TOP WING FLIES DOWN UN­DER

Australian HIFI - - SOUNDBITES -

Pure Mu­sic Group is now the sole Aus­tralian distrib­u­tor for Top Wing mov­ing-coil phono car­tridges, which are man­u­fac­tured by hand in Ja­pan and now avail­able for au­di­tion at Sonic Pu­rity, in Mel­bourne. The Seiryu (Blue Dragon) and Suzaku (Red Sparrow) car­tridges use what Top Wing de­scribes as ‘ a Core­less Straight Flux power gen­er­a­tion sys­tem’: one core­less coil for each chan­nel, with the two coils ar­rayed in a V shape above a mag­net, an ar­range­ment the com­pany says re­sults in the coils mov­ing through the flux lines in a way that bet­ter rep­re­sents the move­ment of the sty­lus caused by un­du­la­tions in the walls of the record groove. An­other ad­van­tage of Top Wing’s Core­less Straight Flux sys­tem is that the sty­lus can be re­placed more cost-ef­fec­tively than with con­ven­tional mov­ing-coil car­tridges. ‘ The sty­lus re­place­ment cost is only one tenth of the cost of the car­tridge and is ex­pertly han­dled by Top Wing af­ter the car­tridge is re­turned to them,’ said Rom Bey­erle of Pure Mu­sic Group, ‘ so a sty­lus re­place­ment for the Seiryu costs only $940 and one for the Red Sparrow, just $1,250.’ Both the Seiryu and Suzaku use the Core­less Straight Flux sys­tem, have an out­put volt­age of 0.2mV and an in­ter­nal im­ped­ance of 12.3 . The Seiryu sells for $9,400 and the Suzaku for $12,500. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Pure Mu­sic Group on (04) 0950 4805 or

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