Rather, it’s exceptionally even-handed and balanced in its presentation and sounds sublime across a wide range of music. An immensely high resolution measuring instrument, it is nevertheless consummately musical and organic sounding. A real ‘fit and forget’ product, no matter what you play, it just dissolves away.
Compared to more affordable Origin Live tonearms, there’s an obvious increase in transparency, and with it a heightened sense of realism. Music sounds more natural and less processed, as if a bright light has been shone on the recording and it’s there in front of you, in all its glory. Yet it confers an uncanny smoothness on the music, too; there’s a wonderful sense of ease and rhythmic ebb and flow. Bass is yet more powerful and defined than Illustrious, which is no small feat. Vocals shimmer with natural timbre, and stereo imaging is almost holographic.
Hybrid arm tube composed of 5 materials, for superb energy dissipation Ultra-low friction dual-pivot bearings for optimum treble performance Floating vertical bearings decouple the armtube from the deck, reducing coloration High strength aircraft alloy headshell for increased dynamics Internal high grade copper Litz wire with gold-plated copper beryllium cartridge tags Silver Hybrid external arm cable Copper Harmony single point contact RCA plugs for high conductivity and minimal eddy currents Integral VTA adjustment Fits all Rega armboard cutouts – old style threaded base or new 3-point mounting
“It builds on a very accomplished design and takes it – probably – about as far as it can go. The result is a wonderfully easy, open and even sound that has the uncanny ability to pull you into the music rather than tell you how good it is in microscopic detail.” Read the full review >
“I have bought the arm sent for review and am now in a seventh heaven of completely rediscovering my substantial, well looked after music collection.” Read the full review >
“It merits the highest of recommendations and is the obvious choice for Most Wanted Component of the Year. Simply, the Conqueror is in a class by itself.” Read the full review >
“Stunning. Space prohibits me from detailing every improvement I spotted over the Illustrious, and every difference I heard against the SME Series IV, but suffice to say that this is one of the very best tonearms yet made by anybody.” Read the full review >
“”Having definitively surpassed what many consider to be the best tonearm in the world, I expect the Conqueror to be in permanent residence in my reference system.” Read the full review >