Everything about The Brinkmann Bardo tells of a fastidious creator, with each element serving a purpose; the design is minimal as a by product of necessity, not some flippant cosmetic agenda. The platter is substantial. The bearing is unfathomably smooth [link to Brinkmann video]. There is a sleek simplicity about the design and execution which just exudes class and confidence in Mr. Brinkmann's work.
You'd be forgiven for thinking this is Brinkmann's flagship model. The truth is each product from this German manufacturer sits very cunningly in its own little space. The Bardo is simply their fuss free, set-and-forget magnetic drive turntable. It is not an inferior product to any other... just... different.