The philosophy of Torqueo Audio is to consider the record player a musical instrument, therefore, our principle is simple: “Harmonise material and technique” In fact, the mix of materials and architecture, combined with technical criteria, creates the desired sound result. Our aim is to gives the listener the emotional content of music, rejecting the current Hi-End trends that mortify the musicality of the sound message. It will never be the right sound if you first used to hear good live music. But it’s only few people who have this opportunity . Often you accept the convenience of digital instead of looking for the quality of the original recording. When we make a turntable, we want it sounds in an extraordinary way. This is not about an insane passion for the ‘hi-fi: it’s about getting closer to what musicians express during the recordings.
Mechanics: the design of the mechanisms is the result of a 3-year study and scrupulous tests. All the mechanical and structural parts are fruit of CAD design and realised in Bronze (Gunmetal), AISI 316 non-magnetic stainless steel, brass for musical instruments CuZn19Sn, top quality aluminium alloy (ergal), processed with CNC machines and very low tolerance laser.
The precise calibration of all the components allows obtaining very high movement precision and absolute noiselessness.
The mechanical rotation system is the heart of each turntable.
Listen to music from a vinyl record that runs on an ordinary mechanical, or listen this to adisc rotating on a strictly mechanical components made without compromise and with high precision motors, are without any doubts two different experiences.
We need an extraordinary mechanical to return to extraordinary performance of excellent musicians.
NOS Motors: all the motors are subject to accurate inspection and cleaning, with complete disassembling of each single mechanical and electric part and replacement of worn or dead parts if necessary.
New production motors: We use rotating stator oversized synchronous motors (external), therefore of very high precision and stability, additionally improved with ultra-silent bearings with polyamide cages.
The motor/condenser coupling is carried out using the stethoscope, in fact, the phase shifter capacitor must be absolutely precise, and therefore, many must be tested until the complete absence of noise and vibrations is achieved.
Plinth: maximum importance is given to the structural aspects of our plinths.
The aim is to model the resonance with the suppression of undesired vibrations without altering or mortifying the harmonic richness of analogue reproduction, getting a more organic and realistic sound.
This occurs by using various types of very hard natural (Ipè Lapacho/Ironwood) and composite wood (Finlandian Plywood) combined with metal parts and viscoelastic materials of different hardness.
Each piece is handcrafted by experienced master carpenters, using top cabinet-making techniques.
In the models with natural wood, the lute manufacturing finishing techniques are used.
Apart from the technical/musical and aesthetic aspects, our plinths are built to remain stable over the years.
Universal mounting system for arms: our system allows to get a fine adjustment of kinematics (arm-mechanical coupling). The solid anchor with anti-resonant system is made through the combined use of various metals: bronze, steel, brass, CNC, in according to Mr. Ikeda’s philosophy.
Distribution in North America is handled through Believe High Fidelity out of Austin, TX.
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