Technics Sp10Mk3 NGS Ferrari Corsa Red Micro Suede
the flagship Technics Sp10Mk3 NGS by Artisan Fidelity, this model
represents a no holds barred direct drive platform utilizing the
fundamental drive architecture of the legendary professional studio
system originally conceived and developed by Technics Matsushita Japan
in the early nineteen eighties. This final design effort was in essence
the companies crown jewel professional studio direct drive model and
represented the culmination of engineering knowledge gathered through
many years of Sp10 manufacturing and evolution. The daunting task
required for a company to develop, test and produce a direct drive
possessing a similar level of comprehensive engineering in today's
marketplace would be in a word, stratospheric and cost prohibitive.
Fortunately, through extended listening trials in conjunction with
modern engineering techniques, our talented design team was able to
further cultivate and subsequently engineer a state of the art
turntable model using this legendary and highly sought after direct
drive motor system solely as a blueprint. The evolution of Artisan
Fidelity's continuing and ongoing designs using optimized conventional
and direct coupled based turntable models based on the Technics Sp10Mk3
drive platform over past years has lead us to this final NGS iteration, a
no expenses spared flagship design, engineered and crafted from the
ground up with absolutely zero compromise. Indeed, the playback
capabilities of the Technics Sp10 Mk3 NGS platform easily exceed and
surpass both conventional plinth type designs and direct coupled
designs. Beginning at the top, the original heavy rubber platter mat
has been replaced with a bespoke high purity Copper platter mat
precision cnc milled to fit the stock main platter like a glove. Moving
downward, the bearing cavities worn factory thrust pad has been
replaced with a highly superior ultra low coefficient of friction (ASTM
measured below 0.030, Lubricated) advanced copolymer, possessing lower
noise floor and superior wear resistance over the stock graphite
composite factory thrust pad. The NGS model's playback characteristics
include a drastically lower noise floor, superior channel separation,
enhanced clarity and focus / image specificity along with unrivaled
transparency. While listening, clients quickly point out the energy,
life, timbre and breath typically only heard by first generation 1/4"
and 1/2" 15 ips open reel tape recordings which they are now
experiencing for the first time during LP playback on their Technics
Sp10Mk3 NGS models. The experience is transformative and literally like
nothing we have heard thus far with any direct drive based front end.
Residing within the plinth cavity is a Technics Sp10Mk3 motor mounted
using a proprietary austenitic steel precision motor coupling system,
which ensures intimate physical contact to the massive multilayer
composite foundation and core. The fundamental plinth's architecture
and infrastructure entails proprietary modeling techniques which were
developed using both in room listening tests and material resonance
contour software analysis. The core infrastructure consists of a mass
loaded composite foundation consisting of layered German Panzerholz and
synthetic Copolymers pressure sealed and mechanically coupled into an
exoskeleton hull comprised of aged, heat treated aircraft grade aluminum
alloy. What this unique plinth design architecture achieves is a dead
silent, stable, inert base which exhibits no unusual or erratic in room
resonance characteristics during playback which directly contributes to
its transparent, lively and musical demeanor. Aiding to further reduce
any residual DC motor vibration we have employed a proprietary Quiet
Core active bearing drain module featuring integrated Stillpoints
isolation technology. Stillpoints Ultra 5 isolation devices are
included as standard equipment, which during listening tests proved
superior to purely passive component footers. To operate the Technics
Sp10Mk3 NGS, the user may opt for speed selection and Start/Stop
functionality through the outboard aluminum interface module connected
by a shielded umbilical cable or directly at the primary power supply
chassis controller selector buttons. (*Please note: If providing donor
Technics Sp10Mk3 unit, a credit of $10,000 will be applied towards model
price as listed and shown above.)
Technics Sp10Mk3 NGS Production Videos -
Service Details: Phase tracking timing bench test, Frequency and
reference oscillator motor level calibration, Master Clock Crystal and
auxiliary main board inspection, Power supply voltage and rails adjusted
and scope checked, Removal of factory mechanical brake mechanism,
Bearing cavity flush, scope inspection and cleanse, Bearing shaft micro
polished and re lubricated using low viscosity hydrodynamic bearing oil
prior to reinsertion, worn factory thrust pad replaced with advanced
military grade copolymer with ultra low coefficient of friction, unit
seated in and tested for minimum 50 hours.
Technics Sp10 Mk3 base motor Information (Data provided by Vintage Knob Database):
the time the SP-10MK3 was withdrawn, Yamaha, Sony, Kenwood or Pioneer
all had since long abandoned that segment of the still financially valid
In comparison to its predecessor, the
SP10Mk2, the drive itself sees its weight doubled from 9,5kg to 18kg.
More precisely : the platter of the SP10 MK3 weighs as much as the
entire MK2 drive. The SP-10MK3 is mechanically based on Technics'
SP-02M cutting lathe.
Starting torque of this new ultra-low speed
brushless DC motor allows a 16kg/cm spec - twice as much as that of the
1975 SP-10MK2 and... sixteen times as much as the original 1969 SP-10 !
This means a full speed ahead in 30° of a full rotation or 0,25s.
inertia moment of the 10kg platter is of 1,1 ton/cm2... The platter has
a 1,5cm copper alloy core (inner platter), supported by a diecast
aluminium outer platter.
1,1 ton/cm2 is, btw, the equivalent of 1000 tonearms all tracking at 2g.
power supply houses a very beefy and resin cast transformer (inside)
and the speed and start/stop controls plus the ± 9,9% pitch control in
0,1% steps (outside). The boosted signal-to-noise ratio reaches 92db.
The EIAJ changed its DIN B measurement method in 1981 to "better measure what the ear hears".
This had the effect of raising signal-to-noise ratio by about 20dB, whatever was measured."
Motor: brushless DC motor, electronic rectification, quartz-controlled phase-locked servo circuit
Plater: 320mm, 10kg copper/aluminium
Speeds: 33, 45 and 78rpm
Pitch control: 20%
Starting torque: 16kg-cm
Build up time: 0.25s to 33rpm
Braking time: 0.3s from 33rpm
Speed fluctuation by load changes: 0% within 10kg-cm
Wow and flutter: 0.015% WRMS (JIS C5521)
Rumble: -92dB (IEC 98A weighted)
Dimensions: 369 x 113 x 369mm
Weight: 18kg net
Technics SP10Mk3 NGS by Artisan Fidelity
Overview / Specifications:
Primary Motor Drive - Technics SP10Mk3 Brushless DC Motor
External Logic Controller - Technics SP10Mk3 Factory unit / serviced / 2 year warranty
Interface Module - On/Off and 33/45/78rpm selector switch and Ground post
Heat treated / aged Aircraft Aluminum Exoskeleton plinth design,
constrained layer damped Panzerholz and advanced Copolymer composite
Bearing Drain - Active type using integrated Stillpoints technology
Finish - Black Micro Suede (Colors optional)
Dimensions - 628 x 528 x 153 mm
Instrument Weight - 105 kgs. / 232 lbs.
Platter Mat - High Purity Copper based alloy precision CNC milled (Replaces factory Technics stock rubber mat)
- German Panzerholz, Stainless Steel and Marine Brass optional,
accomodates - (2/ea.) 9"-12" effective length tonearms including
tangential and fixed bearing types.
Please note: Each Technics
Sp10Mk3 NGS model is individually fabricated to order, please contact
us directly for production lead times, donor motors are available and in
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