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EAT E-Flat


Turntable including The Flat carbone tonearm and record clamp



        


AT’s E-Flat is a new, forward-thinking turntable supplied with a revolutionary flat tonearm. Although flat arms have been seen in the past, none have been able to offer the rigidity necessary to deliver the stable performance expected of modern tonearms. Thanks to the continued evolution of carbon fibre, Forte has been able to create an arm with the practical and aesthetic benefits of a flat form, but without the weaknesses.  E-Flat’s mission is to bring to the music lover the highest quality performance, but in a user-friendly design. Ultra-flat, ultra-light and ultra-rigid, the E-Flat tonearm measures 10in long. A unipivot bearing supports the E-Flat, its fully (and easily) adjustable counterweight decoupled by energy- and vibration-absorbing Sorbothane. The E-Flat’s unipivot system is extremely precise and accurately balanced, thanks to components endowed with especially hard metal surfaces. Unwanted motion often attributed to lesser unipivot designs is eliminated by the high mass of unipivot housing and the added security of two metal guides.  A further valuable benefit is that its carbon-fibre arm “tube” can be changed by the user to address to specific cartridge requirements, with either lighter or heavier tubes to establish different arm/cartridge resonant frequencies. Adjustable anti-skating and a damped cueing lever are also fitted. A flat arm tube opens up a number of possibilities for the designer – and the listener. Its shape encourages the design of a flatter platter with easier, visible arm levelling, and there is no taper to accommodate. With perfect integration to the unipivot design pillar, no hollow tube to suffer the inevitable echo effects or ringing, greater stiffness, a new and superior hanging counterweight design with very high damping properties, the E-Flat tonearm’s performance is truly quiet and incredibly “fast.”  This handsome and innovative arm is fitted to a turntable that adheres to the basic principles established by the existing models in the Forte family. A belt-drive design, it features two motors, like its ‘bigger sisters’. The two motors do not run in parallel, but act like a virtual 24-pole motor. The belt encircles an inner sub-platter, which is fitted with inside bearing made out of bronze bushings. The main platter rests on an inverted bearing and a ceramic ball, with a Teflon lining on the underside of the main platter. As with the larger Forte record decks, the diameter of the platter is oversized compared to those on most competitors’ turntables. 33cm was chosen because the moving mass is twice that of a standard 30cm platter. Forte fits a vinyl mat made of recycled LP records to create a surface with properties sympathetic to the LPs it supports. The platter is filled underneath with Sorbothane to stop resonance, while Sorbothane is also used to damp the bearing housing, tonearm base and magnetic feet. In addition to the isolation provided by the magnetic feet, the bearing assembly and platter aperture are suspended. Also in common with the dearer Forte turntables, the Forte E-Flat exhibits an ideal balance between mass-loading and thoughtful subchassis design.  Listen … and enjoy!

Specifications
- Dimensions (WxHxD) 500x400x145mm 
- Turntable weight 18,7kg 
- Platter weight 6,9kg 
- Platter diameter 340mm 
- Wow and Flutter +-0,01 
- Tonearm Flat, Carbone 
- Effective length 254mm, 10 Inch 
- Mounting distance 238mm 
- Overhang 16mm 
- Effective mass 4mm 19.5g 
- Effective mass 3mm 12.5g

      

Its all about … the smaller the signal, the more that resonance behaviour plays an important role!! 

JEWELS MADE OF WOOD

RESONANCE … The Truth 
The more we talk about the mechanical/electrical transducer, the clearer it becomes that the choice of material and its resonance characteristics are audible.  The cartridge and all that comprise it are the most sensitive parts of an audio reproduction chain. Here is the transfer of the mechanical modulation into an electrical signal, and here is the signal the weakest!!! Wood has always been one of the most-used materials in audio. Yet various woods, as well as MDF, have specific structures and densities, and therefore possess their own characteristic "sound".  MDF is too heavy and too dull for many applications. Additionally, you have to treat MDF with additional surfaces to make it visually attractive and domestically acceptable.  Its composition is not always conducive to creating tiny structures, leading to a lack of precision in manufacturing.  Natural woods lend themselves to being worked into myriad shapes, with exquisite finishes. Most relevant to audio, woods can be super hard and totally inert.

YOSEGI 
“Yosegi” the traditional Japanese method of making objects with real value. A number of “micro-quadratic” pieces of various types of natural wood are glued together with special resins. It demands incredible, high-precision work abilities, the levels which are only available from the hands of long-trained, highly-skilled specialists.
 The results are “Jewels Made of Wood”!!! Yosegi techniques are expensive, but capable of yielding exceptional beauty protected by extremely high durability.  What better is use is there for this culture than applying it to the bodies of phono cartridges and cartridge headshells?  The new EAT Yosegi cartridge and headshell are transformed with Yosegi wood into the most elegant objets d’art … and sound  An audiophile dream is to possess a rare and valuable object of incomparable sound quality. This is realised with Yosegi.  At the heart of the cartridge are selected motors, cantilevers and diamonds, of the calibre expected of the very best Japanese-made pick-ups.  Thanks to the combination of traditional Yosegi woodworking art and modern high-end materials, the EAT Yosegi cartridge produces wonderfully smooth but vivid and open reproduction of the stored music.  It is an ideal symbiosis of tradition, art and modern technology, enhanced by its inherent exclusivity.  Listen … and enjoy!  

Specifications
- Cartridge type: Moving-coil 
- Frequency response: 15-50kHz 
- Output voltage: 0.4mV @ 1kHz, 5cm/sec 
- Channel separation: 30dB @ 1kHz 
- Output balance: 0.5dB @ 1kHz 
- Vertical tracking force: 1.8-2.2g 
- Coil impedance: 12Ω (1kHz) 
- DC-resistance: 12Ω 
- Coil inductance: 26μH (1kHz) 
- Static compliance: 35×10-6cm/dyne 
- Dynamic compliance: 18×10-6cm/dyne (100Hz) 
- Vertical tracking angle: 23° 
- Weight: 6g




€ 4495.00







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