AVID                                                                   

 
 
 
 

 Welcome to the 21st Century of vinyl replay!! 

  

 

  MISSION STATEMENT: 

"The Truth, nothing more, nothing less"

Since 1995, our uncompromising design and manufacturing approach, ensures the finest products available today. Modern manufacturing facilities, state-of-the-art computer design technology and large investments in materials research have turned bygone phonographs into leading-edge technology. With other mechanical, electro-mechanical and electronic equipment in development, AVID is a growing force throughout the audio market with a reputation for being "Closer to the truth".

 

 

Listen yourself, Judge yourself, Enjoy yourself.


 

After investing over 20 years in development work, company founder Conrad Mas(photo) launched AVID. With global distribution and an extensive UK dealer network, AVID is now recognised as one of the premier turntable manufacturers in the world. Based in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, AVID's products are designed and manufactured within its own world class facilities. In addition to producing their own components, AVID's design and engineering expertise has been sought out by other premier companies within audio, automotive, medical and military industries.


 

Our uncompromising approach extends to every aspect of our business, from precision CNC machines in temperature controlled conditions to our hand made motors and power supplies, all parts having to pass rigorous inspection before being assembled and tested. Limits are so tight that all parts are interchangeable with other units, unlike other companies that have to match parts; AVID's consistency produces perfection. Meticulous attention to finish ensures our products, achieve performance and reliability of the highest possible degree. Simply put, we make them as if they were for ourselves.

The introduction of the Volvere saw the first of our new designs, making our technology available to more people. Directly derived from Acutus and exploiting most of its unique features, it was followed later by the Sequel, an upgradeable Volvere. Preceding this was our Isoschelf, designed specifically to decouple sensitive equipment such as valve electronics and CD transports
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When we launched our new entry-level turntable 'DIVA' there was immediate praise and recognition, with 'Product of the Year' and other stunning reviews. Followed by our new interconnect and speaker cables and Support Platforms we have not stood still.

In 2004 we parted with our sister engineering company to become totally independent, with our own machining facility now in house we are better positioned to supply our growing market share and also the other non-audio industries we service.

During 2006 we improved our Volvere and Sequel designs, improved the Acutus suspension and power supply. The introduction of the new Reference Power Supply for the Acutus, dramatically raises the performance of this already superlative product.

2008 saw the launch our replacement Diva turntable and next year a new super performance turntable, currently unnamed, but expected to set new standards in sonic performance will firmly put AVID on the map for pushing the vinyl reproduction envelope further than thought possible. Investing in AVID gives you leading edge technology, performance and reliability from a company with a solid background.


 

PRODUCTS :

 

ACUTUS REFERENCE  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reference Acutus Design

 

 ACUTUS REF PSU

 

 

BACKGROUND

Not a company to make changes for the sake of change, the Acutus turntable remained unchanged in production for over 10years, offering one of the pinnacles of vinyl reproduction. Mechanically the main turntable remains unchanged, except for the recent improvements to the suspension, allowing adjustment from above making initial and subsequent set up quicker and easier.

The standard Acutus power supply is effectively an analogue two channel integrated amplifier, each channel supplying a fixed frequency output to each phase of the synchronous motor used. AVID uses high torque synchronous motors across it's entire range and the Acutus is no exception, using a motor more than 10 times the power of conventional turntable motors, whether AC or DC types.

This extra power means the motor drive is in control of the platter and not hoping its inertia gives stability. The sophisticated standard power supply absolutely controls the motor which in turn controls the platter, one reason AVID's have rock solid sonic presentations.

With a desire to improve the already world class sonic abilities of the Acutus we looked to the controlling force of the turntable to push further the engineering envelope that is analogue replay.


 

DESIGN

Three years in development, the new Acutus Reference Power Supply has elevated the performance of the Acutus to superlative levels, even leaving experienced listeners of the Acutus in disbelief.

Like an audio amplifier, the standard Acutus psu has pre-power amplifier and input power sections. The main development in the new Reference supply has been the input power section, by increasing the standard 80va transformer to a massive custom made 1000va. The inclusion of a regulated power stage and a specially designed electrical reservoir of 190,000mF, employing custom designed capacitors and hand wound braded cables added to this engineering exercise.

During development we soon realised other electronics had to be included to make it possible to use in a domestic environment. It took a year to develop circuitry to stagger the 45amps of in-rush current during initial switch on without being detrimental to performance.

Built into a chassis of 3mm thick steel for structural rigidity it has become an electrical powerhouse of unprecedented levels.
The effect, a much more stable power source with reduced electrical impedance for the motor drive.

Everything has improved, bass and treble extension, lower noise floor, detail and control. Soundstageing, dynamics and shear realism.

Is there still more improvement to be realised.....only time will tell.


Specifications


 

Description

: Analogue two channel motor controller

Speeds

: 33.3 and 45.0 RPM

Net Weight

: 20.1 Kg (45 Lbs)

Dimensions

: 415 x 350 x 140mm (WxDxH)

Voltage input

: 100-240vac 50/60Hz 300 watts max.

Mains transformer

: 1000 VA

Electrical reservoir

: 190,000mF

Power supply

: Regulated

Packaging

: 710 x 490 x 270mm

Shipping weight

: 25.0 Kg (55 Lbs)

 

 

 

 

 

The Avid Acutus was a superb sounding turntable by any standard-among the handful of best turntables I've heard..."
-Michael Fremer, Stereophile

 

 

 

ACUTUS SP  GOLD

 

 


"Buy an Acutus and you've got a whole new record collection to listen to-guaranteed. You'll discover new things on discs you thought you knew backwards."
-Jimmy Hughes, HiFi+

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Anniversary celebrates 10 years since our first official product review and as it suggests is strictly a limited edition model, of which only ten units will be manufactured, each one numbered accordingly.

Building upon the Reference, the platter is 6mm thicker and the main bearing longer incorporating the new improved bushing. Twin belt drive is used via an improved motor coupled directly to the 22mm solid aluminium top plate. The subchassis arm mounting has been strengthened and the suspension frequency lowered still further.

The suspension housings are rigidly fixed to the top plate, which sits on the integral designed framework and shelves incorporating the split power supplies. The improved Reference SP power supply is split into two separate sections, keeping the DSP electronics and output module away from the large 1KVA mains transformer and associated electronics.

Each power supply is fixed to its 16mm solid aluminium shelf and the top shelf is suitable for our Pulsare phonostage or alternative.

The twelve polished chrome plated segments that make up the supporting framework, each weighing 7kg adds stability to the whole structure and reduces low frequency vibration entering the top plate. Each segment is manufactured from solid steel and solid stainless steel feet can be adjusted for levelling with the tool supplied.

Sound quality is sublime, open, dynamic, vivid, lifelike in presentation, yet delicate and revealing with background and surface noise pushed further into the background than ever before.

Anniversary is to experience the full power of vinyl at its best.

ACUTUS SP

 

 

 

The engineering and design behind this table has set new standards in music reproduction. AVID's design philosophy begins with the most critical component in the signal chain, the stylus riding the groove of the record.

The Acutus uses a bonded polymer mat attached to a massive 22 lb. platter to combat the energy created by the stylus tracing the record grooves and providing a stable environment for information retrieval. After all, if you can't get the information out of the grooves at the stylus tip, precious resolution is lost. The Acutus recovers an unprecedented amount of information delivering fast, undeniable pin-point accuracy. All unwanted energy is transferred to the inverted bearing, made from a sapphire jewel cup containing a tungsten carbide ball. The inverted bearing is attached to a sub-chassis consisting of a single piece of complex aluminum casting in a three-fold design ensuring massive strength and rigidity. This provides a direct link between the arm mounting and the bearing. AVID principle provides for all energy from the platter and tone arm to be completely drained into the suspension, translating into ultra-quiet, deep black backgrounds. The sub-chassis rests on a frequency adjustable, active suspension consisting of three specially designed extension springs adjustable with a reverse "cork-screw" device; insuring a low center of gravity, stability, and equal suspension regardless of load. The vertical springs are horizontally aligned with lateral damping rings preventing any rocking motion; this allows vertical motion and guarantees the drive belt is always the same distance from the motor, assuring rock-solid speed stability. This amazing engineering feat is wrapped up with a powerful A/C motor (10 times more torque than conventional units), completely rebuilt to reduce vibration and noise, a split-phase quartz-locked power supply, a round drive belt without retaining grooves on the platter, truly "driving" the platter with consistent pitch stability even if the 'table is oscillating. That's engineering! The Acutus is not only an engineering marvel with a sonic presentation unlike any other,

it is also a jaw-dropping beauty.

 

Acutus Design Philosophy

 

The uncompromising approach to design, from concept and choice of materials to finish and execution has produced a turntable that sets new standards in vinyl replay. Rather than looking at existing designs for inspiration, to embellish or re-engineer we started from a clean sheet, not only going back to first principles but using an "outsight" principle of design for each component. A jigsaw of parts, each essential to form the final pictorial transparency that is the music you hear, and not the equipment you play.



The purpose of the turntable is to support a pick-up arm and cartridge, spin a record at a constant speed, isolating the stylus interface from unwanted energy originating from the stylus itself, drive motor and outside world, which causes loss of information and distortion. For explanation, turntables can be divided into three major elements; 1.platter/arm/subchassis loop, which must be a rigid system, transmitting any vibration near the stylus to the subchassis; 2.main chassis/suspension which isolates it from the outside world. 3.The motor which supplies the power to rotate, free from vibration and instability.

The stylus, as it traces the groove will make the record vibrate and uncontrolled will cause loss of information and distortion. Current remedies include acrylic platters or various mats. Acrylic platters, whilst offering impedance matching, have the same frequency characteristics as records, hence will be excited by the resonating LP becoming one large vibrating mass. The stylus reads this vibration, producing a sonic signature common to all acrylic-based turntables. Mats in contrast allow the record to vibrate locally or at selected nodal points. This produces instability as the stylus traces the groove leading to loss of information and distortion. 

Rejecting compromise, research into polymer engineering and clamping evolved our unique "energy transmission" system. The aim; record stability, freedom of vibration at the stylus.

Using our bonded polymer surface for the mat, which is designed to reflect angular energy and decelerate vertical energy, the record is clamped uniquely, directly to the main bearing, which is raised at the centre. The act of clamping makes the record more rigid, aiding its energy transmission properties. Flattening the record to the polymer surface provides a stable groove to be traced.



The result; a record free of resonant feedback allowing more information retrieval, lower noise floor, focused sound and pin-point soundstaging.

 The energy created by the stylus enters the main bearing, designed to pass energy to the subchassis one-way, much like an electrical diode. As the energy produced is equal and opposite, vibration enters the pick-up arm and is ideally transmitted to the subchassis mounting. The bearing is inverted for several reasons; crucially the point of contact is only 4mm from the record aiding rapid energy transfer. A high centre of gravity to give stability and reduced noise. The point contact, made from a sapphire cup jewel and tungsten carbide ball rotates concentrically. Commonly used bearings running on flat plates allow lateral platter movement causing loss of information. The supporting shaft is 16mm diameter through hardened stainless steel, tapered to the top. This prevents standing waves and creates the diode effect, friction fitted to the subchassis increasing rigidity.


One piece complex aluminium casting forms the subchassis. Most designs emphasise rigidity and damping, a contradiction as the more rigid an object the less it will damp. Take a flat sheet of paper, not very rigid until its folded, strength increasing more than 10 times. Any movement of the pick-up arm relative to the platter results in lost information, hence the link between arm mounting and bearing has to be the most rigid. For this reason no arm boards are used, the mounting integral with the casting. Three folds in the casting provide massive strength in this crucial area.



Assuming that infinite rigidity is impossible this design puts strength were its required and uses weakness to dissipate energy rapidly. The next in importance, the suspension points, are located on the end of shallow folds, with no strength being added to the flat panels between. These flat sections are less rigid and dissipate energy rapidly without loss of information. The irregular grain size and pattern of the material dissipates energy more effectively than extruded or rolled material and the paint finish applied has been developed to assist energy release by controlling material skin tension. Again, with no parallel edges, standing waves are eliminated. The platter/arm/ bearing loop is complete. Also free standing of the suspension enables easy, accurate cartridge alignment. This "loop" must now be isolated from external disturbance, a major cause of distortion, especially in the frequency extremes.


Isolation of the "loop" is essential, otherwise structural energy reaches the stylus leading to distortion. Traditional isolation techniques include springs, airbags, rubber, spikes or nothing, relying on sheer mass. None to our knowledge work, confirmed by putting the turntable on different structures. If the sound changes, the loop is not isolated and loss of information and distortion occurs. Rubber, spikes or mass loading act as filters, usually just shifting the problem to get a sonic change. Springs however are isolators above a certain frequency, therefore the lower the frequency the greater the isolation. Existing designs use three or more spring points to suspend the loop, but all suffer the problem of instability and erratic, uncontrolled movement caused by differential spring loadings, a result of uneven mass distribution of the loop. Uncontrolled suspension also causes most of the problems associated with speed instability in belt drive designs when the distance between platter and pulley changes. There is a tendency for the subchassis to try and rotate around the bearing causing both wow and distortion.

Again rejecting compromise to develop our unique frequency adjustable suspension. Using three extension springs giving low centres of gravity and stability, each spring is equally adjusted regardless of load. When the "loop" is level to the supporting base all springs react equally giving perfect stable vertical movement. High platter mass allows a low 2Hz suspension setting within compact dimensions. Especially designed spring termination prevents subchassis rotation. Achieving perfect vertical isolation however highlights other problems. Rocking modes as the "loop" tries to topple over, pulling of the drive belt and external movement. Lateral damping rings in line with the drive belt and stiffer than the vertical provides a perfect solution. Rocking modes are rapidly damped and energy transferred to vertical motion, also damped by the rings lateral tension. Being parallel to the drive belt stops rocking and allows maximum delivery of motor torque.


Traditionally motors driving turntables have been low powered AC synchronous devices driving high mass platters. More recently DC and multiple motors have been used, trying to achieve speed stability through rotational inertia of the platter. Motor noise transmitted to the "loop" and cogging, all problems to be solved. During playback the platter is subject to varying stylus drag which, despite the flywheel effect puts load on a weak motor, loosing synchronicity, massively increasing vibration.

Contradicting current trends an extremely powerful singular AC synchronous motor is used to drive the 10Kg platter. In contrast to other designs, the motor controls platter speed. The motor output of 130mN-ten times the power of conventional units-is completely rebuilt to reduce vibration and noise to exceptionally low levels.

Powered by a state-of-the-art, split-phase quartz-locked purposed designed power supply keeps motor speed precisely constant. Using a round section belt without retaining groove ensures no speed variation, even with the suspension oscillating. The high mass of the platter in conjunction with belt compliance eliminates any cogging present.



With all our designs we look for improvements were it's possible. The lack of changes over the years, especially in comparison to other designs, clearly shows we spend the time to do it right first time. Time well spent here offers you time well spent listening.

VOLVERE SEQUEL SP  

 

 

 Sequel S2 , a logical development on the Volvere, pushed its already class leading performance into another league.

Incorporating the power supply and motor from the Acutus the improvement in sound quality is instantly noticeable.
Improved dynamics, imaging and information retrieval brings you closer than ever to the performance of the Acutus. Extended frequency extremes, especially in the lower registers again make this a class-leading product
 

 

AWARDS -   it's that time of year, when products exceptional performance is recognised and this year the Sequel wins 'turntable of the year' from HIFI World magazine...

 

 

Sequel Reviews

December 2008, HiFi World Awards - Turntable Winner (UK)

This year has seen a good number of excellent turntables tested in the pages of Hi-Fi World, so much so that this category proved the most hotly contended of them all. However, one particular machine stuck out in our collective minds for its superb all round ability allied to its unassuming looks and small footprint.

Whereas £5,000 will buy you vast sculptural monoliths in Perspex, gold or chromium if you so wish, Avid's Volvere Sequel is an altogether more unassuming proposition-but no less effective. Indeed, it is more.

We've often asked ourselves, 'if you were going to do a turntable from first principles, how would you do it?' Well the Avid is pretty much best practice made visible; there's very little conceptually wrong with it, which sets it apart from so many other rivals...

The result is a turntable that doesn't sound like a turntable; it is highly neutral, neither euphonic like many rival high end decks nor dysphonic like expensive digital devices, and simply draws your attention to what is in the groove.

Interestingly, many analogue addicts actually admit the Avid is brilliant but don't like the sound, describing it is as to stark, too dynamic, too clear. But to criticise it for these reasons is to object to its proximity to live music, which possesses the same characteristics. It certainly isn't a machine to provide background music - being a seat-of-the-pants listening experience - but if you're satisfied that this is what you want then there's nothing at the price to touch it.

Beautifully made, functionally superb but not terribly sexy to look at, the Avid Volvere Sequel does exactly what a high end turntable should do - which is bring you closer to your record collection.

 

 

 

VOLVERE SP    

 

 

VOLVERE  black finish  

 

Recently the Volvere has been revised into the Series 4. Improvements over previous versions include improved vertical suspension with integrated lateral isolation bands, full stainless steel bearing like Acutus, thicker platter, some 40% heavier and cosmetic improvements to the feet and clamp.
The Volvere turntable uses many of the unique design elements of the much-acclaimed Acutus turntable at an affordable price.

In brief this is a belt drive, sprung subchassis design. Built to the same engineering standard as the Acutus turntable and incorporating a similar clamping, bearing and suspension design.

Vibration caused by the stylus during playback is transmitted to the subchassis directly through the main bearing and not absorbed into the platter. This is achived using a unique matting material and clamping system. External vibrations are isolatedby the unique AVID suspension system.

A purpose designed electronic on board power supply coupled to a high torque motor, drives a heavy 5Kg platter. 

 

 
 
 

August 2008 Adam Smith, Hi-Fi World

(UK)

...   'In many ways, the Diva II struck me as sounding like a 'mini-Volvere' and, at a quarter of the price of its bigger brother, but with far more than a quarter of the performance, it deserves a hearty recommendation!'

VERDICT;   'Stylish, superbly built turntable that turns in an emotive and highly musical performance.'
FOR;            Solid, tuneful bass-fine image depth - smooth, detailed top end - build quality, styling.
AGAINST;   Nothing at the price


 

 

HI-FI NEWS VERDICT;   While the Diva II might be Avid's cheapest turntable it nevertheless feels like it will last a lifetime. Build quality is reassuringly solid and finish is first rate. Sound quality is best described as explicit and up-beat, the combination we enjoyed with modest Jelco arm and Reson cartridge representing a really excellent value package.

 

   DIVA MKII        

Despite being AVID's entry level turntable, The Diva MKII shares the design philosophy and key elements of their more expensive designs.

Mechanical energy transmission away from the record, high torque motors and isolation is our philosophy with high standards of engineering and design.

The foundation of the Diva II is the same ultra rigid, one piece aluminium casting used for our other models. The arm and platter are mounted to this using the same sapphire bearing and clamping system as our other turntables. The vibration caused by the cartridge during replay is effectively channelled to this main chassis. Platter construction is MDF with the same mat as the Volvere and Sequel models, ensuring an impedance miss-match with the record and with the aid of the clamp reduces energy entering the platter avoiding sound colourations.

Isolating the main chassis is critical to ensure low colloration and here we have employed a triple elastomer layer system using our uniquely tailored sorbathane compound as used in our Isolating Support Platform , giving optimum mechanical isolation of the playing surface, resulting in better information retrieval and resolution.
The external power supply feeds a powerful motor to give excellent speed stability and dynamic sound.
Beautifully finish with minimalist styling, a timeless piece of engineering excellence and design within the reach of everyone.

Overall, the Diva is an excellent turntable; one that meets its design brief perfectly. It's good enough for very discerning users...It's a very well-made product that's easy to use, and involving and rewarding to listen to." Jimmy Hughes, Hi-Fi News (UK)

In order to channel any of the vibration generated by the stylus reading the LP, the Diva II's platter is made of MDF and glass. The MDF gives mass and damping to the glass, but the glass is special because it reflects any resonance generated by the stylus. Since the record is clamped to the platter with a solid stainless steel clamp, the resonance has no place to go but to travel down the spindle into the inverted bearing, released into the active suspension. The springs of the suspension support an octopus-like design holding the drive hub and the inverted bearing. The three suspension feet are machined from solid stainless steel and are the same as the Acutus, except that they are positioned upside-down and sit flat on a rack or table. Each spring has an easily adjustable frequency so perfect vertical bounce can be achieved. The sophisticated active suspension completely isolates any external or internal vibration producing clarity, pace and rhythm, as the depth of the music penetrates your listening room. The 'table will astonish you with its amazing pitch control, the result of a powerful stand-alone motor, external power supply, round drive belt, and smooth drive hub.

positive-feedback review



 DIVA MK II   SP

 

                                                                         
 
 
  
Diva II SP builds upon our already multi-awarding winning Diva II, elevating it to new levels of performance.

Continuing to share the same design philosophy and key elements of our more expensive designs, Diva II SP bridges the gap between the Diva II and Volvere models. Retaining the same ultra rigid, one-piece aluminium cast chassis used for our other models, the platter is replaced with machined aluminium and employs an improved main bearing taken from the Volvere and Sequel models.

Additionally the Diva II SP incorporates our new 'twin belt' drive system and DSP Vari-SPeed power supply.

Against the growing trend of 'easy-option' DC motor driven turntables, Avid retains the use of synchronous motors and has developed a new power supply to finely control the final speed of the platter. By using the latest DSP technology to control frequency generation, and using the synchronous motors unique speed locking abilities, speed can be adjusted precisely.

Motor noise, vibration and control is improved, with the twin belt drive controlling platter dynamics and stability under load giving a smooth, yet dynamic sound quality, improved bass and treble definition.

As with our other turntables, its beautifully finish with minimalist styling and with a sound quality that will impress.

Owners of the standard Diva II can upgrade their product to this new version
 
 

                         

WITH ONE.... OR TWO ARMS??

 


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 2012 AWARD BEST PHONO STAGE

 

 

 PULSARE II

  

                                     
Avid's Pulsare phono stage.        'The difference between simply listening to music and experiencing it.'

This was our design goal, because over the years, the many phono stages we have listened too, whilst offering excellent technical performance, lacked that something that makes the music sound and feel real. We call it 'shear power'. Its that feeling of presence, solidity and drive that separates just listening to a hifi system with the feeling of being in the presence of the performance.

Logically manufacturing turntables that already create that feeling, turntables with exceptionally low background noise and impressive isolation to prevent distortion, we wanted to create a phono stage that embodied these qualities.

For that reason our design is fully balanced throughout, keeping noise exceptionally low. Distortion across the audio spectrum is very low and with an impressive headroom, there's never a feeling of 'running out of steam'. A purpose designed separate, double regulated power supply with a large 300va transformer provides dedicated power to each channel.

Inputs and outputs are both XLR and RCA, and whilst running fully balanced internally, the output is optionally balanced or unbalanced.
Gain, resistance and capacitance are all easily adjustable from the front panel and offer exceptional flexibility.

TONE AUDIO REVIEW

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pulsus embodies the experience gained during the development of the Pulsare to design this high quality but economically priced phonostage. Many of the Pulsare's features have been retained such as the switchable flexibility and separate power supply.

Again designed from first principles, Pulsus is an un-balanced design, but still keeping noise exceptionally low. Distortion across the audio spectrum is exceptionally very low and with impressive headroom, a character common to all our electronic designs.

Pulsus employs extremely high-specification components for its retail cost. Inputs and outputs are both gold-plated RCA. Gain, resistance and capacitance are all easily adjustable from the underside of the casework and offer exceptional flexibility and ease of use.

A passive RIAA (with Neumann HF correction) circuit using high-end capacitors, helps maintain linearity of reproduction; and an external regulated power supply provides refined smooth power to maintain its poise.

 

 TONEAUDIO review

positive-feedback review

 
 
Avid's Pulsare and Pulsus phonostages have established high regard with customers and press alike.Directly related to the Pulsus the Pellar brings the possiblity of owning an Avid phonostage to a new entry level price point.Unusual at this price level, there are three gain options for MM, low and high gain MC cartridge types.

As with its bigger relation this is an un-balanced design, but still keeping noise exceptionally low, even with aintergated power supply.
Distortion across the audio spectrum is exceptionally low and with impressiveheadroom, a character common to all our electronic designs.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alignment Gauges
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Despite what some manufacturers claim, correct overhang length and alignment is critical to obtaining proper audio reproduction without distortion and avoiding unnecessary record and stylus wear. This is a precision task and cannot be done by eye or guess work alone.

While designing our own arms, Avid developed a computer program to calculate optimum alignment, taking into account the arms correct geometry. Every radial tracking arm with differing geometry will have different null points (were distortion is zero) and whilst our universal alignment gauge will be very accurate, the arm specific alignment gauges are 100% precise to the arm involved.
Currently we have specific gauges for SME, Rega and Linn arms.

The mirrored surface makes all measurements easier and more accurate. The mirror's parallax effect allows the elimination of sighting errors, and provides better lighting, critical in making fine adjustments on small parts. The two null points on the specific alignment tools are surrounded by parallel lines, making cartridge body alignment, both front and rear very precise and the long 'tail' alignment line is extended so that the stylus itself can be checked and aligned in case of cartridge manufacturing errors.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LEVEL 45  
 
 
This has to be the best level we have used. Suitable to setup any turntable. This 2 part level is also supplied with an optional 45 rpm adaptor and spindle hole for accurate levelling. The total weight is 180 grams so it will not alter the suspension on suspended sub-chassis designs 
 
 
 
FULL COVER
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To fit Acutus, Diva, Volvere and Volvere Sequel. Will also fit most other turntables.
  
 
FLAT COVER
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Platform 

 

 
 
 
 
 
The platform was designed to support the original Diva. Retailers asked for a turntable support so it could be easily moved.

Not content with a simple support, we designed an inexpensive Isolation Platform that would benefit turntables and other equipment.

Working with the manufactures of a rubber material called Sorbothane for some 15 years, knowing the benefits it could bring to isolation, we involved them with a local university and developed a specific compound to offer excellent all-round performance.

Improvements to both non-suspended turntables and Compact Disc players will become quickly evident.

 
 
 
isorak
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isorak offers a high quality but economical solution for audio equipment support allowing the heights and number of shelves to be tailored to suit individual installations
either initially or subsequently.


Each shelf is manufactured from 30mm MDF with machined slots to defuse resonance within the panel and allow improved ventilation. Three legs made from 40mm solid aluminium offer stable support for each level. Termination between each shelf is a chrome steel ball,
 
 
 
 which reduces resonance interaction between levels and equipment. Pole lengths are available in five different sizes.

Additionally, shelf's can be turned over and chrome steel balls placed into correctly spaced positions to support Naim equipment using their glass shelves. Two location pins at the rear reduce the chance of glass movement.
 
 
 
 
 


Features include:-
  • 30mm shelves with resonance diffusion slots
  • Solid aluminium support poles
  • Steel bearing separation points
  • Supports Naim glass platforms
  • Incorporated cable management

Shelves are finished in satin black two-pack durable paint finish with the poles finishes in hard metallic silver.

 

 

isopuk

 

 

Isopuks are highly effective component isolators designed to reduce structure borne vibration and its deleterious effects on audio signals.

Structure borne vibration affects virtually every piece of audio equipment, but its effects are most damaging to the tiny signals read and processed by source components such as CD players and non-isolated turntables.

Vibration enters audio components via the feet & the chassis, reducing clarity, smearing detail and distorting frequency response. Eliminating this structural resonance in audio equipment results in instantaneous audible improvements; increases in soundstaging, improved imaging and (most importantly) smoother more natural tonal balance.

Isopuks are manufactured using AVID's uniquely tailored Sorbothane compound inserted into a machined solid aluminium housing. The shape enhances the Isopuk's dissipation properties helps to further filter high frequency resonance. The felt base facilitates equipment movement and prevents furniture damage.

Available in two hardness levels, Isopuks offer an optimum loading range, ensuring performance geared towards the specific weight of the component. Mass loading should be equal on each Isopuk used; if the weight is imbalanced within the unit, additional Isopuks may be required under the heavier side to achieve proper isolation. An example of this would be under a power amplifier with a large, heavy transformer on one side; extra Isopuks should be used to help isolate this side.

A simple calculation will determine how many Isopuks are required for any piece of equipment.

Isopuk 5   optimum loading range;   0.1-2.0 Kg
Isopuk 7   
optimum loading range;   5.0-7.0 Kg

 
 
 
naim slide
 
 
 
 The legendary naim Aro pick up arm was originally designed for the Linn turntable and cartridge. Over the years however, many have found there way onto other turntables and use other cartridges. Whilst pick up arms have continued to develop over the years the Aro has remained faithful to its original design with its positive and negative aspects in place. The Aro lacks overhang adjustment, which if incorrect will increase tracking distortion, a lack of cue device, a common facility on modern arms and no fixed arm rest.

Avid's 'naim slide' addresses these issues, allowing the Aro arm to correctly accommodate any cartridge whilst fitted to one of our turntables. Overhang can be accurately set using our dedicated alignment protractor by simply sliding the arm base in relation to the record centre. The cue mechanism allows the valuable cartridge to be lowered safely and the fixed armrest gives greater security whilst not in use.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 Manufactured within our factory in Huntingdon, these cables mark the start of our commitment to a total audio system solution

Whilst we strongly believe its possible to manufacture the 'best' front end, equipment such as cables, which form part of the chain, can only achieve the best for any given system if matched correctly. Electrical and sonic matching comes into play, especially if the equipment chosen has a strong sonic signature of its own. So cables, as with other equipment should be listened too within the context of an individual system.

With our cables we have gone further than just choosing the latest trendy conductor. We have fully explored cable interaction with equipment and the effect of outside influences such as RFI rejection. For example, our interconnect conductor does not use silver or copper, and we have explored screening and energy flow to produced a cable of outstanding quality to be compared with the best at any price. PRESS
 
 

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