finish to seamlessly integrate with Andover’s Spin Collection.

Andover offers a 60-day home trial and free shipping/returns, so customers can audition the ‘MAX in their own listening environment.

Features:

  • Connects to any Turntable
  • Built-In Phono Preamp
  • Bluetooth Pairing (to your Phone)
  • Bluetooth Transmit (to Wireless Speakers/Headphones)
  • Larger-Diameter Woofers for More Volume
  • Illuminating Touch-Capacitive Controls
  • Bass and Treble EQ Controls
  • Selectable 100Hz High-Pass Filter 
  • IsoGroove™ Noise-Free Technology
  • Heathered Speaker Fabric (Matches Andover SpinSub)
  • Includes a RCA Cable with Ground Connector

Specs:

  • Bass + Treble EQ Controls 
  • High-Pass (100Hz) Filter Switch 
  • Class D Amplification 
  • 30W RMS per channel 
  • Dimensions: (18″W x 13.5″L x 3.25″H)
Andover Audio SpinBase Max Turntable Speaker Black Detail
SpinBase vs SpinBase MAX
Features SPINBASE
$299
SPINBASE MAX
$499
 Total RMS Continuous Power  36W  60W
 Woofer Size   1.5″ x 3″ (Oval)  3.5″ (Round)
 Soft Dome Tweeter Size  20mm  20mm
 Bluetooth Receive  Yes  Yes
 Bluetooth Transmit  No  Yes
 Grille  Perforated Metal  Heathered Fabric
 Ceramic Cartridge EQ  Yes  No
 Selectable 100Hz High-Pass Filter  No  Yes
 Frequency Range  60Hz – 20kHz  48Hz – 20kHz

Related: See more Andover Audio products.