The Agile tonearm comes from an ambitious undertaking: to create a high end tonearm which improves on all that came before it. To achieve this it would have to surpass tough competition from within our own ranks, that of the Enterprise.
To deliver this definitive performance we scrutinised every aspect of design — Design that has been world-leading before* and is now. The Agile has undergone lengthy experimentation to achieve the lowest resonance possible, with every component tested, redesigned and revised to bring you an arm that is truly capable of getting the best from your music.
The thing you first notice is a remarkable increase in definition and clarity. Singers are more tangible. Instruments have more texture. There is less overhang in the bass so the mid-range becomes even more transparent. We are happy to present a high-end tonearm to lead the market and to bring the original sound, that much closer to you.
The Agile improves significantly on the Enterprise by:
Counterweight Fine Adjuster allows you to easily set the tracking force with a high degree of accuracy.
Headshell features improved de-coupling and lightweight finger-lift.
Sophisticated Yoke Decoupling with several additional isolation interfaces from the vertical bearings.
Dual Pivot Bearings. For vertical arm movement, the bearings consist of Ultra-hard tungsten carbide points sitting in hardened and burnished steel cups. This combination not only delivers incredibly low friction levels but is also much more robust than jewelled bearings which tend to shatter under stress. These dual pivots feature a more refined design than arms below the Enterprise which further improves de-coupling. The results are incredible transparency, fluidity and retrieval of fine detail.
Ceramic Bearings. For horizontal arm movement, the ballbearings are upgraded to highly specified ultra-low friction Ceramic bearings.
Precise & Accessible VTA Adjuster. VTA can be adjusted precisely and infinitely using a large diameter calibrated dial. A further advantage is that all adjustments can be carried out above the arm-board (unlike lower arms in the range which demand access below the arm-board).
Falling Weight Side Bias. Tests show this to be the highest performing method of achieving side bias. It has lower friction, better constant force and lower resonance than other alternatives such as magnets, springs, levers and twisted threads.
Internal Wiring is ultra-low loss Silver Hybrid-S version producing greater transparency, detail and freedom from artefacts.
Silver-plated Headshell Clips. At such low signal levels, electrical interfaces can be heard and silver marginally outperforms gold.
Rhodium-plated Single Point RCA Plugs. After testing numerous high-end RCA plugs these were selected for their outstanding performance. Single point contact has the advantage of reducing eddy currents and Rhodium with its ultra-smooth surface seems to provide a better interface for electrical joints.
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