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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.

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