Economical high end performance
"Sounds more human, more (dare I say it) analogue, and more (gulp) musical....represents excellent value for money and comes highly recommended.......offers a relaxing, expansive and musical sound hitherto unavailable at its modest price point" - HiFi World, Aug 2011
The Onyx tonearm is a big step up from the Alliance. Surprisingly the performance is also a big step up from most arms on the market. This bold claim is made on the premise that the Onyx outperforms the Origin Live Silver MK1 tonearm which was reviewed as the "best arm ever heard" by a number of reviewers including a highly experienced editor. It still outperforms many arms in the £3000 ($4600USD) region.
In summary the Onyx offers high end performance in a well built, highly attractive and economic package. This is only possible due to expertise gained from years at the forefront of high performance tonearm design. This experience has been refined to bring superb performance at extreme value for money.
Many people wonder how much to invest in a tonearm. The answer to choosing the right arm for your needs is directly related to the importance of a tonearm in system hierarchy. To understand how a better tonearm will dramatically improve your system performance please see our “Why your Tonearm really matters” page. This also reveals the story behind our cutting edge performance and introduces many aspects that apply to all our arms, saving repetition that would otherwise occur on every tonearm page.
• High grade aircraft alloy, single piece armtube.
• Well specified and highly robust bearings. These bearings are housed in an advanced yoke which includes highly developed decoupling techniques.
• High grade Internal Litz wire and standard external cable with RCA plugs to fit into your amplification.
• Integral VTA adjustment.
• Fits ALL Rega armboard cut outs whether old style threaded base or new 3 point mounting.
- Kilian Bakker, review conclusion printed in a Dutch Hi-Fi Magazine full review