Saturday, January 14, 2012

Reed 3P tonearm

Reed 3P is our latest tonearm model. Built after our Reed Mag prototype tonearm, it will replace current Reed 2P model. Being the latest addition to our 3rd class tonearms, it will not only have fine VTA adjustment on-the-fly, but also feature unique possibility of adjusting azimuth while playing a record. An exciting thing about the azimuth adjuster is that during the adjustment process the cartridge "swings" around the needle tip, hence keeping all other tonearm parameters intact.

Magnetic antiskating and magnetic damper (optional), used in Reed 3P, were developed in our Reed Mag prototype model*, which made its first appearance in Analog Forum 2011 Krefeld, Germany.

Another 3Ps innovation is its bearing system. Although tonearm bearing system can be considered as gimbal, it acts like unipivot one. However, major difference from unipivot system is that instead of a single pivot three pivots and both vertical and horizontal axis' magnetic stabilizers are used. Such bearing system is as rigid as gimbal, but its friction coefficient is as low as in unipivot.

Again, if you are bored with this technical talk, it is enough to know that in Reed 3P you can setup most of the tonearm's parameters (VTA, azimuth, antiskating) on the fly, and due to the very sensitive bearing system you will not miss the slightest music tones.


Effective length               10.5" 12"
Mounting distance, mm  251.6 295.6
Overhang, mm               15.4 13.4
Offset angle, deg            20.7 17.6