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!
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
||Solid aluminium, non-resonant with deeply cut away sides
||0.3mm Æ solid boron
||Ogura PA (3 x 30mm) solid diamond
||High grade permalloy square core & 4N silver coils
||neodymium – front & rear.
||1.2mm dia. gold plated (EIA)
||0.4mV (3.54cm/s – 1kHz)
||4 ohms ( DC resistance per channel)
||10Hz – 20kHz + 1.5dB 20kHz – 40kHz + 2dB
||> 27dB (200Hz – 10kHz)
||< 0.5dB at 1kHz
||> 4.0 ohms
||>68µm at a tracking force of 1.8g at 315Hz.
||12 x 10-6 cm/dyne
Set up instructions
|Tracking force range
||1.7 – 2.2g
|Rec’d tracking force
|Optimum working temp’
|Break in period
Axia S RRP £1995 our demonstration example under 100 hours use
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