Supatrac blackbird is a new turntable tone arm with an evolved bearing design (patent in process) which outperforms traditional tone arms.
Blackbird is a new turntable tone arm with an evolved bearing design (patent in process) which outperforms traditional tone arms.
Sideways Uni-Pivot Arm (SUPA)
Supatrac blackbird's sideways uni-pivot bearing directly opposes stylus drag at a single point of contact, avoiding bearing chatter, slippage, and any play in the time axis.
Whatever the temperature, and however old your Supatrac bearing, it has no gap and shouldn't rub during use. Supatrac's zero tolerance bearing is immune to heat, wear, and lubricant decay. Supatrac's bearing is designed not to deteriorate with age.
Despite the robustness of Supatrac's zero-tolerance bearing, if you want the peace of mind of factory-fresh parts, you can replace the pivot point in less than two minutes without dismantling your turntable.
It's vinyl's dirty secret that hot signals increase stylus drag, producing oscillating vertical torque around the tone arm's pivot. Supatrac tracks a little firmer when the going gets rough by increasing downforce during loud dynamics, all but eliminating the raspy sound of mistracking which has plagued vinyl playback for a century.
Time Axis Uni-Pivot
Supatrac is designed to be rigid in the axis which matters: the groove's time axis. It never skips a beat, never smoothes over a detail, and never wastes the raw energy of the musical signal. The single point tungsten bearing directly opposes oscillating drag forces from the cartridge so slipping and timing errors don't confuse the retrieval of music.
Supatrac blackbird is designed to be lightweight and stable, fitting almost any turntable including classics like Linn, Technics, Garrard, Rega and many more. The arm suspension obstructs the freedom to roll in the azimuth axis which can compromise ordinary uni-pivot arms.
The first blackbird
has been sold and installed on a Technics SL-1000R, and more arms are in production. Contact Supatrac
if you would like to register your interest
in buying a Blackbird
during the half-price introductory offer (planned retail price £1500, half price offer £750).
For more information please contact Supatrac
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