I love tonearm design – almost as architecture, or rather when great architects turn their genius on to solving industrial design issues. Inevitably, a great design reflects not only a mechanical competence and inherent respect for function, but it also reflects a design competence and a respect for form. Great solutions always seem elegant, and by that I mean gracefully simple. So it seems with Viv Labs’ tone-arm, designed and manufactured in Yokohama, Japan (as an unrelated matter: also my wife’s birthplace).
There’s a lot going on with this new arm, far more than meets the eye, it seems. However, its prime directive can be stated as “unrestricted movement meets ultimate rigidity” – said to be the yinyang/seesaw of the tonearm world. And while I’m not sure how true that is as a practical matter, it’s certainly a bugaboo handed down from the theoreticians that have bothered to lend thought to the matter. And so Viv Labs have provided us, at the very least, with some manner of testing various and sundry assumptions about tone-arm performance parameters using their really quite lovely design they call “Rigid Float” – reflecting, as a matter nomenclative to the prime directive itself.
Stereo Times’ Stephen Yan runs this beauty through its paces …
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