I found Tri Mai of Triplanar lounging in the On A Higher Note room at CES, showing off his new Ultimate U12 tonearm. Triplanar has always been known for creating functional works of art, with just about every known variable of performance and configuration available as an adjustment. The new arm, offered at a rather startling $9,800, has a sleek, elegant look. All the bits are finely machined and have a natural, easy and flowing movement. If that's ringing the "Swiss watch" bell for you, well, you're not alone. Nice kit, there.
What you get for that is a 12″ carbon fiber wand with coaxial damping and pure silver internal wiring. The new arm nets you a 27% in “angular error reduction” over a 9″ tonearm (17% over a 10″). Just about everything on the ‘arm has been tweaked and adjusted for lower resonance and better damping.
- Type: Gimbal avionic bearings
- Effective length: 308.8mm
- Pivot-to-spindle distance: 296.2mm
- Overhang: 12.6mm
- Offset angle: 17.28º
- Effective mass: 13g
- Bearing offset angle: 17.28º