Esoteric’s launch of the Grandioso T1 turntable commemorates the 35th Anniversary of the brand’s legacy.
The Grandioso T1 offers 10MHz Clock Sync capability for the motor drive unit and a 3-piece independent chassis configuration.
It features a contact-free drive mechanism, the “Esoteric MagneDrive System,” which inductively synchronises the rotations of a magnetic driver and platter, realising a quiet and silky-smooth rotation at an extraordinarily accurate rotation speed.
Esoteric’s contact-free drive system “Esoteric MagneDrive System” Magne-Float platter reduces spindle bearing friction by lowering the platter’s effective mass from 19kg to approximately 4kg.
It consists of 3 separated units: the central, the motor, and the power supply. A high-quality VCXO motor driver ensures precise platter rotation. The Micrometer knob on the front panel provides the fine-tuning capability for sonic characteristics by adjusting the strength of magnetic force applied from the magnetic driver to the platter.
A triple-layer chassis made of Aluminium and wood controls vibration. The mid-chassis is applied with high gross piano lacquer, while the isolation feet have a special damping mechanism that eliminates external vibration.
The M1X’s chassis optimally controls any vibrations that may affect the sound quality to achieve the absolute design goal of “Master Sound Reproduction”.
Power is supported by Esoteric’s largest-ever power supply, which occupies the space of approximately 60% of the unit’s internal components. The 3,000VA/19kg main power transformer has been further refined in terms of rectification capability by implementing a heavier winding gauge. In addition, high-capacity Esoteric custom capacitors with a total capacity of 60,000μF have been adopted to refine the amplifier’s signature high-quality tone.
The incorporation of a dedicated power supply unit for the pre-drive stage (voltage amplification stage) handles extremely low-level signals from the preamp.
All 24 transistors on the drive stage are controlled to be at the same temperature for total balance and stability, and the phase compensation circuit employs a simple single-pole configuration, which also allows the final stage to be coil-less. With its minimalist circuitry philosophy, it maintains the harmonics (overtones) that are most important to music, but are often easily lost, and draws them out with rich expression.
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