The CS 418 is equipped with a tonearm design that has solid aluminum construction, a damped tonearm lift, adjustable tracking force, and anti-skate technology. The platter is die-cast aluminum, the plinth has a solid MDF construction, and the feet are designed with elastomer damping to reduce vibrations. Additionally, a heavy rubber mat provides resonance damping. Drive is based on a carefully engineered, low-vibration DC servo motor.
The Ortofon 2M Red phono cartridge is mounted on a removable headshell making it easy to install a different cartridge, The CS 418's belt has been precision cut to reduce "wow and flutter," so the design banishes distortion and maintains proper pitch. A built-in, switchable moving-magnet phono preamplifier is a key feature of this convenient, ready-to-run turntable. Dual has upped the convenience factor by giving this turntable three speeds (33/45/78 RPM) and a removable dust cover for protection.