Woodpecker

 

The idea

...was built out of customers‘ enquiries. Most peoples‘ association of a turntable is a wooden box, platter and tonearm - that‘s it. And here we go: Have a look at our idea of such a design. With the very high level of performance already given from the older models the only difference should be the appearance.

The mission

...was not simple. From the very beginning it was clear that we want to excel our older products transferring their virtues into a traditional chassis. So we were looking for new ways to reach this goal and get the results we were looking for …

After a lot of refinement we found a way to get correct interaction of only one mass layer with the chassis. At the same time our focus was on „ease of use“ with features like the sliding armbase with pivot-spindle scale. This approach allows you to change tonearms within a couple of minutes and imagine how easy it can be to set up a tonearm this way …

The result

...is a new design on its own - timeless elegance meets excellent sound. Refining our well-proven bearing design, platter and high torque motor, we bettered the virtues of our old models in a compact chassis. Needless to say that motor electronics was newly developped from scratch to match this new approach in a perfect way.

The sound

...will leave you stunned – no matter which tonearm you are planning to use (the sliding-base allows you to mount nearly all available tonearms from 9 up to 12 inches). Relax, listen to pure music and forget about the technology behind.


Technical data

  • belt drive turntable
  • quick-release system for tonearms/armboards
  • integrated Protractor for cartridge/tonearm alignment (optional)
  • dimensions: 480 mm x 380 mm x 140 mm
  • armboard: 205 - 300 mm pivot-spindle (9 - 12 inch eff. length)
  • weight: 13,5 kg (chassis), 18 kg (without tonearm)
  • warranty: 2 years (chassis and electronics), 5 years (bearing)

Gallery

Woodpecker Detail 1Woodpecker Detail 2Woodpecker Detail 3

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Blackbird

 

The idea

...was obvious. The design of the smaller brother has a special appeal to build a turntable a little bigger in size. There are lots of vinyl lovers who wish to run two tonearms on one deck - here we go! We did not only make a simple upscale but set a new course in terms of ease of use.

The mission

...was to enhance the technical base of the Woodpecker to push forward the sound quality. Running two tonearms was a requirement but we also implemented some new ideas on the drive. We refined the controller software to drive two motors simultaneously in a kind of master-slave configuration.

Putting the two motors in a 180° position around the bearing cancels out all reactive forces that could cause gyration of the platter. As a free add-on we achieve a better randomization of wow & flutter less disturbing the hearing process and lower bearing rumble at the same time.

The result

...is an enhanced sovereignty in sound - excellent measurements and a timeless elegance combined with absolute ease of use. As a world‘s first we have integrated a dedicated Protractor that is blindingly simple in use. You will be amazed how easy setup of your cartridge can be.

The sound

...sovereign, dynamic, powerful and neutral at the same time. No matter which tonearm you are planning to use. Relax and take a trip into the fascination of music knowing that not even the smallest detail on the black gold is being kept back.

Forget about technical details, enjoy the music in all its grace!


Technical data

  • belt-drive turntable, 2 motors, 2 tonearms
  • quick-release system for tonearms/armboards
  • integrated Protractor for cartridge/tonearm alignment
  • dimensions: 530 mm x 420 mm x 150 mm
  • armboard right: 205 - 320 mm pivot-spindle (9 - 13 inch eff. length)
  • armboard left (optional): 205 - 240 mm pivot-spindle (9 - 10 inch eff. length)
  • weight: 17,5 kg (chassis), 22 kg (without tonearm)
  • warranty: 2 years (chassis and electronics), 5 years (bearing)

Gallery

Blackbird Detail 1Blackbird Detail 2Blackbird Detail 3Blackbird Detail 4

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Firebird

 

The idea

...based on our previous experience with Woodpecker and Blackbird Turntables we have refined our applied concepts. The ability to handle two 12 inch tonearms was one of the principle design parameters along with simplifying the turntable setup and alignment procedures. We also focused on the visual perspective as well with evolutionary refinements in our form factor, fit and finish and presence. From a tonal standpoint the Firebird represents the pinnacle of the DFA product line, it is truly our new reference turntable.

The mission

...was not to simply modify the electronics used from the Woodpecker and Blackbird – that would have been to simple, no, instead we started from scratch with all new electronics. We developed a much more sophisticated type of hardware and completely rewrote our software, taking multi-motor-turntable operation to a never before seen level. Not to worry though, this new technology will also be integrated into our current Woodpecker and Blackbird tables, thus elevating their performance as well.

Running on three motors we chose the only geometrical configuration that really makes sense – the equilateral triangle. As we have already shown with the Blackbird, the positive effects of reduced drag force on the bearing is bettered by the triangle configuration as it also stabilizes the bearing/platter assembly by cancelling out all acting forces. All tendencies of gyration are effectively eliminated. Combined with our all new bearing with 80% reduced area of contact - which will also be fitted to the Woodpecker and Blackbird models - we achieve much lower friction causing less rumble and improving the wow & flutter even more …

The result

...timeless elegance paired with perfect measurements. Ease of use at a new level that improves upon the experience from our smaller models. Easier to set up as we also designed new feet that allow a much wider range of leveling capability along with improved sonics. In addition we have also implemented and improved our well known built-in Protractor TT for setting up tonearms and cartridges. An all new and more refined armboard-design that makes assembly even easier than before with enhanced accuracy. You‘ll be amazed at how simple it is to achieve the best performance.

The sound

...pitch black background paired with pure dynamics, both macro and micro. Power and stability meets neutrality. Whatever your choice of tonearm/cartridge is – the Firebird will reveal the most you can get out of it opening new horizons for your listening pleasure.

You will be completely confident that nothing is being held back. Sit back, relax, leave all discussions about the technical aspects behind you and just enjoy the music …

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Technical data

  • belt-drive turntable, 3 motors, 2 tonearms
  • quick-release system for tonearms/armboards
  • integrated Protractor for cartridge/tonearm alignment
  • dimensions: 560 mm x 460 mm x 160 mm
  • right arm-slot: 205 - 345 mm pivot-spindle (9 - 14 inch eff. length)
  • left arm-slot (optional): 205 - 300 mm pivot-spindle (9 - 12 inch eff. length)
  • weight: 23 kg (chassis), 29 kg (w/o tonearm)
  • warranty: 2 years (chassis and electronics), 5 years (bearing)

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