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The TA-110 is a product with great benefits for the discerning analogue user. One of the main areas in which it improves over its predecessor (the TA-100) is in the improved use of rubber damping.
Ortofon are true specialists in technical rubber, and all of their specially designed compounds - made in house at their technical rubber facilities in Nakskov, Denmark - are used in many market sectors around the world. The unique compound used in the TA-110 is known particularly for its high vibration dampening properties. Combine this material with Ortofon's extensive knowledge of vibration properties and characteristics, and the application of damping material in the TA-110 helps produce a superlative performance.
The TA-110 is given a precision machined slit in the middle of the aluminium tube and a piece of Ortofon's special vibration damping rubber is inserted into the slit. An armtube without slit and rubber damper is symmetrical in the vertical and lateral planes, with respect to vibrations. By placing a slit in the tube, the TA-110 breaks this symmetry, and then mounting the rubber insert gives the desired damping.
The effects of this process are notable, Please see the below illustration of the stresses in the armtube. The blue color indicates non-stressed areas, and the yellow/orange emphasises the more stressed parts. It is clear, that the TA-110 armtube is a lot less stressed than the standard tube applied in the TA-100:
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