The German company Acoustic Signature has completely renewed its lineup with nine turntables. Some of them are updated versions of previously released models that received the “Neo” index, while others are completely new developments.
The main distinguishing feature of all new models – from the most budgetary Maximus Neo to the flagship Invictus Neo – is the bearing. Called Duraturn Diamond Bearing, the design is designed to minimize friction when compared to previous Tidorfolon bearing designs. For this, the volume of the inner cup was increased, which made it possible to use more oil and minimize the contact area with the spindle.
Moreover: the glass itself is made of sintered steel – a material that somewhat resembles a sponge in properties, only in the bearing structure it absorbs not water, but oil. By increasing the hole size by three times, it was also possible to reduce the contact area of the spindle – and at the same time to reduce the noise level. The spindle itself is also a new design: it is made of stainless steel, hardened in a vacuum and then coated with diamond.
Another innovation is the innovative AVC system, Active Vibration Control, which automatically adjusts the tolerances of the motors to a minimum value, thus reducing the amount of vibration. Acoustic Signature says these technologies deliver precision, reliability and low noise levels from the turntables.
The most budgetary turntable in the updated lineup is the Maximus Neo – it has got a thicker table made of a new alloy that more effectively dampens resonances. New models include Tornado, Hurricane and Typhoon devices. Basically, these players have received a sub-disc design and tables of complex shapes, differing in thickness.
The number of engines used in the system also differs: one for the Tornado, two for the Hurricane and three for the Typhoon. In the discs, vibration protection is provided by dampers: 4, 8 and 24 pieces, respectively. At the same time, all three new items are prepared to work with three tonearms simultaneously.
The company introduced Neo versions of the Double X, Monatana, Ascona and Invictus Junior models, and the Invictus Neo became the top model in the series. It already has six motors, a sandwich disc with a layer of brass sandwiched between two aluminum plates, 24 internal dampers and 32 external, 3D printed double vibration-proof magnetic feet, and four custom-installed tonearm pads.
The company also updated the tonearms, presenting six models with new bearings – steel instead of brass. As stated in the description, this material provides smoother movement of the arm.
The cost of the players starts at 3,600 euro for the Maximus Neo and ends at 155,000 euro for the Invictus Neo. The smaller arm, the TA-500 Neo, will cost 1,800 euro, and the older TA-5000 Neo, 24,000 euro.