AVID Acutus Classic Turntable with Reference Ruby MC Cartridge and Nexus Arm
ACUTUS CLASSIC WITH REFERENCE RUBY MC CARTRIDGE AND NEXUS
They said perfection was impossible, strive for excellence
and settle for a job well done. Acutus was born from twenty years of chasing
perfection and remains almost unchanged today after a quarter century in
production. Launching not only the company, but an ethos to strive for
perfection in everything we do, today it is the Acutus Classic.
“it’s the most incredible turntable you’ve ever
– Jimmy Hughes
Wiping away convention, the Acutus removes layers of
distortion that haze the sound, so you hear only what is captured within your
Vinyl sceptics turn into fans, marveling at the superlative
bass grip the Acutus displays and its vast widescreen projection of the
soundstage, thunderous dynamics and crescendos always drawing a smile.
“AVID is one dramatic-looking turntable”
– Michael Fremer
The advantage of direct-drive turntables is their motor
torque; by comparison, to minimize motor vibration on the platter, belt-drive
turntables normally use low power motors coupled to a tiny belt.
Flying in the face of convention, AVID utilizes a powerful
synchronous motor and twin drive belts, with dominating control over the heavy
platter and the results are truly breath-taking, with deep dynamic bass and
stunning rhythmic timing.
“I think this is one of the great turntables in
Our unique two stage clamp performs dual functions, critical
to the ultimate sonic performance you hear.
First operation grounds the record to the main bearing,
allowing vibration caused by the stylus to pass into the subchassis. Reducing
the noise floor of the record vastly improves the sound you hear and there is
less damage or wear to records due to mistracing.
Second operation reflex clamps the vinyl flat to the platter
surface, eliminating warps and air pockets underneath. The platter mat itself
is a unique resin that reflects most vibration, keeping it in the record so it
passes more quickly through the bearing into the subchassis.
The 10Kg Chrome plated aluminum platter is the focal point
of the Acutus.
Secured with sixteen fixings, the 10mm aluminum disc which
has had the resin mat cast and machined offers the perfect record interface.
The mat reflects the most vibration except for very high frequencies, which
after entering the platter body are rapidly constrained damped by the nickel
and chrome layers.
The Acutus bearing spindle is the longest of all our
turntables and is press fitted into the subchassis. Being fixed it is an
inverted design so that the contact point is at the top and naturally has a low
center of gravity. At the top of the precision ground and tapered spindle a
tungsten carbide ball mates with a uniquely design sapphire jewel, keeping the
bearing point in a fix position with zero lateral movement. Doing this all but
eliminates rumble noise present on all other turntables and the self-lubricating
sleeve means no metal to metal contact during operation making our bearing
totally silent and maintenance free for life.
It is critical for sound quality that the tonearm and bearing
are rigidly coupled, any relative movement between them and information is lost
forever. Our unique one-piece multi-fold aluminum casting provides maximum
strength where required but allows for movement in non-critical areas,
accepting the fact that nothing is totally rigid.
To eliminate the vibration from the record passed through
the bearing, the casting is coated with a damping media of specific thickness
so that both high and low frequencies dissipate with linearity and time frame,
giving a neutral sound.
Our adjustable suspension system allows each supporting
spring to tuned to the same frequency regardless of the load. This means that
single or twin tonearm weights of up to 3Kg can be accommodated, the suspension
will be balanced and a perfect pistonic bounce achieved. With an isolation
frequency of 2.5Hz the pickup cartridge will not mis track, locked into
position and all external vibration blocked.
Our hand assembled high torque AC synchronous motor spins
the platter up to speed within seconds. Ten times more powerful than
conventional turntable motors, this provides the ultimate control and
stability. With twin round section drive belts the suspension is free to move
without inducing speed variations common with flat belt designs.
The Classic electronic power supply generates its own
frequency using DSP technology, allowing the final speed to be accurately
fine-tuned. With a large 80VA mains transformer, our power supply is actually a
fully integrated amplifier providing a fixed output for the twin coils of the
high torque motor.
TWIN BELT DRIVE
33.3 & 45.0 RPM (ADJUSTABLE)
INVERTED STAINLESS STEEL
3 POINT SPRING Vertical 2.5Hz, Lateral 4.5Hz
YES: SINGLE OR TWIN TONEARMS
HAND BUILT 24V 140mNm AC Synchronous
DSP VARI-SPEED CONTROL UNIT
100-240VAC 50/60Hz 20 Watts Max.
Turntable (overall) 460 x 400 x 210mm (WxDxH)
Turntable (footprint) 410 x 360mm (WxD)
P.S.U. 250 x 215 x 95mm (WxDxH)
19.0Kg (42lb) turntable only
3.5Kg (8lb) psu only
REFERENCE RUBY CARTRIDGE
Within the world of expensive esoteric cartridges, the Reference
Ruby is not inexpensive but nowhere near inaccessible. Not designed to be
second best, it will sit happily on any premium turntable, offering a fresh
insight into your record collection. Music always sparkles with a jewel.
“One cartridge for the rest of my days spinning
JEWEL OF SOUND
Acquiring its name by harnessing the immense rigidity of a
Ruby cantilever, musically this cartridge offers unparalleled resolution,
dynamics and an openness to the sound that totally captivates.
Subtle details are a revelation of breath-taking
transparency with lower frequencies formidably tight showing no loss of control
and thanks to the micro ridge stylus surface noise is vanishingly low.
By virtue of its construction, precise alignment for optimal
sound reproduction is painless, the extending cantilever allowing accurate
track selection and the purpose designed stylus guard offering protection when
you are absent.
Exceeding our own design expectations, Reference Ruby will
enrich your musical experience, abandoning the constraints of time to vividly
discover your most cherished records with this design masterpiece.
“For me, the Reference Ruby joins this select
group of cartridges”
– Ken Kessler