Transfiguration Axia S ex demonstration

Transfiguration Axia S ex demonstration

Transfiguration Axia S is alovely, refined, quiet (in terms of surface noise) and natural sounding MC cartridge. Impressive bass weight, extension and control, a very unsplashy clear top and the bit is the middle is great too!

On the Trilogy phono stage, it seems happiest on 70 ohm loading but around 100 ohms is generally OK.  A good match to Linn LP12 (and the Urika stage) excellent, too on Nottingham decks, so a good egg all round.

At our Audio Show East event 2015, Magneplanar speakers were powered by Audio Analogue Puccini amplifier fronted by a Rega Aria stage and An Axia S on the Rega RP6. Great it was too!

The details:

Transfiguration Axia – S

The Axia may well impress & surprise the music lovers first foray into the world of Transfiguration – moving coil cartridges. The design reveals a coherently musical and natural presentation, setting it apart from many exaggerated “Hi-Fi” interpreters.

Its excellent ability to recreate the correct timing in music facilitates the seamless rendering of explicit information, together with an effortless and flowing accuracy of timbre, convincing depth and correctness to the acoustic ebb of  each note.

Utilising a double ring magnet for a moving coil cartridge has enabled six unique design improvements:

  • Just two coils within double ring magnets – Neodymium front & rear
  • No yokes
  • No magnetic irregularities
  • Coils at the crux of the magnetic focus
  • Intimate coil/magnet coupling
  • Simple resonance – free body design


Body Solid aluminium, non-resonant with deeply cut away sides
Cantilever 0.3mm Æ solid boron
Stylus Ogura PA (3 x 30mm) solid diamond
Core/coils High grade permalloy square core & 4N silver coils
Magnetic material neodymium – front  &  rear.
Output terminals 1.2mm dia. gold plated (EIA)
Weight 7g


Output voltage 0.4mV (3.54cm/s – 1kHz)
Internal impedance 4 ohms ( DC resistance per channel)
Frequency response 10Hz – 20kHz + 1.5dB   20kHz – 40kHz + 2dB
Channel separation > 27dB (200Hz – 10kHz)
Channel balance < 0.5dB at 1kHz
Load impedance > 4.0 ohms


Tracking ability >68µm at a tracking force of 1.8g  at 315Hz.
Dynamic compliance 12 x 10-6 cm/dyne

Set up instructions

Recommended loading >4 ohms
Tracking force range 1.7 – 2.2g
Rec’d tracking force 2.0 g
Optimum working temp’ 23º celsius
Break in period 30 hours

Axia S RRP £1995 our demonstration example under 100 hours use


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