INVICTUS – Best Turntable of the World
It is a singular experience to acquire an Invictus. Visionary art of engineering meets progressive technology. Only the finest materials are used in crafting it by hand. Invictus captivates users with a unique combination of opulence, finesse, dynamic and quality. A product with a personal touch. Discover something that is so unbelievable at first glance: exceptional, rare, and truly individual. The Invictus is your turntable.
The Invictus turntable has been in development for three years. It is the result of intensive research and development by the manufacturers at Acoustic Signature.
This incomparable turntable has been assembled with a total of 479 individual, hand-constructed parts. Up to four tone arms can be added in its construction; the Invictus can be fitted with approximately every tone arm thereby enabling a never before existent flexibility and at the same time fulfilling the highest demands in musicality, rendition and aesthetics.
The base for the Invictus consists of an elaborately shaped lower section optimized in terms of stiffness and low vibration according to the latest knowledge in mechanics and application of finite element methods. A perfectly shaped cover panel is placed over this with the actual Invictus chassis resting on top of it.
Itself is a three dimensional work of art that is capable of perfectly supporting up to four tone arms simultaneously. Soft contours, sloping and round surfaces are arranged here in a never before existent artistic synthesis. Even so, the shape is successful for the function and is not an end in itself.
The 3-tiered aluminum and brass sandwich platter is likewise completely new. It is manufactured to fit precisely in combination with a high damping work. With their vibration absorption, the 54 silencer inserts provide for the last grain of fine tuning – the result: a perfect platter. High damping with high rotation energy. Soundwise, it is very progressive.
Our Tidorfolon bearing allows anyone with an eye for the extraordinary to instantly recognize how this hand-tuned slide bearing has been perfectly formed to guide the platter with approximately no clearance and likewise no friction or sound. Our Tidorfolon bearing is valued and admired by fans and experts all over the world for its precision and its legendary reliability. It is always manufactured with great love for detail and precision in accordance with the best fine mechanical tradition.
The drive system is a very important component for a superior turntable. We have started completely afresh here. The development was influenced by our 20 years of experience. The result is a silencer platter positioned above a cone-shaped sub-platter propelled by a 6-motor drive system. The 6 motors create enormous power for speedy running of the platter. The round assembly surrounding the bearing prevents any pull so that it can be perfectly centered.
We have performed very extensive developmental work for the ‘silent run’ technology in the digital motor controller. In the end, the result compensated for all the hard work. Digital electronics constantly measure the motors and adjust all motors for minimal vibration and the greatest smooth running. Fully automatic and always exact. The result is a drive motor system which you can touch without sensing if the motor is running or not. Satisfactory enough to find its use in Invictus.
The sum of new developments in connection with 20 years of experience in turntable construction has produced a turntable in Invictus which we consider a statement in turntable construction. The Invictus is worthy of comparison to considerably more expensive products. Every single one of my 15 co-workers has brought their best to Invictus.
We had a lot of fun and amazing experiences in listening during our developmental phase, and with personalized installation we would like to ensure that your Invictus plays perfectly in your own rooms.
Aluminium, brass Sandwich
33 and 45 rpm, 78 as option
6 motor drive DSP controller
Sandwich Silencer platter 345 mm
Turntable 143 kg
Stand 168 kg
311 kg total
DIMENSIONS (W/D/H IN MM)
approx. 800 x 730 x 1210 with stand
approx. 800 x 730 x 350 turntable only
ACOUSTIC SIGNATURE INVICTUS TURNTABLE AND TA-9000 TONEARM:
There has been a lot of talk in our magazine recently about things sounding alike. Aside from trivial differences in voicing or nuance it seems we are living in a world in which everything is sonically equal, and that, of course, means that paying a good deal more for something that sounds almost exactly like something else that costs a good deal less is a literal waste of money, or a flamboyant exercise in conspicuous consumption. One of our writers even went so far as to say that rather than buy a very expensive component‚Äîwhich he extolled‚Äîhe would devote such money to charitable causes, as if people with the means to buy such things couldn’t (and don’t) do both. Well, bully for him.
Putting aside the fact that the entire purpose of The Absolute Sound, from Day One, has been to observe and comment on the differences in voicing and nuance among competing products – and that virtually throwing up one’s hands in the face of such differences, large and small, is tantamount to abandoning critical thought – I’m not one who thinks that all contemporary hi-fi products sound alike or that the differences among them are trivial or that spending a lot (assuming you have a lot to spend) on something superior is a form of immorality.
What I do agree with-in so far as this fact plays a role in the everything-sounds-alike school of thinking – is that things have gotten better in hi-fi, and that they’ve gotten better across the board, regardless of price point. What has changed in my view – and it has changed in every type of component from front end to back – is the audibility of distortions. Simply put, noises of all sorts (be they electrical or mechanical) have been reduced, and as a direct result resolution of all sorts and transparency to sources have been increased.
Nowhere is this lowering of noise and increase in resolution more apparent than in front-end components, particularly analog front-end components. People sometimes wonder why, outside of old age and a perverse streak of Luddism, guys like me are still wedded to LPs – or why LPs are currently selling at a faster clip than they were in their heyday. For music lovers, it’s not because LPs have better liner notes or cooler cover art or hipper anti-establishment appeal. It’s because they sound better – which is to say, more beautiful, more exciting, more like the real thing. This was true at the dawn of the Digital Era, and in spite of the many advances that digital sources have made (and they have) it is even truer today.
Perhaps you’d have to be a geezer (like someone we know) to fully appreciate how much more of everything (color, dynamics, detail, dimensionality, presence, sheer musical life) current LP-playback gear is able to retrieve from those fifty-or-sixty-year-old grooves – and consequently how much closer LP playback now comes to the sound absolute – than the very best of yesteryear or, in some cases, yesterday. The lowering of noise (particularly the susceptibility to resonance and vibration) in tables and arms and the consequent better tracing and tracking of contemporary cartridges, which have themselves greatly improved, have revolutionized (and I don’t think that’s too strong a word) LP playback. It is mind-boggling to discover how much you were previously missing on LPs you thought you knew by heart – on LPs you’ve been playing for virtually an entire lifetime – and how far hearing more of what you haven’t heard goes toward creating a more credible illusion of the real thing. It kind of makes you wonder where it’s all going to end‚Äîhow much more music and performance is still hidden in those little canyons of vinyl.
All this brings me to the subject at hand, the Acoustic Signature Invictus turntable and TA-9000 tonearm. Simply put, this ultra-expensive bit of Teutonic engineering is the best record player (by far) that I have heard in my home. And the difference between it and other rivals isn’t trivial or a matter of nuance. READ MORE