We have been singing the praises of AVID turntables for some time, but this is the first time that we have had an Acutus SP on our showroom floor.
AVID is different to most companies in that they initially set out to make the very best turntable they could, resulting in the Acutus. They then trickled this technology down to less expensive models. Most manufacturers produce an initial offering and then work to improve on that, releasing consecutively more expensive models. The fact that the Acutus turntable – released two decades ago – still forms the basis of AVID’s premium offering (and still remains competitive in a market where the ‘flavour of the month’ seems to change on a weekly basis) bears testament to the fact that they got it right the first time.
The Acutus SP is a rare jewel of precision engineering, developed by an engineering company of great merit. This is obvious by simply looking at the unit – but it is when you listen that the magic happens.
The Acutus SP sells for just over $20,000 without arm. The unit we have on display is fitted with an SME 309 tonearm – the combination selling for $23,000.