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)|
|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|
|Speeds||33 & 45 rpm|
|Drive System||Precision moulded round section rubber belt
|Unit Dimensions||170mm (h) x 470mm (w) x 360mm (d), including feet and lid|
|TT-PSU Power Supply Unit||Specifications*|
|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