Triangle Art Turntables
MASSIVE! ROCK SOLID! AWESOME!
Looks expensive, but...
“With the first LP played, a Jacintha 45rpm of ‘How Long Has This Been Going On’, it was apparent that this rig was different.
There was a layer of analog velvet on not only the instruments but on her voice that just seemed “different.”
The only way I can describe it was that it was more toward the tonality I hear from Master Tape playback.”
“Tom mentioned his background in turntable design and we shared many stories regarding our mutual trials and travails in pursuing this sort of project.
Here we are, just a short 15 months later, and the ‘Reference,’ a turntable design highly influenced by Tom, is available from Triangle Art.”
This, the Reference SE version weighs a hefty 275 lbs, sports a solid aluminum platter that’s hand-made by Mr. Vu himself. Lastly, the controller is designed by Walker Audio.”
Orange Country Register
“There’s nothing like walking into a room believing you’re about to interrupt a jazz singer and discovering there’s no singer. Just a stereo.”
“Triangle Art is our choice for Best Value New Turntables at RMAF.”
“…the soundstage was detailed, wide and deep…
So, too, was the pace, rhythm, and timing, full head-bobbing goodness complete with rich bass and
mid-bass without ever getting heavy or muddy as can easily happen if there is something awry with platter resonance or tonearm support resonance, or even motor noise…”
Reference Only $28,000 (left) Signature only $19,500 (right)
TRIANGLE ART REFERENCE TURNTABLE
In the store for demo now!
Best of 2012: Gold Sound Award, TriangleART Signature
Stereo Times’ Publisher’s Choice 2012 Award goes to Tom Vu’s remarkable Reference SE Turntable.
“In terms of looks and workmanship, the Triangle ART Ref SE is a work of art. Sonic-wise I would easily place it among the best available.
That this level of analogue playback can be had for around 20K puts it on rare turf.”
The new Triangle Art Signature Table is a true statement in what turntables can accomplish for the money.
After years of research into materials, suspension, bearing/platter and motor design, they have come up
with what we feel is a great design at a reasonable cost.
This massive table weights an impressive 250 lbs with a hefty 45lb solid 4” thick platter composed of T6 solid aluminum.
This massive turntable will control all the vibration and resonance allowing the stylus to track the groove at it's best.
The bearing uses a non inverted aluminum ball bearing to support the heavy platter while providing a smooth and quiet operation.
Sonically, what you get is a very musical Turntable yet with explosive dynamics plus the deepest black backgrounds.
With the benefit of the jet-black background, you will hear all the inner details with subtle micro and macro dynamics.
Bass is tight and articulate while it projects a holographic image and a light and airy soundstage.
The 45lb Platter is composed of a special weight aluminum that is 4" thick, this provides a massive foundation for the record.
The new AC Motor is housed inside a seperate 20 lb aluminum motor housing, this is a seperate tower decoupled from the turntable and platter.
The inertia of this motor is transmited very quietly to the platter due to the mass of the turntable, platter, and motor tower.
Both Triangle Art turntables have a digital motor controller to offer exact 33 and 45 rpm speeds.
Triangle Arts Reference Turntable
By Greg Beron, United Home Audio
Manufacturer of the “Golden Ear Award” winning UHA-HQ Reel to Reel tape decks.
This is my first impression of the Triangle Arts Reference Turntable, more comments after some extended listening sessions and of course living with the turntable for a while. Most reviews that you read will tell you all the technical aspects and features of the equipment and then finally how it sounds. I am going to do the opposite; I’m going to give you my listening impressions then why I think the sound follows the form and function of the turntable, seems more logical. Also, I am not going to get into setup on this turntable. I figure if you are buying a $14K table you either are familiar with the idiosyncrasies of high end turntable setup or you have an experienced dealer that can drill and tap an armboard if necessary to get whatever arm you want to use on the table and dialed in.
What will make the sound?
First, it’s important to know the tonearm and cartridge used to interpret the sound I will describe below. For my initial listen session I have mounted the all new Graham Phantom II Supreme 10” tonearm. This is an excellent radial arm at $5,750, plus the Graham tonearm cable with dual runs of solid silver wire fitted with Eichman RCA’s $850. The cartridge is a modestly priced Clearaudio Concerto V2 cartridge $2,750. Please note that my initial listening session was with a new Concerto right out of the box and of course not broken in. One may argue that a table at $14K and arm / cable at $6600 should warrant a more expensive cartridge, however I was attempting to see what a turntable, arm, and cartridge under $25K can really do. You may want to experiment with a more expensive cartridge, for my follow up review I will be using a Clearaudio Titanium V2 Cartridge at $8K, maybe a more suitable price for this rig. I am typically a cartridge quality slightly above the arm cost guy, seems to work best for the buck if you can swing the cost.
How does this rig sound?
With the first LP played, a Jacintha 45rpm of ‘How Long Has This Been Going On’, it was apparent that this rig was different. There was a layer of analog velvet on not only the instruments but on her voice that just seemed “different”. The only way I can describe it was that it was more toward the tonality I hear from Master Tape playback. The soundstage was wide and tall with cymbals especially noted to be suspended in a nice three dimensional sound field. The most impressive thing about the cymbals was that there was clearly movement in the sound off of them, as the drummer hit and slid the drumsticks on the cymbals you could easily hear that movement, very nice. I quickly noticed that there was so much velvet here that I should probably change the loading on the Aesthetix Rhea phono preamp I was using. I checked and the Rhea was loaded at 10K ohms, I was getting a super sound so figuring the cartridge was new, I just left it there. During the next few albums I listened to it was apparent that I “may”have never heard a “new” cartridge sound so damn good. Yes there were the odd confused hard rock guitar wailings on the Led Zeppelin LP one would associate with a cartridge that wasn’t broken in but these were minor and fleeting. However on the new Reference Recording Stravinsky ‘The Firebird Suite/ The Song of the Nightingale’ the subtle passages were fleshed out while the dynamic passages were reproduced with all the slam that you hear with a live orchestra. Certainly no confusion was demonstrated by the “new” Concerto at all. On Jackson Browne’s ‘Running On Empty’ the live sound was captured with great authority and again I did not notice any issues from a new cartridge to speak of. I can only assume that with time and break in of the cartridge this rig will improve.
There is no denying that the Concerto was clearly swinging way above its weight class in this rig. As I played various jazz, classical, and of course some rock and all was sounding just great. A highlight was The Absolute Sound recommended LP, David Crosby’s ‘If I Could Only Remember My Name’. It has some great old hippie music on it and a wonderful giant soundstage. This was reproduced with amazing accuracy on the Triangle Arts table, huge dynamics and such a soundstage, quite enthralling. The dynamics on this table are absolutely first rate, earlier when I said everything had a layer of velvet I do not mean that there is any loss of detail, quite the contrary there is more detail than I could have imagined from a $14K table. I have been an analog guy setting up turntables since the late 60s and have had the luxury of attending many years of the best audio shows. I have heard almost every turntable there is, some at cost no object pricing, $50K, $75K, 100K, whatever and most of these I have actually heard many times. Some of them sound fantastic as you would expect, but friends at $14K the Triangle Arts Reference turntable is a force to be reckoned with. At this initial listening session I will go out on a limb and say that I doubt spending $50K or $70K on “some” (of course not all) of those turntables would really offer any better performance. That’s a big statement for a relatively unknown $14K table. Getting a turntable like the Triangle Arts Reference for only $14,000 will allow you to spend money on your system elsewhere. Be it a better arm, cartridge, or phono preamp, if the turntable is doing a fantastic job at this price add a Clearaudio Goldfinger cartridge ($12K), or a Clearaudio TT2 linear arm ($10K), I bet that would get exciting!
I have on the highest recommendation of Tom Vu of KT Audio Imports also ordered his special record clamp ($800) for the TA Reference; I don’t think I am going to start doubting him at this point. So I will report on that addition for this system in my follow up review. Also I will have the new Clearaudio Titanium ($8000) on the table and broken in before my follow up.
Please feel free to ask me any questions that I can assist with.
Triangle art record clamp $1500
TRIANGLE ART SIGNATURE TURNTABLE
TRIANGLE ART SIGNATURE TURNTABLE
List Price: $12,500
The smaller less expencive Triangle Art Turntable.
Smaller but still employing the technology featured in the Reference table.
Same heavy weight platter
Same heavy motor housing, motor, and motor controller.
Same bearing system.
Smaller plinth / platter base system
The signature uses a massive tonearm tower that is decoupled from the base.
Smaller footprint and while still being massive it is lighter than the Triangle Art Reference table.
At the price of only $9990 it offers many benefits over similarly priced turntables.
Like it's larger brother the Triangle Art Signature turntable offers great dynamics and control, there is a hammer in a velvet
glove effect felt from this turntable. This massive design concept offers extreme isolation from vibration and as well airborne acoustic vibrations
coming from the speakers. The avoidance of outside acoustic vibrations is accomplished by four factors on this turntable.
1.) A massive platter controls vibrations, aided by the heavy Triangle Art record clamp you can securely couple your LP to the platters mass.
This will reduce any outside vibrations influincing your stylus as it attempts to track the record grooves.
2.) The platter is suspended on a quiet precision bearing that keeps the platter weight rotating with the lowest rumble possible.
3.) The motor is decoupled from the base of the turntable, this provides quiet operation with the least rotational noise possible from the motor.
4.) On the Signature Turntable the tonearm is mounted on it's own massive tower that is also decoupled from the turntable base.
With this design the tonearm is not influenced by the rotational forces of the motor or the platter. This allows each component on the turntable system
to work at it's best by seperating functions of the motor, platter, and tonearm operation, into three different towers.
(On the Reference Turntable this design was not used, it was found to be better to lock the tonearm to the sheer mass of the Reference Turntable).
If you bought turntables by the pound these would be some of the most expensive on the market!
But after all is said, it's the sound of the Triangle Art turntables that set them apart from similarly priced turntables.