many aspire to the celestial performance heights of the Proteus, which outperforms
cartridges costing twice as much as it does, most of us have real-world
budget constraints that keep our feet planted here on Earth. Well, the newly
updated Axia makes it possible to enjoy quite a bit of that heaven on Earth.
In fact, Transfiguration's entry-level cartridge delivers the heart of the
Transfiguration musical experience. The coherence and seamless phase unity
from top to bottom; the open, natural presentation of tonality and space;
instruments and voices correct in size and timbre...it is all there. In
a high-quality tonearm/turntable combination, the performance of the Axia
can prove truly shocking. In comparison, many competitive cartridges, again,
those costing twice as much or more, come across as disjointed, with high-frequency
details jumping out at the listener or with chest-whacking (albeit mechanical)
bass thumps that draw one's attention away from, rather than into the music.
Some listeners like this sort of technicolor sound-show approach, but, if
you are someone who goes to a lot of concerts, who loves music for the emotional
connection it brings with the performer and those around you sharing the
experience, the music the Axia draws from the LP groove should sound familiar...
instantly recognizable, like a good friend's voice you haven't heard in
a long time. The Axia delivers so much music into the room that one could
easily be more than happy with it in an all-out system. It is that good.
The price may be in the "affordable" class, but the performance
is sheer pleasure.
New Axia - Specifications
body: solid aluminium, non-resonant with deeply cut away sides
cantilever: 0.3mm Æ solid boron
stylus: Ogura PA (3 x 30µm) solid diamond
core/coils: high grade permalloy square core & 4N silver coils
magnetic material: neodymium (rear) and samarium cobalt (front).
output terminals: 1.2mm dia. gold plated (EIA)
output voltage: 0.4mV (3.54cm/s - 1kHz)
internal impedance: 4 ohms ( DC resistance per channel)
frequency response: 10Hz 20kHz + 1.5dB 20kHz 40kHz + 2dB
channel separation: > 27dB (200Hz - 10kHz)
channel balance: < 0.5dB at 1kHz
load impedance: > 4 ohms
tracking ability: > 68µm at a tracking force of 1.8g at 315Hz.
dynamic compliance: 12 x 10 to the minus 6 cm/dyne
recommended loading: > 4 ohms
tracking force range: 1.7 2.2g
recommended tracking force: 2.0 g
optimum working temp: 23º celsius
break in period: min. 40 hours
1. Push pull damping
A special compound has newly been meticulously
designed and fabricated to provide total stylus/coil alignment and control.
It's non-sensitivity to temperature change keeps the damping coefficient
stable and improbes tracing accuracy.
2. Twin coils on the cantilever fulcrum
Minimises dynamic mass and mechanical impedance, enabling instant,
accurate reaction to every groove detail, including the ability to handle
massive transients without overshoot or break-up.
3. Special alloy core for coil assembly
This increases sensitivity by 25dB, improves signal to noise ratio
eliminating a usual source of distortion.
4. Neodymium magnet
to the much higher induced magnetism of the neodymium magnet in the rear
of the double ring magnets, the coil-turns
of the generator have been reduced. It is very helpful to reduce the internal
impedance to 4 ohms, which contributes to the improvement in the solidarity
5. Low mass tip
Ogura PA (3 x 30µm) tip shares many of the advantages of the
flagship MC cartridge "The Proteus". Its function is to reproduce
the character of the original recorded sound - not add or subtract its
6. Anti-resonance cartridge body
The solid cartridge body utilizes both shape and material to create
a totally inert environment for the electromagnetic elements. These elements
are more effectively insulated from arm, turntable and tracing noises,
further reducing any tonal coloration of the music and lessening the illusion
of distracting mechanical noises.