The Avid Acutus Reference SP Turntable is a rare jewel of precision engineering.
The product that launched the AVID brand, over a decade ago, onto the world hi-fi scene was the critically acclaimed Acutus turntable. For the many experts and enthusiasts who have subsequently lived with this turntable, it was the start of a journey to reconnect with their music collection. Time, however, marches onward and a decade is a long time in the life of an engineering company. It was decided to lift the bar higher still – to apply the accumulated knowledge of a decade of development and lessons learned.
The resulting turntable is now available…the Acutus Reference. The Reference provides not just a subjective but an immediately obvious lowering of the noise floor; extension of both bass and treble responses and a significant dynamic improvement. The sense of realism needs to be experienced to be appreciated – something which we are happy to arrange for you with our exclusive worldwide dealer network.
So enough puff. What are the actual differences between the Acutus and the Acutus Reference? The first, and perhaps the most influential is the power supply. A full 1kVA is on tap. This supply, itself developed over three years is the most stable, linear supply we’ve ever experienced. The Advanced DSP control of the motor power is finely adjustable almost completely eliminating micro-vibrations from the motor unit.
The motor suspension has been fine-tuned and a new twin belt drive system has been employed to aid grip and control. A detailed understanding of the metallurgic requirements of moving components has resulted in the refinement of the bearing system to self-lubricate and spin freely, but eliminate unwanted movement.
The Acutus Reference is a rare jewel of precision engineering. The age-old adage of ‘getting what you pay for’ is no more evident than in this superlative turntable.
Drive: Twin Belt drive
Speeds: 33.3 and 45.0 RPM
Platter mass: 10.0 Kg
Bearing: Inverted stainless steel
Thrust point: Tungsten carbide/Sapphire
3 point, springs in vertical, O-rings in lateral frequency
vertical 2.5 Hz (variable), lateral 4.5 Hz
Tonearms: Std. cut for SME (adapters to order)
Motor: Hand built 24v 140mNm ac synchronous
Power supply: DSP Vari-SPeed control unit
Voltage input: 100-240vac 50/60Hz 300 watts max. (depending on region)
Dimensions: Turntable (overall) 460 x 400 x 210mm (WxDxH)
Turntable (footprint) 410 x 360mm (WxD)
P.S.U. 415 x 350 x 140mm (WxDxH)
19.0Kg (42lb) turntable only
20.1Kg (45lb) psu only
(box1) 550 x 500 x 570mm (WxDxH)
(box2) 700 x 500 x 280mm (WxDxH)
Shipping weight: 51.0Kg (113lb)