"The best tonearm I've heard to date ...brilliantly detailed yet utterly musical, this arm is set to join the ranks of the all-time greats. Wholeheartedly recommended"
- David Price- HiFi World full review
Ground-breaking design is behind the astonishing performance of the Illustrious arm. This award winning arm has been highly acclaimed as a true performance leader. in fact most arms don't even come close. The outstanding dynamics, bass power and transparency that this arm produce are a revelation.
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 much, a better tonearm will dramatically improve your system performance please see our “analysis of leading arms” 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.
Hybrid arm tube composed of 5 materials has better energy dissapating qualities and higher rigidity than the Encounter tube, yielding increased transparency, dynamics and bass performance
Ultra low friction dual pivot bearings yield vastly increased clarity and sweet, precise treble free from smearing. Dual pivot explained
Floating vertical bearings decouple the armtube from the deck and prevent it adding colour to the sound.
High mass Yoke results in more solid performance in most aspects of the music but particularly the bass.
High strength aircraft alloy headshell for increased dynamics.
Copper conductor plugs are among of the highest quality available to provide a precise, tight electrical connection that eliminates signal degradation.
"Combining the sonic virtues of both unipivot and gimbaled bearings in a fuss-free package, it should work exceedingly well with a wide variety of cartridges and turntables. It is certainly the best all-around tonearm I've ever had in my own system. Highly recommended!"
-Bruce Kinch Read Full Review
"The sound is very dynamic and always effortless, with the silent background the performers seem to appear out of nowhere. This is what analog is all about! The bass isn't overdone as some other tables are (i.e. VPI), but everything is very well balanced in tonality. Very natural while always rich and engaging." "Combining the sonic virtues of both unipivot and gimbaled bearings in a fuss-free package, it should work exceedingly well with a wide variety of cartridges and turntables. It is certainly the best all-around tonearm I've ever had in my own system. Highly recommended!"
-Bill, Owners Comments Read Full Review