Reed 3P, as well as it's predecessor Reed 2P, is equipped with Fast VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle) adjustment feature. Of course, Reed's VTA can be changed using fine VTA adjustment knob on the top of the tonearm base, so one may ask -- why is that extra "Fast VTA adjustment" handle is needed? The idea behind Fast VTA adjustment is that human senses (in our case - ears) can determine peak performance only if something changes fast. If changes occur relatively slowly, they adapt to "current" situation and it's not easy to tell the difference between the starting situation and the ending one.
Probably it's time to talk about what was keeping us busy for last year; actually we were designing, building and testing our newest creation - "magnetic" tonearm prototype, called Reed Mag.
This model features magnetic antiskating technology which eliminates the possible noises brought up by the traditional mechanical antiskating. Moreover, it has possibility to change a character of antiskating force (i.e. force can be different or constant depending on the cartridge's distance from the center of the disk).
There are lots of talks in the industry on the best armtube material, whether wood is better than Aluminum, or maybe Carbon fiber is the perfect material and so on.
To find out who's right and which material is perfect for hi-fi tonearm armtube, we decided to conduct a little research.
We hope that results of our investigation will help you understand armtube material impact to the tonearm's sound and help choosing tonearm in armtube material perspective.
The main criteria for designing, producing and choosing to buy tonearm are often wiring (internal and external), connections, and effective mass and geometric dimensions of tonearm which is clearly very important. However, there are some other criteria, such as tonearm moment of inertia (It) and acoustic resonance characteristics, which are often left out while they should be considered as well.