Cam­bridge Au­dio Alva TT £1,500

BBC Music Magazine - - Audio Choice -

Cam­bridge Au­dio’s first turntable in over ten years is a treat for any­one who de­mands a lot from their hi-fi but doesn’t have the in­cli­na­tion to tin­ker tire­lessly with tone arms and track­ing.

The di­rect drive de­sign has a weighty poly­oxymethy­lene plat­ter, sin­gle-piece ton­earm and high-out­put mov­ing coil car­tridge that’s pre-in­stalled, mak­ing it mer­ci­fully sim­ple to set up. It also comes with a pow­er­ful in­te­grated phono stage and is the first to of­fer hi-res 24bit/48khz aptx HD Blue­tooth stream­ing, so you can wire­lessly lis­ten us­ing com­pat­i­ble speak­ers or headphones in the best qual­ity. Hi-tech ex­tras count for noth­ing if it doesn’t im­press, but within the open­ing bars of vi­olin­ist Itzhak Perl­man and pi­anist Martha Arg­erich’s 2016 record­ing of Schu­mann, Bach and Brahms on Warner Clas­sics, I knew the tim­ing of this turntable was spot on, con­vey­ing the mu­sic’s ten­sion and en­ergy with ef­fort­less con­trol. Whether plugged into my Marantz amp, or stream­ing to a pair of Au­dio Tech­nica aptx HD headphones, the Alva TT is a bril­liant ex­am­ple of a turntable that cov­ers all bases, of­fer­ing fan­tas­tic au­dio­phile per­for­mance while also manag­ing to slip stylishly into a modern life­style. cam­bridge au­

Into the groove: Cam­bridge Au­dio’s bril­liant Alva TT

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