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Ja­panese phono cartridge man­u­fac­turer Trans­fig­u­ra­tion has re­leased a ‘D’ ver­sion of its top-line Proteus cartridge, which has a di­a­mond can­tilever. Each D ver­sion is hand­made in Ja­pan by Seiji Yosh­ioka, of Im­mutable Mu­sic. ‘ Like the other mod­els in the Proteus range, the new Proteus D uses Yosh­ioka’s patented yoke­less dou­ble-ring-mag­net de­sign in which coils wound from ex­cep­tion­ally pure sil­ver wire are po­si­tioned right at the fo­cal point of the mag­netic flux field cre­ated by two neodymium mag­nets to pro­vide an ex­tremely ac­cu­rate coil-mag­net in­ter­face,’ says David Eleft­he­ri­adis of Ref­er­ence Au­dio Vis­ual, which dis­trib­utes Trans­fig­u­ra­tion car­tridges in Aus­tralia. ‘ This ground-break­ing con­struc­tion re­moves the vari­a­tions in flux in­tro­duced by tra­di­tional mov­ing-coil de­signs and is the key to the range’s stun­ningly life­like mu­si­cal­ity.’ The Trans­fig­u­ra­tion Proteus D has an out­put volt­age of 0.2mV (@ 3.54cm/sec.), an im­ped­ance of 1 and a rated fre­quency re­sponse of 10Hz–20kHz +1.5dB.

Eleft­he­ri­adis told Aus­tralian Hi-Fi Magazine that it was Yosh­ioka’s quest for ever-more nat­u­ral mu­si­cal de­tail that led to the de­vel­op­ment of the Proteus D, which will be avail­able only in a lim­ited edi­tion. ‘ Trans­fig­u­ra­tion mov­ing-coil phono car­tridges have been hailed as be­ing among the world’s most mu­si­cally hon­est,’ he said. ‘ The Proteus D has an ad­vanced abil­ity to re­solve mu­si­cal de­tail, with ex­cel­lent air and a fine­ly­tuned ca­pac­ity to de­liver su­pe­rior han­dling of soft pas­sages, in­ter-tran­sient si­lences and sub­tle, low-level har­mon­ics. It al­lows the midrange to breathe more freely while lib­er­at­ing the highs.’

One rea­son for the lim­ited pro­duc­tion is the cost of the di­a­mond can­tilever. ‘ The pro­duc­tion of a di­a­mond can­tilever is a unique chal­lenge,’ Yosh­ioka told Aus­tralian Hi-Fi Magazine. ‘ Of course it’s ex­pen­sive, but the Proteus D also fea­tures spe­cially re-de­signed multi-lay­ered dou­ble dampers made from a specif­i­cally-de­vel­oped sta­bil­is­ing com­pound com­pris­ing dif­fer­ent types of elas­tomer that are in­sen­si­tive to tem­per­a­ture changes, and pro­vide ex­cel­lent sty­lus/coil align­ment and con­trol, and highly pre­cise track­ing abil­ity.’ Avail­able now via spe­cial or­der, the Trans­fig­u­ra­tion Proteus D sells for $11,490 (RRP). For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Ref­er­ence Au­dio Vis­ual on 1800 133 135 or visit www.ref­er­

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