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Audio Note Turntable

  Seen here is the Voyd turntable made in the UK.  Maybe i should say was the Voyd, now Audio Note turntable.  The folks at Audio Note now make this great three motor, spring suspension, precision cut acrylic platter turntable.  By using three motors, the effective mass of the acrylic platter is in excess of 75kg!  The bearing is an ultra-high precision unit consisting of a CNC machined brass housing with two phosphor bronze inserts to provide the optimum impedance to energy paths.  My ears tell me this table has the boogie factor of the Linn LP12 with the precision of the Goldmund Reference turntable.  My vote for one of the world's best tables available today.

Audio Note UK Ltd.
Unit C
Peacock Industrial Estate
Lyon Close 125-127
Davigdor Road
Hove BN3 1SG

Website: www.audionote.co.uk


Wilson Benesch

  From the folks who love their carbon fibre tonearms, Wilson Benesch also makes great turntables as well.  Seen here is their top-of-the-line table from 1996.  Using a suspended subchassis also comprised of carbon fibre too!  The drive train is a quartz referenced power supply featuring an electronic clutch mechanism.  The motor is a high quality hysteresis type.   Of course all of this is beautifully wrapped in an outer wood finish.  All of this is a testimony as to why turntables are sexy.  Amen!

Wilson Benesch
Unit 2
Fall Bank Industrial Estate
Barnsley S75 3LS

Website: www.wilson-benesch.com 


Clearaudio Master Reference

  The new Clearaudio Master Reference turntable uses three resonant layers (1 motor, 1 bearing, 1 tonearm) to reduce air and floorborne vibrations.  Up to three tonearms can be used as well for all you tonearm freaks out there (and you know who you are!).  Going one step beyond virtually all other turntables, the Master Reference also uses not one, but three extremely impressive high precision motors (just like my personal reference VOYD turntable).  These three motors are powered by the all new Clearaudio Master Reference Power Supply which monitors each motors' movement to keep ultra-precise speed stability at either 33 1/3 or 45 rpm.  Clearaudio's usual ultra-precision inverted bearing is used for smooth spinning operation.  This is no wimpy unit and weighs in at around 30kg!

Clearaudio Germany
Website: www.clearaudio.de


Graham 2.0

  Leave it to the great folks at Graham to come up with another great improvement to their tonearm.  Their model 2.0 tonearm is claimed to offer increased dynamics, bass extension and solidity, plus expanded soundstaging over their previous model 1.5.  The main pivot housing uses tungsten while the VTA adjustment system now has two scales.  One is the vertical while the other is a vernier scale on the adjusting knob. This allows repeatable changes in VTA of 0.0005", in addition to the vertical reference. In fact you can adjust the VTA during play with no adverse effects on performance!  Their 2nd generation ceramic arm wand incorporates ceramic material, and the finish is electrocoated over a metallic substrate embedded in the ceramic surface. The signal wires are totally shielded from headshell to the output on the bottom of the tonearm with the shielding being continued throughout our output cables and junction boxes.

Graham Engineering, Inc.
6 Kimball Court
Suite 113
Woburn, MA 01803

Website: www.graham-engineering.com 


Goldmund Reference with T3F

  Yes, it is none other then the famed Goldmund Reference turntable with T3F tonearm.  Introduced in 1982, this "state-of-the-art" turntable of it's time used computer controlled motor speed regulation to insure accuracy within a claimed .01%!  In fact there was even a resetable readout for letting you know how many hours you had on your current cartridge!   The total production was limited to 300 turntables while my guess is that about 1,000 T3F tonearms exist today.  i like fixing/tweaking this table as there is much to tweak and great improvements in the way it reproduces music is enhanced as a result.   For those who enjoy jazz and classical music, this is among some of the great turntables out there.

2 Chemin de la Graviere
CH - 1227 Geneva

Website: www.goldmund.com


Benz Micro Glider Benz Micro Ruby

  Benz Micro is know for their high quality phono cartridges.  Seen here is their Glider (left) and Ruby 2 (right).  The Glider and Ruby are moving coil type cartridges which are precisely assembled by hand.   The Glider uses a solid aluminum base so that the moving coil-cantilever assembly is free of body resonances. Both cartridges use the micro-line stylus with face bonded shank, tapped mounting holes, and special generator damping materials.

USA Distribution by
Musical Surroundings
5856 College Avenue
Suite 146
Oakland, CA 94618

Website: www.musicalsurroundings.com


La Luce

  The La Luce is a direct coupled, suspension-free design by Judith Spotheim-Koreneef.  A precision machined two inch acrylic platter's mass is further increased by the imbedding of steel weights inside.  All the major components of this turntable are machined from a solid billets of acrylic, brass, and stainless steel.   A stand alone synchronous AC motor has belt grooves for turning the platter 33 1/3 or 45 rpm speeds.

US Distributor, Cardas Audio, LTD.
480 Eleventh Street, South East
Bandon, Oregon 97411

Website: www.cardas.com



   Seen here is the Micro Seiki SX8000 turntable.  Using a very large motor structure for precise speed control this table can also accommodate two tonearms.  Amazingly precise parts and high build quality insures it's owner many years of musical enjoyment.


Linn Ekos Tonearm

   Linn, a company that needs no introduction to those who love vinyl, has been offing the LP12 turntable for a long time.   Though i haven't yet received a good high-resolution photo of the LP12 (and i have tried), seen here is their Ekos tonearm.  First introduced in 1988, this tonearm is another Linn classic!  The pivot to stylus length is 229mm and of course uses the standard Linn mounting.

Linn Products Limited
Floors Road, Waterfoot
G76 OEP, Scotland UK

Website: www.linn.co.uk


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