AVID HiFi Ingenium Turntable
Avid HiFi know a thing or two about turntables, and while we're in the midst of the 'vinyl revival', there are alternatives to the mainstay brands in the analog world. The Ingenium is one such offering, the entry level turntable from this U.K manufacturer.
We say 'entry level' only in reference to their complete AVID Hi-Fi turntable range, as the Ingenium is by no means an entry level turntable. Those delving into their first record spinner ought to look past the sub-thousand dollar mark and aim a little higher. Generally this will be cheaper in the long run.
Avid HiFi were asked by dealers worldwide to design a more affordable turntable not made of inexpensive rectangular plastic or wooden 'turntables', of which plenty seem to dominate the entry pricing point for turntables.
Instead, AVID's answer in the Ingenium, sharing the design philosophy of their more expensive designs, with true engineered audiophile quality, utilising key elements of the up-spec Diva II. The Ingenium has an exposed minimal design that achieves new standards of style and excellence.
Avid's unique sapphire bearing and platter from the Diva II has been retained, with the once optioned but now standard unique clamping system, which efficiently channels unwanted vibrations away from both the record and platter. The main chassis to which the bearing and arm are rigidly coupled is machined from two and a half inch solid aluminium and allows the use of different arm fitting options.
The Ingenium is compatible with all popular tonearm configuration including Rega, Pro-Ject and SME.
The Ingenium is a good investment that will last for many years to come, allowing the upgrading of arms and cartridges as desired.
Con Dikeos, Managing Director of Australian Distributor, National Audio Group told StereoNET:
The Ingenium is the perfect solution for a high quality first turntable. Among many other design features, it employs the same optimised elastomer used in the higher spec'd Diva II giving excellent mechanical isolation of the playing surface, resulting in better information retrieval and resolution.
Using a mains powered version of the powerful motor employed in the Diva II and encapsulated within a bespoke housing to eliminate motor vibration entering the turntable, the resulting stability and the huge dynamic sound is instantly recognisable as Avid.
Ingenium offers more people the chance of opening a window to quality audiophile vinyl reproduction, with the opportunity to use today's wide variety of available pick up arms, without feeling its "just another turntable".
It's reassuringly an Avid turntable through and through.
The AVID HiFi Ingenium is available now with either a Rega or Pro-Ject tonearm for $2499.00 RRP. (Cartridge not included)
AVID HiFi is distributed in Australia by National Audio Group.
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