Our turntable event was a great success. 50 to 60 people attended. People were amazed at how good the sound was on the Altair system using the Air Force turntables. Many commented that it was by far the best analog they had ever heard. Six of our many turntables offered were on display from under $300 complete, to about $130,000 complete with arm cartridge and cable. All of these tables remain on display, so if you missed the event come on in and give a listen any time or plan to attend one or both of our two spin sessions, this Thursday (April 30) and next Thursday (May 7).
The stars of the show were the Air Force One and Two turntables. This is the first time these tables have been shown to a general audience in the United States. The Sound Environment is the first, and at this point, only dealer in the United States. Most believe the Air Force One is the best turntable made. Below are a couple of comments from some of our guests that attended.
“Yesterday was truly over the top! I had been under the impression that I had a good analog system, and it’s not bad, but not even close to the Air Force setups… I will survive, but with loss of innocence…”
– Doug R.
“The equipment setup, the demo, and most importantly the MUSIC was the best I’ve ever heard from an analog audio system. What a thrill it was to demo the AF1 and AF2, which are truly state of the art, along with other associated state of the art electronics, speakers and accessories. The musicality, emotion and stability of high end analog that many of us strive for in our own systems, was fully realized by the equipment and your setup last Thursday – well done and congratulations!”
– Corey J.
Robert Graham for Graham Engineering, maker of the Phantom III and Phantom Elite tonearms, presented his tonearms and the Air Force turntables.
Stirling Trayle, one of the country’s most adept turntable setup experts, did the final painstaking setup of the tonearms and cartridges. While these arms and cartridges are good to start with, in the context of the Air Force turntables, the final tweak is essential. It took Sterling hours to get where we wound up. If you buy an Air Force One in the United States you will get Stirling at no extra charge. You can also hire Stirling direct for $1500 for a day plus travel expenses. See Stirling’s website HERE.
These turntables are not inexpensive but are at the pinnacle of a long tradition of turntable building by one of Japan’s elite people involved in this craft.
Many things make the Air Force turntables exceptional. Among them is certainly the air isolation of the entire turntable, the air bearing of the platter and the vacuum hold down of the record. The entire Air Force One turntable weighs in at 174 pounds.
Our ultimate record player includes the Air Force One turntable, the Graham Phantom Elite tonearm, and the Lyra Atlas moving coil cartridge together with Nordost Valhalla phono cable and a custom HRS M3X isolation base. The phono preamp used at our event was the VTL TP6.5.
Harmonic Resolution Systems Stands and Isolation Bases
Brad O’Toole, representing HRS, widely regarded as the best available component stand, answered questions about these platforms and stands. We believe that the custom HRS MXR isolation platform is an essential component of any record playing system involving the Air Force One or Two turntables. We have all three of the HRS stands on display as well as all the HRS Isolation Bases. Platform prices start at $1350.
Mike Marko presented Nordost cable products. We used Nordost Odin in the in the Air Force/ VTL/Rockport Altair system. Nordost and Transparent cables are always in use at The Sound Environment.