The new "REFERENCE" turntable.
Triangle Art Reference Table is our new development Turntable. After years of research into materials, suspension, bearing/platter and motor design, we have come up with the best design and reasonable cost Turntable.
This massive table weights an impressive 250 lbs with a hefty 35lbs solid 4 thick of T6 solid aluminum platter that will control all the vibration and better resonance. We also uses non inverted aluminum ball bearing that support heavy platter but still provide smooth and quite. Sonically, what you get is a very musical Turntable yet with an explosive dynamics with the deepest black background you ever heard. With the jet-black background, you will hear all the inner details with subtle micro and macro dynamics. Bass is tight and articulate while it projects a holographic image with a light and airy soundstage.
The 35lbs Platter have an embedded with very special aluminum material - which is much bigger than all the regular platters out in the market. Our 4 thick Platter technology is implemented in a new way with great results.
The new AC Motor comes inside the 20 lbs aluminum motor housing driving the heavy platter. The inertia of this motor combined with our new designed that very quite but be able to support heavy platter. It delivers 33 and 45 rpm and much more to generate a State of the Art drive.
Reviewed by Dagogo.com
Triangle Arts Reference Turntable
By Greg Beron, United Home Audio
Manufacturer of the Golden Ear Award winning UHA-HQ Reel to Reel tape decks.
This is my first impression of the Triangle Arts Reference Turntable, more comments after some extended listening sessions and of course living with the turntable for a while.
Most reviews that you read will tell you all the technical aspects and features of the equipment and then finally how it sounds. I am going to do the opposite; Im going to give you my listening impressions then why I think the sound follows the form and function of the turntable, seems more logical. Also, I am not going to get into setup on this turntable. I figure if you are buying a $14K table you either are familiar with the idiosyncrasies of high end turntable setup or you have an experienced dealer that can drill and tap an armboard if necessary to get whatever arm you want to use on the table and dialed in.
What will make the sound?
First, its important to know the tonearm and cartridge used to interpret the sound I will describe below. For my initial listen session I have mounted the all new Graham Phantom II Supreme 10 tonearm. This is an excellent radial arm at $5,750, plus the Graham tonearm cable with dual runs of solid silver wire fitted with Eichman RCAs $850. The cartridge is a modestly priced Clearaudio Concerto V2 cartridge $2,750. Please note that my initial listening session was with a new Concerto right out of the box and of course not broken in. One may argue that a table at $14K and arm / cable at $6600 should warrant a more expensive cartridge, however I was attempting to see what a turntable, arm, and cartridge under $25K can really do. You may want to experiment with a more expensive cartridge, for my follow up review I will be using a Clearaudio Titanium V2 Cartridge at $8K, maybe a more suitable price for this rig. I am typically a cartridge quality slightly above the arm cost guy, seems to work best for the buck if you can swing the cost.
How does this rig sound?
With the first LP played, a Jacintha 45rpm of How Long Has This Been Going On, it was apparent that this rig was different. There was a layer of analog velvet on not only the instruments but on her voice that just seemed different. The only way I can describe it was that it was more toward the tonality I hear from Master Tape playback. The soundstage was wide and tall with cymbals especially noted to be suspended in a nice three dimensional sound field. The most impressive thing about the cymbals was that there was clearly movement in the sound off of them, as the drummer hit and slid the drumsticks on the cymbals you could easily hear that movement, very nice. I quickly noticed that there was so much velvet here that I should probably change the loading on the Aesthetix Rhea phono preamp I was using. I checked and the Rhea was loaded at 10K ohms, I was getting a super sound so figuring the cartridge was new, I just left it there. During the next few albums I listened to it was apparent that I mayhave never heard a new cartridge sound so damn good. Yes there were the odd confused hard rock guitar wailings on the Led Zeppelin LP one would associate with a cartridge that wasnt broken in but these were minor and fleeting. However on the new Reference Recording Stravinsky The Firebird Suite/ The Song of the Nightingale the subtle passages were fleshed out while the dynamic passages were reproduced with all the slam that you hear with a live orchestra. Certainly no confusion was demonstrated by the new Concerto at all. On Jackson Brownes Running On Empty the live sound was captured with great authority and again I did not notice any issues from a new cartridge to speak of. I can only assume that with time and break in of the cartridge this rig will improve.
There is no denying that the Concerto was clearly swinging way above its weight class in this rig. As I played various jazz, classical, and of course some rock and all was sounding just great. A highlight was The Absolute Sound recommended LP, David Crosbys If I Could Only Remember My Name. It has some great old hippie music on it and a wonderful giant soundstage. This was reproduced with amazing accuracy on the Triangle Arts table, huge dynamics and such a soundstage, quite enthralling. The dynamics on this table are absolutely first rate, earlier when I said everything had a layer of velvet I do not mean that there is any loss of detail, quite the contrary there is more detail than I could have imagined from a $14K table. I have been an analog guy setting up turntables since the late 60s and have had the luxury of attending many years of the best audio shows. I have heard almost every turntable there is, some at cost no object pricing, $50K, $75K, 100K, whatever and most of these I have actually heard many times. Some of them sound fantastic as you would expect, but friends at $14K the Triangle Arts Reference turntable is a force to be reckoned with. At this initial listening session I will go out on a limb and say that I doubt spending $50K or $70K on some (of course not all) of those turntables would really offer any better performance. Thats a big statement for a relatively unknown $14K table. Getting a turntable like the Triangle Arts Reference for only $14,000 will allow you to spend money on your system elsewhere. Be it a better arm, cartridge, or phono preamp, if the turntable is doing a fantastic job at this price add a Clearaudio Goldfinger cartridge ($12K), or a Clearaudio TT2 linear arm ($10K), I bet that would get exciting!
I have on the highest recommendation of Tom Vu of KT Audio Imports also ordered his special record clamp ($800) for the TA Reference; I dont think I am going to start doubting him at this point. So I will report on that addition for this system in my follow up review. Also I will have the new Clearaudio Titanium ($8000) on the table and broken in before my follow up. Please feel free to ask me any questions that I can assist with.
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