AVID is an English company which has been designing some of the best turntables in the world since 1995 and has built a global following of discerning audiophiles.

The Acutus Turntable is the brainchild of Conrad Mas and it was over 20 years in the making and his passion for audio perfection which led him to create a unique design that is now coveted worldwide. The emphasis has been on reducing vibration and this led to the creation of a turntable stabilised by mass loaded and suspension systems which, unlike normal turntables, directs the vibration into the sub-chassis rather than the platter. The end result provides listeners with the intensity of sound they expect from vinyl, but without any of the normal distortions.

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Yet the Acutus Turntable is not only the result of genuinely innovative engineering, it is also beautiful to look at and a single glance will tell even the most uniformed that this is a turntable with a difference.

It would seem that the passions of Conrad Mas have driven him to achieve the impossible; mesmerising audio with aesthetics to match.

Turntables

Acutus Ref SP

ACUTUS REFERENCE SP

The product that launched the AVID brand, over a decade ago, onto the world hi-fi scene was the critically acclaimed Acutus turntable. For the many experts and enthusiasts who have subsequently lived with this turntable, it was the start of a journey to reconnect with their music collection. Time, however, marches onward and a decade is a long time in the life of an engineering company.

It was decided to lift the bar higher still – to apply the accumulated knowledge of a decade of development and lessons learned.

The resulting turntable is now available…the Acutus Reference. The Reference provides not just a subjective but an immediately obvious lowering of the noise floor; extension of both bass and treble responses and a significant dynamic improvement.

The sense of realism needs to be experienced to be appreciated – something which we are happy to arrange for you with our exclusive world wide dealer network. 

…So enough puff. What are the actual differences between the Acutus and the Acutus Reference?

The first, and perhaps the most influential, is the power supply. A full 1kVA is on tap. This supply, itself developed over three years is the most stable, linear supply we’ve ever experienced. The Advanced DSP control of the motor power is finely adjustable almost completely eliminating micro-vibrations from the motor unit.

The motor suspension has been fine-tuned and a new twin belt drive system has been employed to aid grip and control. A detailed understanding of the metallurgic requirements of moving components has resulted in the refinement of the bearing system to self-lubricate and spin freely, but eliminate unwanted movement.

The Acutus Reference is a rare jewel of precision engineering. The age old adage of ‘getting what you pay for’ is no more evident than in this superlative turntable.

Sequel SP

SEQUEL SP

Sequel is so much more than a step-up model from the Volvere. With a touch of high-end engineering finesse, the already robust chassis and structure benefit from a bespoke suspension system, bearing and platter.

Following our policy of continuous improvement, upgrades to power supply and motor which we developed for our Acutus Reference model have also been applied here, using the same principles of DSP signal generation to reduce vibration and allow fine calibration of motor speed. 

The twin belt drive and revised bearing makes the improvement in sound quality instantly noticeable over the Volvere. 

Additionally our new improved stronger main chassis now integrates the arm cable management.

Building upon the strengths of the standard Volvere model, the presentation is dramatically focussed and paints a vividly realistic image of the recording. 

Aside from the superlative audio performance, the Sequel is one of the more aesthetically pleasing models in the world of high-end turntables and a worthy centrepiece for any domestic hi-fi system. 

Volvere SP

VOLVERE SP

Many of the engineering innovations we have pioneered in our flagship, reference models are equally relevant to all our turntables. 

Nowhere is this more evident than in the Volvere.

This latest generation incorporates our latest DSP signal-generating power supply, now within its own casework and improved mains transformer, totally removing the vagaries of the mains power signal and allowing precise calibration of motor speed. Introduction of the new twin belt drive system and revised bearing has improved platter dynamics, yet further improving the sound quality. 

Conceived as a belt drive, sprung subchassis design, Volvere is designed and built to the same precision engineering standards as the Acutus turntable. Bespoke versions of the unique clamping, stainless steel bearing and suspension systems have been developed and applied to this novel design. 

External vibrations are dissipated by the unique AVID variable frequency suspension system, effectively isolating the entire system from extraneous influence – yet without the softening of dynamic response often allied to such systems. 

Suspension dynamics are further improved in this latest version with the increased rigidity of the main chassis as well as using revised lateral damping isolation bands and lastly but by no means least, a massive platter. 

The result? Vibration caused by the stylus during playback is transmitted to the subchassis directly through the main bearing and not absorbed into the platter. The clarity and depth of the performance under reference listening tests is a testament to the attention to detail bestowed on the design and the manufacture.

Diva II SP

DIVA II SP

Whilst Diva II sets the bar undoubtedly high, the Diva II SP edition reveals a genuine insight into the performance standards of high-end audio. Approaching the illustrious Volvere model in absolute terms, this is no mere cosmetic makeover.

Control and precision in reproduction are of the very highest calibre; a benefit derived directly from the engineering effort applied to each and every turntable.

A machined aluminium platter is the first and most obvious step-up; the vibration absorbing properties working symbiotically with the chassis. Combined with our unique, low-density, self-lubricating bearing system, torsional vibration is all but eliminated.

Precision control of turntable speed is achieved with our Digital Signal processing engine. Variations in the mains supplies are ironed out to create a pure and abundant supply of power to the motor. This can be precisely and easily calibrated to achieve perfect platter speeds.

Motor noise, vibration and control are all improved with the twin belt drive controlling platter dynamics and stability under load. The result? A smooth, yet dynamic sound quality, improved bass and treble definition.

Owners of the original Diva II model are welcome to upgrade their system with these additional refinements.

Electronics

Pulsare II Phono Stage

PULSARE II PHONO STAGE

AVID’s Pulsare II phono stage.        

‘The difference between simply listening to music and experiencing it.’

This was our design goal, because over the years, the many phono stages we have listened too, whilst offering excellent technical performance, lacked that something that makes the music sound and feel real. We call it ‘shear power’. Its that feeling of presence, solidity and drive that separates just listening to a HiFi system with the feeling of being in the presence of the performance.

Logically manufacturing turntables that already create that feeling, turntables with exceptionally low background noise and impressive isolation to prevent distortion, we wanted to create a phono stage that embodied these qualities.

Designed from first principles, Pulsare II is fully balanced throughout, keeping noise exceptionally low. Distortion across the audio spectrum is very low and with an impressive headroom, there’s never a feeling of ‘running out of steam’.

Employing extremely high-specification components, every attribute is of the highest order. At no point, in the circuit is signal integrity compromised, using a bank of relays for every adjustment. Inputs and outputs are both XLR and RCA, and whilst running fully balanced internally, the output is optionally balanced or unbalanced. Gain, resistance and capacitance are all easily adjustable from the front panel and offer exceptional flexibility.

Following our policy of continuous improvement, Pulsare II introduces additional features. A mono facility, subsonic filter and a custom resistance setting, giving the option to precisely tailor resistance values to any given cartridge. Achieved by adding internal RCA plugs fitted with resistor values as required to alter the 47k loading to the desired value.

A passive RIAA (with Neumann HF correction) circuit using high-end capacitors, helps maintain linearity of reproduction; and an external double regulated 300va power supply provides nothing short of prodigious power to each channel separately.

Passionately manufactured within our own facilities, everything from PCB assembly, testing and quality control to the high quality casework ensures a long lasting reliable product, allowing you to not just listen, but experience the full potential that vinyl replay has to offer.

Put bluntly, this is a ground-up revolutionary design which communicates honestly and embraces dynamic attack with aplomb.

Pulsare II is when listening becomes an experience. 

Pellere Phono Stage

PELLERE PHONO STAGE

The Pellere mirrors the design innovation pioneered in the flagship Pulsare phonostage and bridges the gap to the Pulsus phonostage. 

Like the Pulsare the Pellere is fully balanced throughout and retains the same internal high specification components, keeping noise and distortion exceptionally low across the audio spectrum and with the same impressive headroom, there’s the same feeling of never ‘running out of steam’.

Whilst inputs and outputs remain both XLR and RCA, Gain, Resistance and Capacitance are all easily adjustable using high quality switches from the base panel and offer exceptional flexibility.

A passive RIAA (with Neumann HF correction) circuit using high-end capacitors, helps maintain linearity of reproduction; and an external regulated 300va power supply provides nothing short of prodigious power to each channel separately.

Passionately manufactured within our own facilities, everything from PCB assembly, testing and quality control to the high quality casework ensures a long lasting reliable product, allowing you to not just listen, but experience the full potential that vinyl replay has to offer.

Pulsus Phono Stage

PULSUS PHONO STAGE

AVID’s Pulsare established a new benchmark in sound quality that a phonostage can achieve.

Pulsus embodies the experience gained during the development of the Pulsare to design this high quality but economically priced phonostage. Many of the Pulsare’s features have been retained such as the switchable flexibility and separate power supply.

Again designed from first principles, Pulsus is an un-balanced design, but still keeping noise exceptionally low. Distortion across the audio spectrum is exceptionally very low and with impressive headroom, a character common to all our electronic designs.

Pulsus employs extremely high-specification components for its retail cost. Inputs and outputs are both gold-plated RCA. Gain, resistance and capacitance are all easily adjustable from the underside of the casework and offer exceptional flexibility and ease of use.

A passive RIAA (with Neumann HF correction) circuit using high-end capacitors, helps maintain linearity of reproduction; and an external regulated power supply provides refined smooth power to maintain its poise.

Passionately manufactured within our own facilities, everything from PCB assembly, testing and quality control to the high quality casework ensures a long lasting reliable product, all at a very affordable price.

Pellar Phono Stage

PELLAR PHONO STAGE

AVID’s Pulsare and Pulsus phonostages have established high regard with customers and press alike.

Directly related to the Pulsus the Pellar brings the possiblity of owning an AVID phonostage to a new entry level price point.

Unusual at this price level, there are three gain options for MM, low and high gain MC cartridge types.

As with its bigger relation this is an un-balanced design, but still keeping noise exceptionally low, even with an intergated power supply. 

Distortion across the audio spectrum is exceptionally low and with impressive headroom, a character common to all our electronic designs.

Pellar retains the high-specification components of the Pulsus, including the gold-plated RCA connections and with the gain settings still easily adjustable from the underside of the casework. 

Cartridge resistance value is set to 47k, suitable for MM cartridges. There are additional RCA connections on the rear panel to allow customised restistance loading plugs to be used, so that any restance value can be set for any cartridge. This offers exceptional flexibility and precision.

The passive RIAA (with Neumann HF correction) circuit using high-end capacitors is retained, helping maintain linearity of reproduction. 

The new internal regulated power supply provides refined smooth power to maintain its poise.

In keeping with our high standards, the Pellar is completely manufactured within our own facility. Everything from PCB assembly, testing and quality control to the high quality casework ensures a desirable sounding product with exceptional value.

Conrad Mas

The Acutus Turntable was the first brainchild of Conrad Mas, founder of the small, high-end audio technology company AVID HIFI. Conrad designed his initial prototype turntable over 20 years ago and, like most pioneers, started out by first identifying problems before setting out to resolve them.

To many his quest might have seemed impossible but now, the small UK company, is building a world wide reputation for innovation and quality.

Although AVID HIFI have only been in existence for around ten years, the technology behind their expanding but select, range of quality audio products, has been over two decades in the making. Today they distribute to 14 countries and AVID audio vinyl replay equipment is renown for its superior quality and design.

Although Conrad Mas and AVID are not on the lips of mainstream listeners, his designs, dedication and creativity are appreciated by audiophiles and professionals alike, around the globe. From Japan to Australia and South Africa to Canada, this small specialist company is becoming known as the one to turn to when you are looking for exceptional turntable technology.

Phantom-Audio have harnessed the expertise of AVID HIFI and Conrad Mas, a man who has dedicated his career to audio which has the convenience of digital, but with the quality sound of vinyl.

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