ACOUSTIC SIGNATURE - ASCONA MK2 TURNTABLE
The Ascona has been designed using considerable in-house design knowledge and development expertise built up over 15 years. The Ascona story starts with the platter on which the record sits – because the perfect turntable requires a resonance free platter rotating perfectly, with great stability. A very high mass platter is the answer, but needs designing carefully to achieve the desired result, high mass on its own is not enough. Then there is the motor to perfectly rotate the platter and the ‘arm board’ to perfectly hold the arm – all needed radical re-thinking to achieve our goal – the best sounding turntable Acoustic Signature has ever produced, the best turntable ever perhaps? Here are some technical features that make the Ascona so good:
The record platter (Silencer-Platter3) design brief was clear: Elimination of vibration due to impacting airborne vibration and elimination of bearing noise - to remove resonance at all frequencies, especially in the range 400-6000Hz; and to increase of the rotating mass of the platter to aid stability.
A 50mm thick solid aluminum turntable platter is made from a very soft alloy to optimize its periodic resonance and a resonance-reducing material is also applied to the bottom face. Solid brass ‘Silencer’ inserts are used to eliminate resonance. Ascona employs 30 small Silencer’s on the very outer diameter of the platter; we needed to increase the platter diameter to nearly 350mm to achieve this. A further 24 larger Silencers are used within the body of the platter. The manufacturing process for the precision of the holes to accept the silencers was once more refined. The holes are drilled and “line-bored” with a clearance of less than 0.01mm to achieve a perfect fit. The Silencers become an integral part of the turntable - highly absorbing of all vibration energy, the platter remains inert and resonance free. To ensure perfect platter balance, the holes are absolutely true about the center of the turntable.
The platter-bearing component is manufactured from special hardened and polished steel, with an extremely hard tungsten carbide ball at its base. The bearing housing uses perfectly matched and ‘aged’ sinter bronze inserts, which are self-lubricating; and therefore maintenance free. At the base of the bearing, we use our specially developed ‘high-tech’ material TIDORFOLON.
• Total weight: 172lbs. (78 kg)
• Dimension: B x W (550mmx470mm)
STARTS AT $33,999
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