Onto the TechDAS it goes, and... What a surprise!
I don't know what impacted the sound more — the sheer mass of the resulting tonearm, or any specific qualities of recrystalised alumina — but the result is absolute magic. So much better than anything we've built so far.
I liked the arm so much that the prototype stayed on the turntable for a few days. It had all the positives of Prototype 5
and Prototype 6
, plus the authority and stability only the best tonearms can achieve. The stereo image, while not larger or broader, was very sharp and accurate. Timbrally, all the richness a humble AT7V cartridge
could extract was preserved.