Audio Note believes that the reproduction of music is most competently
replayed by analogue source components.
Against the background of technological advancements in the world of computers and digital technology, many audio manufacturers have applied this type of technology to their products. In most cases this thinking is misguided and fundamentally flawed.
Music by its very nature is an analogue signal borne from mechanical vibration, whether it be the skin of a Drum or the bow and string of a Violin, all sounds come from vibration.
Locked deep in the grooves of a vinyl record lies an immense amount of musical information. Indeed quite how much is still unknown for sure, but while our competitors have been "barking up the wrong tree" in a digital sense, Audio Note have concentrated great energy, time and resources in developing a superb range of analogue products capable of reproducing this information.
A turntable appears to be a rather simple device. A platter must spin at 33.3rpm (and maybe 45 and 78 rpm) quietly and consistently. In reality, this is an incredibly difficult feat.
Record grooves hold an enormous amount of information, and our hearing will pick up unbelievably tiny changes and errors in speed. Although the mechanism of a minuscule diamond stylus tracking modulations in a record groove looks easy, as the music becomes more complex and louder, the grooves in the record present a much rougher road, and the stylus puts more drag on the rotating platter.
This will slow the record down. The result is blunted transients, dynamics suffers, and music no longer has the proper flow and ease. This type of distortion in the domain of timing with record players is virtually impossible to measure, and thus easy for the audio industry to ignore. It is very easy to hear, though.
Hence Audio Note uses extremely powerful AC motors -without feedback loop control-, and in the TT2 and TT3 versions even two or three of them. This design of a belt driven by multiple motor is such that slippage is eliminated, enabling the benefits of idler driven turntable (like the famous Garrard's) and suspended designs (like the famous Linn's) to be combined. Even the modest looking TT1 therefore easily surpasses the peformance of classics like the Garrard 301 or Linn Sondek LP12.
The TT One and Two can optionally be supplied with an external power supply which regenerates the incoming AC to perfectly drive the AC motors. The TT 3 Reference uses a dedicated power supply per extremely powerful PAPST motor, which are especially supplied for Audio Note. This setup generates a massive amount of torque on the suspended platter, providing the inertia found in high-mass tables having a platter of many hundreds of kilo's.
This all while maintaining the benefits of a fully suspended and idler driven designs. Audio Note analogue is therefore unique and unsurpassed.
The TT-Three comes in three versions. Each with a different PSU to drive the motors. Each upgrade in PSU will improve staging, dynamics and realism. PSU's can be exchanged so that you can upgrade your turntable at any moment without disinvestment.
In level 4 we offer TT-3 0.5 Reference and the TT-3 Reference is our statement level 5 product. When compared to the TT Three, the 0.5 Reference has a greatly improved platter and bearing designs.
TThe 'Full Reference' uses extremely large and high torque motors, larger main bearing, improved suspension system and most importantly an extremely precise power supply arrangement consisting of a separate power supply for each motor (three separate full size chassis) and a 'head unit' controller which locks and controls the three motors. Each motor and PSU are matched to each other, and then the head unit controls and locks them together.