From excellence derives perfection
The star sisters of 2020, Amber and Rose, continue to sing with welcoming praise and interesting trades: Airtight Supreme, Lyra Titan, Dynavector XV1S, and Ikeda, to name a few. The price to greater than expected performance makes these twins a pleasant surprise. Simply stated, "the Amber just made everything better."
In a three-part video, Allnic's KS Park discussed different technologies with respect to vinyl music reproduction. The magnetic coil cartridge is basically a generator or a dynamo that converts the vibration from the groove to electric signals. The machine that cuts the grooves at the LP is the cutter head and is not a generator but a motor. The motor converts electrical energy into kinetic energy, which essentially is the opposite of a generator. The grooves are, in essence, stored potential energy. Cutter heads used in pressing vinyl are difficult to engineer, and few manufacturers do. Also, cutter heads have almost the same structures, regardless of manufacturer. This has to do with the complex nature of the vibration energy.
Like speakers, cutter heads are composed of magnets and voice coils. As the voice coils move left and right, the chisel cuts the groove accordingly. So the most ideal magnetic coil cartridge has the same structure as the cutter head, minimizing distortion.
So this style of cartridge design emulates the cutter head, and the left and right channel signals are reproduced by only vertical moments. Each channel is offset perpendicular to the other, whereby the left channel signals go into the left wall of the groove, and the right channel signals to its respective right wall of the groove. Essentially the cartridge tracks the groove as the cutter head did.
This culmination of insight dawns the Amber and Rose. Allnic's Kang Su Park has spent over half his career experimenting with, innovating, and introducing new moving coil cartridge designs, and the new Amber and Rose MC cartridges are the culmination of a final six-month, laboriously intensive, collaborative endeavor between Mr. Park and David Beetles of Hammertone Audio. As I followed their trials and tribulations - experiments with damper compounds, compliance, impedance, voltage output and resonance characteristics - my eager anticipation grew, knowing what passionate energy and extensive knowledge and expertise this project entailed. The outcome could only be fantastic, and the feedback about the Amber and Rose siblings from testers, and now purchasers, has exceeded my most optimistic expectations.
Where these two stand out from their predecessors is an increase in compliance allowing use with medium mass tonearms. This was achieved through a local Korean rubber supplier providing a unique compound not found from the usual world’s rubber suppliers, both supple enough to keep this blindingly fast cartridge in the groove and pliable enough to elevate the compliance. In addition, experiments with different materials treatments of the aluminum body have resulted in improved damping that enhances the relationships among all the elements of construction.
At the professional level of every sport, the peak performance capabilities of the star athletes are almost the same. This pair of siblings is no different. Each demonstrates its own strengths, but both exhibit a degree of unparalleled excellence in their respective playing fields. The dual magnet design common to both these cartridges emulates the LP cutting lathe’s cutter head providing outstanding signal separation, air, and delicate nuances. The sound of the Amber is deep, spacious, layered with organic weight, and life-size with great energy demonstrated through timing and rhythm. Dynamics and bass resolution are to envy for any manufacturer. The Fritz Gyger stylus and Boron cantilever combine to reduce record groove noise and provide excellent tracking.
The Rose has an Aluminum cantilever and a different cartridge body treatment, with similar sonic qualities as the Amber maintaining great pace and rhythm while providing slightly less upper-end energy, overall warmer presentation, and accelerated dynamics -- proving to be a favorite among those passionate about classical music.
The Rose offers lovely resolution, texture, and a correct sense of space. Very quiet in the grove. For systems on the slightly aggressive or thin side, this is the perfect source that possesses strengths the Amber does not have.
You will definitely want to hear the Olympic-level performances of these two new “track stars” from Allnic’s analog audio master, KS Park!
The Amber and Rose are $4500 and $2900 respectively and in stock. This value is further emphasized when paired with the final production run of the H-1202! Only 5 left and at special pricing is the most popular sale item. Trades encouraged and package prices offered. Please see our Demo and Trade page for special pricing. Email or call with questions or check availability. New reviews for 2021 are at their editors and the pieces are ready to be appreciated!