Drive–The Perfect Turntable
Genuin Drive is a turntable that makes itself acoustically invisible. The main goal of its development was to avoid the addition of vibrations that are not originally present on the vinyl. This high-end record player does not have a sound, but a single task: to reproduce music in its pure form without any distortion.
For this purpose, it is essential to keep the extremely fragile process of record tracking away from all harmful external influences – whether it’s impact noise or any form of resonance. Such overlapping of the actual music signal leads to the music unfolding unnaturally. In order to avoid these impairments, the record must be “calmed” during the playback process. That’s what the Genuin Audio drive does. With impressive results – you now hear pure music.
Torsion Bar Concept
The drive is based on a sub chassis design, in which three torsion bars carry the suspension. Each of the three height-adjustable spring elements can be individually tuned to an identical resonant frequency of the sub chassis-independent of the respective load of the three spring positions. This avoids uncontrollable tumbling movements of the sub chassis. The turntable immediately returns to its default position after an impulse. The feared repeated oscillation of the sub chassis drive does not take place here.
Each of the three bearings consists of a base plate that is pivoted on the plate made of artificial stone. The tensioned torsion spring consists of two superimposed spring plates made of high-precision spring material. The twisting produces the required spring force and the friction between the two spring plates during the twisting produces the desired damping, so that vibrations quickly decay. The rubber element connects the spring arm to the sub chassis and ensures a coordinated horizontal guidance. Once it has been set at the factory, the position of the sub chassis in the housing never changes again.
The sub chassis, made of high-damping, foamed aluminium material, is a carrier for the plate bearing, the motor unit and the arm board. The motor unit and the arm board are each mounted via rubber composite elements and made of artificial stone. Both are coupled to the sub chassis via high-attenuation material to eliminate vibrations. The drive motor is intentionally positioned on the sub chassis to connect the platter and the drive as firmly as possible together. The base of the record player is a sandwich made of MDF and artificial stone with an intermediate damping layer of cork. The artificial stone slab carries the three torsion bar spring bearings and is screwed to the outer housing, which is made of MDF.
These measures have been taken to produce multiple damping effects by combining different materials at as many (contact) points as possible. The potentially harmful external influence of the drive itself on the vinyl reproduction is eliminated. This concept continues with the platter. It is a sandwich construction consisting of two artificial stone washers with a dampening intermediate layer. The bearing for the platter is a 10mm slide bearing with axial bearing over a steel ball on a support plate made of Delrin.
The three independently adjustable torsion spring elements are mounted on the base plate. At the factory, the drive is aligned to a resonance frequency of 4.5 – 5 Hz. However, the height adjustment can be adjusted from below the floor of the Drive if additional weights such as pucks affect the position of the sub chassis.
The platter is driven by a synchronous motor via a round belt. The belt tension can be varied within a range of ±5 mm. In this way, the ratio of the musical drive and the smoothness can be adapted to your own preferences. Both of these are set on the top of the unit. There is also a keypad with illuminated buttons for on/off and speed selection. The two speeds 33 1/3 and 45 rpm can be adjusted by means of a potentiometer on the back of the Drive. The motor is driven by an internal motor control, while the power supply is by means of an external power supply.
The Premotec engine is bolted onto a motor carrier made of POM, which in turn is pivoted on the engine board made of artificial stone. The entire motor board is bolted to the sub chassis by means of three rubber compound elements, with an additional damping element between the sub chassis plate and the artificial stone plate effectively dampening the engine vibrations.
The turntable Drive has a congenial partner in Genuin Audio’s tonearm Point. The tonearm is screwed to the arm board with its base tube of 18 millimetres by means of a massive pressure plate and an M8 screw, which is of particular importance for a “crisp”, sharply accentuated reproduction. In this way, again, sound-damaging influences by externally applied vibrations are avoided.
The high-quality LEMO socket, which connects the tonearm cable to the balanced XLR or RCA jacks, is integrated into the arm board. The high-quality cable was wired all the way through to reduce interference points. It is ready for the perfect partner – the Genuin Audio MC cartridge Sting.
A Genuin Drive can be manufactured in different versions for you. Depending on the customer’s requirements, the Drive includes, in addition to the motor control, the tonearm Point, the cartridge Sting or the integrated phono preamp Pearl with symmetrical signal routing for MC cartridges and a variety of setting options.
An attractive package price is offered for this complete version.