Tonearms

Reed 3P Pernambuco

A modern classic example of comeback of vinyl trend. Usage of traditional materials - wood, stainless steel and aluminum - and joining them into one piece of precisely crafted product creates unique visual experience. Its innovative technical design enables changing major tonearm parameters - VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle), cartridge azimuth and antiskating - on-the-fly, i.e. while playing a record. An exciting thing about the azimuth adjuster is that during the adjustment process the cartridge "swings" around the needle tip, hence keeping all other tonearm parameters intact. Reed 3P tonearm also features unique bearing setup, which allows listener to enjoy the slightest music tones.

Specifications:

Magnetic antiskating

Fine VTA adjustment on-the-fly (inherited from Reed 2P)

Azimuth adjustment on-the-fly

Innovative bearing system - mix of gimbal and unipivot principle.

Specifications

Effective length             9.5" 10.5’’ 12’’

Mounting distance, mm 223 / 251.6 / 295.6

Overhang, mm              17 15.4 13.4

Offset angle, deg          22.9        20.7 17.6

Effective mass  (Varies) - See Link 

Reed 2A / Reed 3Q Models available

ikeda it-407

Built for dynamic balance, although it can support a cartridge weight of 6 to 38.5 grams, the stylus pressure ranges from 5 grams to utter weightlessness.

Specifications:

Type: Dynamic Balance

Overall Length: 388mm

Effective Length: 307mm

Overhang: 12mm

Tracking Error: +2° - 0°35'

Stylus Force Range: 0g - 5g (in 0.5g step)

Mounting Hole Diameter: 31mm

Arm Height Adjustment Range: 25mm - 60mm

Max Arm Board Thickness: 35mm

Cartridge/Headshell Balance Range: 6g - 38.5g

Headshell Weight: 17.2g

Pivot to Spindle Distance: 295mm

 

Reed 3P Cocobolo

Among other features, like fine VTA adjustment on-the-fly, this Reed tonearm also has a unique possibility of adjusting azimuth while playing a record. An exciting thing about the azimuth adjuster is that during the adjustment process the cartridge "swings" around the needle tip, hence keeping all other tonearm parameters intact (you can see how it works by watching a short video).

Magnetic antiskating and some other features, used in Reed 3P, were developed in our Reed Mag prototype model*, which made its first appearance in Analog Forum 2011 Krefeld, Germany.

Another 3Ps innovation is its bearing system. Although tonearm bearing system can be considered as gimbal, it acts like unipivot one. However, major difference from unipivot system is that instead of a single pivot three pivots and both vertical and horizontal axis' magnetic stabilizers are used. Such bearing system is as rigid as gimbal, but its friction coefficient is as low as in unipivot.

Again, if you are bored with this technical talk, it is enough to know that in Reed 3P you can setup most of the tonearm's parameters (VTA, azimuth, antiskating) on the fly, and due to the very sensitive bearing system you will not miss the slightest music tones.

Reed 3P is acknowledged not only by its high quality sound, but also for it's distinctive design. It convinced the international 30-member expert jury of the “red dot award: product design 2012” international design contest and received one of the coveted awards - red dot - in the “Entertainment technology and cameras” category. The red dot design award, held by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen (Germany) and with origins reaching back to the 1950s, has established itself internationally as one of the most appreciated quality seals for outstanding designs.

Also in July 2013 the German Design Council committees have nominated Reed 3P tonearm for the German Design Award 2014, Lifestyle category.

The German Design Award is an international premium prize, which successfully enhances the standing of both designers and companies. Its organizer, the German Design Council, has been representing and supporting the German design industry with its expertise in all questions relating to design for 60 years now. A nomination for the German Design Award on the occasion of the anniversary of the German Design Council is especially significant - it stands for 60 years of design culture.

Specifications

Effective length 9.5" 10.5’’ 12’’ Mounting distance, mm 223 251.6 295.6 Overhang, mm 17 15.4 13.4 Offset angle, deg 22.9 20.7 17.6 Effective mass See details of each armwand material. 

Reed 2A

Reed 2A is for customers, who have fixed audio setup and just want to listen for the perfect sound. Reed 2A model has the same sound quality as Reed 3Q model, but has less possibilities for adjustment.

Technical details

Tonearm base consists of two parts: the massive stand and moving part, made of solid metal. After adjusting tonearm height it is tightened to a stand. Such construction is rigid and stable. Height (VTA) adjustment is 20 mm, tolerance ±0.1mm.

Bearings feature carbide tungsten points and sapphire thrust pad. Such bearings have a very low friction and minimal contact surface, reducing noise transmission from base to the cartridge.

Lever antiskating mechanism is supported by ruby olive bombe bearings. Antiskating mechanism is dynamic. Antiskating force is constant while cartridge moves to the center of the plate. Ruby olive bombe bearings reduce mechanism friction to a minimum.

Tonearm is statically balanced. To minimize "swinging" effect, counterweight is at the same horizontal level as the needle tip. Downforce range is from 10 mN to 30 mN.

Currently our tonearm armtubes are made only from wood. After investigating various materials - metal, fiberglass, carbon fiber and, of course, wood, we came up to conclusion that our tonearms sound best (and have best acoustic properties) with armwands made from properly selected and processed wood. Armtube material also has significant impact to tonearms effective mass.

Specifications

Effective length 9.5’’ 10.5’’ 12’’ Mounting distance, mm 223 251.6 295.6 Overhang, mm 17 15.4 13.4 Offset angle, deg 22.9 20.7 17.6 Effective mass See details of each armwand material

kuzma 4point

Differs from other tonearms by introducing several new and unique features. The new zero-play bearing is configured on 4 points.

Specifications:

Effective length 280 mm

Arm mount distance 212 mm

Distance from spindle to horizontal bearing 264 mm

Bearing type 4 points

Effective mass 14 g Total mass 2050 g

Offset angle 19.5* VTA adjustment

Precise VTA tower Azimuth adjustment

Precise worm drive

Tube Conical Bias Yes

Max. standard cartridge weight 35 gram

Optional light and heavy counterweight Yes

Damping Separate vertical and horizontal damping

Detachable headshell Yes ( + 1 spare)

Arm mount Kuzma Standard

Wiring Crystal Cable Silver / Eichman RCA bullets, RCA box (75pF, Single 42 pF)

Accessories Protractors, Allen keys, cartridge mounting screws Options XLR, 5pin

Kuzma 4Point 14 Inch

4Point 14 is essentially the 4Point tonearm with 14 inch ( 353 mm) effective length which is fitted on 12 inch ( 291mm) primary base distance.

Technical data

Specifications:

Mass 2150 gr

Effective length 353 mm ( 14 inch )

Mounting distance 291.50 mm( Kuzma cut- 291 mm )

Offset angle 15.35 degrees

Distance spindle-horizontal bearing 340 mm ( 338 mm for Stabi M)

Effective mass 19 g

VTA adjustment yes

Azimuth adjustment yes

Bias adjustment yes

Vertical damping yes

Horizontal damping yes

Detachable headshell yes ( one extra supplied)

Cables silver wire type.

Arm mount Kuzma cut ( 12 inch position)

Optional extra headshells, headshell containers, different wiring termination options (XLR, RCA).

 

graham phantom b44 supreme

Specifications:

Magnetically stabilized, fluid-damped unipivot tonearm. Mounting profiles: standard Graham Custom Mount and SME mount.

Effective Length (Standard model) 235mm

(Long version) 247mm

Offset Angle (Standard) 23.431 degrees

(Long) 22.230 degrees

Overhang (Standard) 17.6mm

(Long) 16.7mm

Tonearm Weight: 1100 grams

Cart Weight Range: 5-19 grams

Schroeder CB-1 Tonearm

CB-1L (11" Long)
Effective length 282mm
Pivot to spindel distance: 267.5mm
Offset angle: 19,35°
Effective mass 17gms with Certal cartridge plate and 22gms with brass 

Shaft diameter: 23mm Distance between mounting surface and platter level: ~25-60mm, best:~30-35mm
Ceramic hybrid bearings with unprecedented low friction: < 2mg vertically, < 3,5mg horizontally
Internal magnetic damping for the horizontal movement
Frictionless, resonance free magnetic antiskating
Cryogenics treated, low loss, high purity copper wiring (single run from cartridge clips to RCAs), 1m from arm to RCAs Armwand made out of Kingwood

CB-1 (9" version) Eff. length: 239,3mm Pivot to spindle distance: 222mm
Offset Angle: 23° Eff. mass with supplied cartridge mounting plate:
14gr - (19gr with optional heavy cartridge mounting plate, 12,5gr. with ultralight cmp)
Shaft diameter: 23mm Distance between mounting surface and platter level: ~25-60mm, best:~30-35mm
Ceramic hybrid bearings with unprecedented low friction: < 2mg vertically, < 3,5mg horizontally
Internal magnetic damping for the horizontal movement
Frictionless, resonance free magnetic antiskating
Cryogenics treated, low loss, high purity copper wiring (single run from cartridge clips to RCAs), 1m from arm to RCAs Armwand made out of Kingwood

 

Schroeder Reference SQ   

A yarn - torsion bearing , magnetically stabilized and steamed

No bearing friction , breakaway torque equal to zero , no " camp chatter"

Attenuation of the tone arm - Tonabnehmerresonanz by induction of eddy currents, adjustable

VTF remains in changing the VTA largely constant ( " neutral balance" ) !

Overhang , VTA , VTF and Azimuth sensitively adjustable

Variable armtube parameters , thus eff . Mass ( 5 - 35gr ) and eff .

Length ( 8.5 - 12inches ) usually at no extra charge to customer / request feasible

East Valhalla tonearm wiring , continuous, alternative cabling to arrangement

Tonarmrohre / rods with high internal damping of Bocote , rosewood , blackwood ,

Ebony , acacia , bamboo , Pertinax , carbon fiber u.m.

Patented design

Durand Talea II

"When a musician goes to a luthier or an instrument maker to buy an instrument he/she doesn’t spend too much time on the issues of engineering--although the materials and techniques used in the construction can be of the highest interest; the musician plays the instrument, and listens. He wants to know if the instrument can do what he wants it to do, if it produces the sound he wants to hear.

Choosing a tonearm involves the same process.The material used for the armwand is of course just as important as those used for every aspect of the assembly. The experiments conducted to determine which material for this part would deliver the best sound were not conducted in isolation: they had to be done with the armwand mounted on the base because all the elements of the Talea™ work in concert.

While the 1st generation Talea™ used the exotic hardwood Jatoba, it was found that, given the changes in other materials, another exotic hardwood, the Bolivian Rosewood now gave superior results. As before, the shape of the armwand was derived from careful analysis of the shape of the violin bow. Its cross section, in particular, is designed to allow the ideal combination of flexibility and rigidity for this application.


After the "raw" armwand is received from our woodworker, it first undergoes an 11-step process of sanding. It is then measured and weighedfor archival purpose, the other parts of its assembly are added, and it istested for mechanical balance.
If all is well so far, it is wired and testedfor sound: this is the "tuning," where final adjustments in shape can be made if necessary. Once the results are satisfactory, the armwand then undergoes a stainingprocess similar to the one that has been used by bow makers for centuries. It is let to dry andfinally goes back on the turntable, where it is played for several days.

The cartridge is first mounted on a cartridge plate, which is in turn fastened onto the headshell with a bolt. The bolt is also engaged in a slot cut in the cartridge plate, a system that allows the user to easily set the effective length by sliding the cartridge plate along the slot.
If the user likes to change cartridges often, it might be worth having more than one cartridge plate. One can simply leave the cartridges fastened on their respective plate, simplifying the process of mounting them on and off on the armwand (alignment will still be needed for each cartridge, though!)."

Durand Telos

The Telos is our top-of-the-line model. It is the result of intensive interdisciplinary research, from shape optimization, stress analysis to materials science, guided by observation and informed by theory. The development of the project started with a thorough re-examination of the fundamentals of tonearm design, an approach that progressively led us to the most minimalist design that was possible, given the functions that were deemed essential to a tonearm operation. Each element is an essential part of the functional whole, and nothing is superfluous. The experience acquired in the long period that led to the Talea™ proved invaluable when developing this new tonearm. In some ways, it is a radical extension of the earlier project, and in other ways, it treads new ground by bringing new types of possible adjustments.

The design
Finite Element Analysis and computer stress simulations were systematically complemented with numerous audition tests, in order to determine which factors were the most relevant to playback performance. The research examined in great detail the questions of vibrations, stress and damping, and how their interactions apply to the system as a whole. Extreme attention was given to the many aspects of relations between the components that are involved in the structure of the tonearm, and the optimization of their shape. A vast number of materials, from common to very exotic (and terribly expensive...) were evaluated for each part: from the smallest screws to each major part of the assembly, nothing was left to chance.
One of the leading principles during the development was to simplify all the basic elements of the construction in order to obtain the purest design and the best mechanical integrity possible, while maintaining all functionality needed in a modern tonearm. As a result, the Telos is very easy to use and offers all the adjustments one could ever need--plus a few unusual ones designed to achieve extremely fine tuning of the sound result.
The Telos is now available with wooden or composite armwand.

 

Origin Live

Conqueror Mk3c

“Arguably the very best tonearm yet made – a startlingly capable all rounder with none of the vices or quirks of rival super-arms…” HiFi World full review

One of the very best tonearms on sale at any price, Conqueror is aptly named. Yet this isn’t an overblown, showy performer – it’s not voiced to impress some of the people, some of the time. Rather, it’s exceptionally even-handed and balanced in its presentation and sounds sublime across a wide range of music. An immensely high resolution measuring instrument, it is nevertheless consummately musical and organic sounding. A real ‘fit and forget’ product, no matter what you play, it just dissolves away…

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For more information, click on the relevant sidebar links. ‘Key Information’ gives a detailed overview of all Origin Live tonearms.

Performance

Conqueror is the culmination of many years of research work into tonearm design, and sounds light years ahead of its time. It incorporates a number of idealistic principles into engineering practice, to deliver superlative sonic performance.

Compared to more affordable Origin Live tonearms, it there’s an obvious increase in transparency, and with it a heightened sense of realism. Music sounds more natural and less processed, as if a bright light has been shone on the recording and it’s there in front of you, in all its glory. Yet it confers an uncanny smoothness on the music, too; there’s a wonderful sense of ease and rhythmic ebb and flow. Bass is yet more powerful and defined than Illustrious, which is no small feat. Vocals shimmer with natural timbre, and stereo imaging is almost holographic.

To understand the importance of tonearms in system hierarchy, see 'analysis of leading arms'. This explains why Origin Live products have cutting-edge performance and provides an in-depth explanation of many facets of their design.

Features

• hybrid arm tube composed of 5 materials, for superb energy dissipation

• ultra low friction dual-pivot bearings for optimum treble performance Dual-Pivot explained

• floating vertical bearings decouple the armtube from the deck, reducing coloration

• high strength aircraft alloy headshell for increased dynamics

• silver Hybrid arm cable standard; linear Flow 2 copper cable is a no-cost option

• superlative quality, pure copper WBT nextgen RCA plugs for lowest signal loss

• integral VTA adjustment

• fits all Rega armboard cutouts – old style threaded base or new 3-point mounting

 

Ortofon

Ortofon RS-309D 12" dynamic-balance tonearm

RS-309D 12 inch Ortofon’s D series tonearm takes analog sound reproduction to a higher level with highly configurable VTF options and a dynamic balance system for increased stability when tracking warps and other anomalies.

D series tonearms can be used for a wide array of cartridges, feature anti-skating control.

 

Features:

  • Dynamic balance graduated vertical tracking force (VTF) control through a new spring design
  • The new short wire spring, housed in the pivot case, eliminates unwanted vibrations in the tone arm
  • VTF in the range 0-5 grams can be precisely adjusted by means of the supplied digital force gauge
  • Anti-skate control adjusted by calibrated dial in the range 0-5 gram
  • Tone arm height, and thereby VTA, is easy adjustable on the tonearm base.
  • Detachable head shell and tone arm cable, with standard SME-type connectors