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Crystal

General: The new Crystal combines the best of both worlds. The fantastic look of the Acrylic and the resistance and hardness of glass. Glass itself has nearly no damping and sound wise is it not the best choice. Acryl is very sensitive against dust and scratches. We use glass in a sandwich with a high dampening transparent foil between the 2 layers. The result is a high mass, highly absorbing perfectly looking material. A perfect solution for a turntable chassis.

Here we bring together one of the most sophisticated drive system/PSU arrangement with a massive, high mass 34mm platter, a sandwich glass chassis and our external stand alone drive system.

Platter A new developed 34mm 6kg solid turntable platter made of aluminium is used. The platter is made of a very soft alloy to optimize its periodic resonance, and is coated on the rear side with resonance-reducing material. Existing vibration energy is quickly reduced and the Platter is immediately steadied. As you can see, we have done everything to develop a potentially perfect product. Its surface comes with a Mirror look which we achieve by cutting it with a real diamond.

Bearing: The bearing is the heart of every turntable. Through fundamental research and development, we have invented a bearing with the ideal performance characteristics of exact fit, extremely low noise, very low friction and long term stability. Here we use our TIDORFOLON 2 Bearing. Which is a copy of the famous TIDORFOLON Bearing but modified for the less weight is has to carry. The platter bearing component is manufactured from special hardened and polished steel with a formed ball at its base. The bearing housing uses perfectly matched and ‘aged’ sinter bronze inserts which are self-lubricating; and therefore nearly maintenance free. At the base of the bearing, we use our specially developed ‘high-tech’ material TIDORFOLON.

Motor Electronic and drive: The external drive motor of the turntable is run by its own electronic controller, called the smallAlpha. Like his big brother the Alpha it converts the AC mains voltage to DC current and a precision oscillator then produces a perfect sine wave at 12VAC to run the motor, resulting in a perfectly steady and constant platter rotation. The smallAlpha is impervious to the negative effects of mains voltage fluctuations and household appliances that produce ‘noisy’ mains that can have a very great detrimental effect on AC motors and therefore the turntable performance and ultimately the sound. The smallAlpha control is the perfect design solution and but can supply one motor only.

Facts: 

• The tone arm mounting plates are exchangeable. The mounting of any desired 9 inch tone arm is possible. 

• Three adjustable feet for simple macro and micro adjustments to level the turntable. 

• The high mass platter (with its inertia) is an integral part of the turntable concept. Very low bearing friction, perfect motor drive control and large platter inertia guarantee perfect synchronization and the best sound. Highest precision manufacturing in Germany guarantees reliability of this turntable. To make sure that every Crystal is exactly the same we produce nearly every part on high precision computer controlled machines.