Welcome to the superb ASCONA
We set out to design a new milestone in turntable performance, an ‘ultimate’ high mass turntable, but still elegant and stylish. The Ascona has been designed using our considerable in-house design knowledge and development expertise built up over 17 years. The Ascona story starts with the platter on which the record sits – because we know that the perfect turntable requires a resonance free platter rotating perfectly, with great stability. A very high mass platter is the answer, but needs designing carefully to achieve the desired result, high mass on its own is not enough.
Then there is the motor to perfectly rotate the platter and the ‘arm board’ to perfectly hold the arm – all needed radical re-thinking to achieve our goal – the best sounding turntable we have ever produced, the best turntable ever perhaps?
Here are the technical features that make the Ascona so good: The chassis is milled out from a 70mm thick block of aluminium and forms part of the integrated turntable ground-plate. Combined with the new platter the Ascona has a weight of 80kg. We grind the surfaces by hand, a lengthy but essential process to achieve visual perfection.
More ways to amaze. The new ASCONA is a consequent developed new design. It’s all combined with the award-winning performance, elegance, convenience and comfort that have made the mass turntable Series so successful. Get ready to experience of the Thunder Series – now perfectly suited to your own unique style. Perfect surface quality combined with the latest technology and flexibility. The full turntable assembly sits on a 35mm thick Aluminum ground plate. Here the feet’s for the Chassis and the motor are mounted. the Ascona includes the most exclusive version of our Silencer platter.
The Ascona employs 30 small Silencer’s on the very outer diameter of the platter; we needed to increase the platter diameter to nearly 350mm to achieve this. A further 24 larger Silencers are used within the body of the platter. The tone arm mounting plates are adjustable. The mounting of any desired tone arm is possible, with a maximum of 2 tone arm mounting plates on one turntable. Three adjustable feet for simple macro and micro adjustments to level the turntable.
|Total weight||ca. 78 kg|
Like me (up until six months ago), most of you have probably never heard of the German turntable manufacturing firm Acoustic Signature, its brilliant chief engineer and CEO Gunther Frohnhfer, or its beautiful, massive (176 pound), $34k flagship turntable, the Ascona. In Europe and Great Britain, I’m told, it’s quite a different story. AS tables have been highly praised for their superb engineering (this is a German hi-fi product, after all), their unbelievably precise and solid build-quality (ditto), and, of course, their sound. Before I talk about that sound, a few design highlights, starting with the Ascona’s platter (called by AS the SilencerPlatter3). Frohnhfer, who is an electrical engineer, set a very high goal for his top-of-the-line table: eliminating the impact of structure- borne vibration, airborne vibration, and bearing noise by removing resonance at all frequencies, and increasing the rotating mass of the platter to aid stability.