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Audio Note UK turntables are designed and built according to a core set of insights gleaned from many years of experimentation and experience into what delivers musicality.

Each turntable incorporates the following design features:

  • suspended chassis to minimise vibration energy from the speakers and environment

  • materials of differing resonance and mass to transfer any remaining vibration energy away from the cartridge where it won’t harm the sound

  • low mass platter to minimise absorption of energy generated by the cartridge in the record groove

  • vibration-free high-torque AC drive system to maintain constant platter speed, even when record grooves contain strong modulations

TT-One and TT-Two Turntables


Originally based on the award-winning Dunlop Systemdek IIX, the TT1 and TT2 turntables have a fully floating three point, level-adjustable suspended sub-chassis that isolates the platter and arm from the outer chassis, motor, shelf and support. The platter is machined from a single piece of Acrylic and the sub-platter from Delrin.

The TT-Two is a two motor version of the TT1. The dual AC motors mounted on opposite sides of the spindle are designed to increase torque and drive, thus producing greater speed stability. Audio Note match every pair of motors to ensure they perform in the same way.

TT-One and TT-Two Deluxe Turntables


With the Deluxe versions of the TT1 and TT2 turntables, both the platter and motors are selected for tolerance. Their plinths are an upgrade from the standard plinths in that they are made from the same materials and in the same factory as Audio Note’s loudspeaker cabinets.

The Deluxe models’ dedicated circuit board (two circuit boards in the case of the TT2) has internal switching for direct, simple connection to the external TT-PSU power supply via the pre-installed socket at the rear.

TT-PSU - Power Supply Unit for the TT-One Deluxe and TT-Two Deluxe Turntables

The TT1 and TT2 models offer exceptional performance, but even this can be improved upon with the addition of the dedicated External Power Supply Unit.

The TT-PSU is only compatible with the Deluxe TT1 and TT2, though the standard models can be retro-fitted by an AN authorised technician.

TT-1 and TT-2 Turntable Specifications*
AN Level TT-1 & TT-1 Deluxe - Level One
TT-2 & TT-2 Deluxe - Level Two
Finish Vinyl (Standard) or Wood Veneer (Deluxe)
Cover Perspex
Platter Acrylic
Sub-Platter Delrin
Motor TT-1: 24 pole precision, high torque motor mounted on an anti-vibration assembly
TT-2: 2 x 24 pole precision, high torque motor mounted on an anti-vibration assembly
Power Source 240V 50Hz / 110V 60Hz, depending on country
Power Consumption 3.3VA
Speeds 33 & 45 rpm
Drive System Precision moulded round section rubber belt
Distance 220mm
Unit Dimensions 170mm (h) x 470mm (w) x 360mm (d), including feet and lid
TT-PSU Power Supply Unit Specifications*
AN Level Two
Standard Finish Brushed aluminium fascia with silver trim
Black acrylic fascia with gold trim
Unit Dimensions 140mm (h) x 295mm (w) x 435mm (d - incl. control knobs)

TT-Three Turntable with Power Supplies

Originally based on Guy Adams’s ‘The Voyd’ turntable, to which Audio Note UK acquired the rights in 1995, the TT3 Reference turntable comes as standard with a single tonearm support, and can be ordered with two or three tonearm supports to enable the use of multiple cartridges. It supports 33, 45 and 78 RPM, unusual for a reference turntable. All three speed settings can be adjusted, meaning it is capable of playing many older 78 records that were not manufactured at a true 78 RPM.

The main frame and suspended system on the TT-Three Reference is machined from aircraft grade aluminium, the most ductile and therefore naturally inert aluminium available, making it perfect for dealing with the wideband energy generated by the stylus tracking the groove and the speakers energising the playback environment. The base of the turntable can be ordered in finishes to match most Audio Note loudspeaker finishes.

Audio Note does not share other manufacturers’ enthusiasms for high mass turntables. In stark contrast the TT-Three Reference platter is light (less than 900g), highly inert and made from Lexan (bullet proof glass or polycarbonate) which has virtually no reflective or resonant storage problems and which has one of the world’s highest energy absorption coefficients.

The TT-Three Reference has a three point suspended design. Unlike other systems it is centred at the bearing, which is also the epicentre of the motors' inertia, thus avoiding the resonance generated from misaligned motors and suspension.

To further enhance stability, as well as ensure the simplest set-up, the sub-chassis has three wings. One locates the arm in the conventional position on the far right, while the other two hold mass balancing weights – each an exact weight equivalent of an arm + cartridge mass. Each suspension spring is therefore loaded equally, removing the need ever to adjust the suspension.


TT-Three PSUs - Power Supply Units for the TT-Three Turntable

Audio Note UK has concentrated a great deal of time and energy on developing a set of core fundamentals within the new TT3 PSU, in doing so delivering sheer musicality, believability and immediacy.

TT-Three PSU-1 - AN Level 3
offers an excellent level of musical engagement without compromise of the component quality. 0.5W Tantalum Resistors and Audio Note Electrolytic capacitors are used throughout. The special CODE, analogue modules and output stages are all coded, modelled and designed in-house.

TT-Three PSU-2 - AN Level 3
features improved local power supply regulation for the signal generator, improvements to the clock line and the output stage offering great improvements in refinement, tonal density, palette and definition over the power supply 1.

TT-Three PSU-3 - AN Level 3
is a unique product in every respect, achieving the best sonic results. A superior level of control is achieved by using a specifically designed analogue computer, unique analogue oscillators and fully discrete component design, from start to finish.

The discrete component output stage offers far more freedom to achieve a perfect balance both electronically and sonically achieving optimal damping and energy transfer.

*NOTE: due to Audio Note (UK)'s ongoing research and development program, specifications are subject to change without notice




When Audio Note decided to develop a new range of budget to mid priced tonearms to replace their long lived and loved ARM-One, Two and Three they had high expectations for the new design: they exceeded those expectations with the MkII models.

ARM-One/MkII, ARM-Two/MkII, Arm-Three/MkII

All three arms are available in Anodised Aluminium or Black Anodised Aluminium

The MkII arms are manufactured in a state-of-the-art machining facility in Austria, and every single piece is custom designed and manufactured by Audio Note for Audio Note. The essential design, which accommodates not only Audio Note turntables but also any turntable cut for the classic single hole ‘Rega’ mounting, took over a year of painstaking prototyping, testing, redesigning and revisions to perfect.

All 3 new arms share the same construction, based around an arm tube that is machined from a single billet of high-grade aluminium, and tapered both internally and externally to reduce overall mass and increase stiffness. This structural rigidity allows the arm to work with almost any cartridge, regardless of weight or compliance. From the lightest Moving Magnet right up to

Audio Note’s own Io models, the MkII arms allow the cartridge to track superbly, minimising noise.

Bias adjustment is achieved via the classic ‘falling weight’ method, which AN have found to be the most reliable method, and the easiest to adjust.

Rather than the usual ‘ball racer’ style of bearings, a rarely seen ‘captured unipivot’ arrangement is used, which provides significantly superior performance.

Improving on the original mounting system design, Audio Note introduced a method of adjusting the arm height via a threaded collar and locking nut, allowing the stylus rake angle to be precisely adjusted.

The 3 different models are identical, except for the differing grades of Audio Note wiring used internally and externally:

  • ARM-One/II - Copper internal and external wiring (external wire is an AN-A high purity copper coaxial interconnect) - AN Level 1

  • ARM--Two/II - Silver internal and external wiring (external wire is AN-V 19 strand silver Litz coaxial interconnect) - AN Level 2

  • ARM-Three/II - Silver internal and external wiring (external wire is AN-Vx 31 strand silver Litz coaxial interconnect) - AN Level 3

AN-A Copper Interconnect

AN-A Copper Interconnect

AN-V Silver Interconnect

AN-V Silver Interconnect

AN-Vx Silver Interconnect

AN-Vx Silver Interconnect


AN-1s AN-V/Vx, AN-1s / SOGON

Information coming soon…

*NOTE: due to Audio Note (UK)'s ongoing research and development program, specifications are subject to change without notice




Audio Note UK currently offer a range of three Moving Magnet Cartridges (the IQ range) and four Moving Coil Cartridges (the IO range).


IQ Moving Magnet Cartridges

Developed by Audio Note and manufactured by Goldring, the IQ Moving Magnet range of cartridges is built with premium quality components and offers exceptional tracking, dynamic range and longevity.

All models have a highly rigid yet lightweight body made from Pocon. These feature integral threaded inserts that enable easy installation on the tonearm head-shell and offer a significant improvement over the traditional nut & bolt fixing.

The internal coils in all IQ cartridges are made from extremely fine, high purity, ‘four nines’ copper wire. The suspension is stiffer than usually found on Moving Magnet cartridges, with the cantilevers being made from specially hardened aluminium or from titanium.

The complete stylus assembly is removable, making replacement or upgrade very simple and cost effective: for example, it is possible to start with an IQ-I and eventually replace the stylus assembly with the vastly superior version used in the IQ-III.

The 3 different models are identical, except for the stylus and cantilever:

  • IQ-I - Gyger Type II diamond with hardened aluminium cantilever

  • IQ-II - Audio Note Type II diamond with hardened aluminium cantilever

  • IQ-III - Audio Note Type II diamond with unique titanium cantilever

IQ I Specifications*
AN Level Zero
Cantilever Aluminium
Stylus Gyger II Diamond
IQ II Specifications*
AN Level One
Cantilever Aluminium
Stylus AN II Diamond
IQ III Specifications*
AN Level Two
Cantilever Titanium
Stylus AN II Diamond
ALL IQ Model Specifications*
Internal Impedance 660 Ohms
Load Impedance 47K Ohms
Frequency Range 20Hz - 20KHz, +/-2dB
Channel Separation 25dB at 1KHz
Sensitivity 6.5mV +/- 1.5dB, 1KHz @5cm/sec
Compliance (Typical) 24mm (horizontal) / 16mm (vertical)
Stylus Pressure 1.5g – 2.5g (1.75g nominal)
Weight 6.3g
NOTE: the IQ range is designed for use with a MM compatible phono stage with input impedance of 47K Ohms. Total capacitance in parallel (including arm lead and amplifier capacitance) should not exceed 200pF. If used with other load resistance and capacitance levels are used, the frequency response of the cartridge may depart from the specified values.

IO Moving Coil Cartridges

As early as in 1978, Mr. Kondo of The Audio Note Company, Japan, introduced his IO cartridge design. The revolutionary nature of the design runs contrary to most accepted design criteria. The result is a small range of moving coil cartridges, which are second to none in dynamic range, tonal balance, separation, timbral reproduction, and lack of colouration and surface noise.

The cartridge designs do not lend themselves to

mass production and as a result are not in-expensive. They require a tonearm of very substantial rigidity, and must be combined with a matching transformer, in order to achieve the best possible linearity and dynamic signal transfer, without which it seems pointless to own cartridges of this quality.

All IO cartridges are now hand-built by Audio Note UK to exacting standards and are made to order.

The IO 1, 2 & Gold models are identical, except for the stylus and cantilever:

  • IO 1 - Fritz Gyger Type I diamond stylus with hardened aluminium cantilever, aluminium & wood body

  • IO 2 - Fritz Gyger Type II diamond stylus with hardened aluminium cantilever, aluminium & wood body

  • IO Gold - AN Type I diamond stylus with unique titanium cantilever, solid polished copper body

IO 1 Specifications*
AN Level Three
Cantilever Aluminium
Stylus Fritz Gyger Type 1 Diamond
Body Aluminium and wood
Weight 11g
IO 2 Specifications*
AN Level Four
Cantilever Aluminium
Stylus Fritz Gyger Type II Diamond
Body Aluminium and wood
Weight 11g
IO Gold Specifications*
AN Level Four
Cantilever Titanium
Stylus AN Type II Diamond
Body Solid, polished copper
Weight 20g
ALL IO Model Specifications*
Output Impedance 0.04mV, 5cm/sec
Internal Impedance 1 Ohm
Load Impedance 3 – 4 Ohms
Frequency Range 10 – 50KHz, +/- 2dB (dynamic test)
Channel Separation Greater than 30dB at 1KHz
Compliance (Typical) 10mm (horizontal), 15mm (vertical)
Stylus Pressure 2 - 3g (2.5g optimal)

IO Limited, with Power Supply

After extensive research Audio Note found the optimal magnetic circuit to be electromagnetically generated. This, however, requires a separate DC power supply and is very costly to implement. Therefore, only a cartridge producing the absolute ultimate in performance could employ such a system… and the IO Limited was born.

Rather than the Alnico magnets found in the other IO models, the IO Ltd is unique in it’s use of field coils, which necessitate the power supply in order to generate a magnetic field, and which can be rewired into most tonearms or run along the outside of the arm tube.

IO Ltd Specifications*
AN Level Five
Cantilever Titanium
Stylus AN I Diamond
Body Aluminium and wood
Magnetic Field Strength Electromagnetic 1,200 Gauss
Weight 19g
Power Supply Output Voltage 0.4A, 1.2V DC
Power Supply Weight and Dimensions 5kg
100mm (h) x 300mm (w) x 250mm (d)
ALL IO Model Specifications*
Output Impedance 0.04mV, 5cm/sec
Internal Impedance 1 Ohm
Load Impedance 3 – 4 Ohms
Frequency Range 10 – 50KHz, +/- 2dB (dynamic test)
Channel Separation Greater than 30dB at 1KHz
Compliance (Typical) 10mm (horizontal), 15mm (vertical)
Stylus Pressure 2 - 3g (2.5g optimal)

*NOTE: due to Audio Note (UK)'s ongoing research and development program, specifications are subject to change without notice


MC Step Up Transformers


The Audio Note UK range of moving coil phono step up transformers are rightfully acclaimed for their supreme build quality and incredible sonic performance. Construction features a number of alternative materials for the transformers, depending on the model, but the entire range uses copper chassis for the very best performance. Models can be specified in various alternatives to suit virtually any cartridge.

They are passive devices, designed to convert the output of your Moving Coil (MC) cartridge to a higher voltage, low current signal of sufficient strength to allow a Moving Magnet (MM) phono stage to amplify it to a suitable level.

The internal transformers used in the step up transformers are manufactured by Audio Note UK exclusively, use the very best core materials and winding technology available at the price, and are housed in mu-metal screening canisters to minimise noise and interference.

Find out more on the Audio Note UK website.