TONEARM FLUID DAMPER FOR
KAB began its start with the SL-1200 in 1994 with our Broadcast Standard version which featured 78 RPM. We were the first to introduce the SL-1200 to Audiophiles, with the introduction of the TD-1200 tonearm fluid damping system in 2000. Yes, that's 18 years ago!
Now, in 2018 there is a brand new line of Technics 1200's factory made just for Audiophiles. And in paying homage to the newly introduced SL-1000R, KAB introduces the TD-1000 Fluid damper.
The best tonearms use fluid damping. Now your Technics can have this desirable feature. The TD-1000 consists of a precision machined trough, tonearm paddle, and special Silicone fluid. Installs easily in minutes.
The paddle rides in the fluid controlling sudden movements of the arm. It also helps suppress sound vibration within the tonearm tube. Improves tracking on warps, and tracing of minute details. You will hear better bass and clearer vocals and a sound stage that stands dead still in the room. Works great at all speeds including 78 RPM. True worldclass performance. Fits all of the new models, SL-1000R, SL-1200G, GAE & GR, 1500C & MK7
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All tonearms oscillate at the arm - cartridge resonant frequency. This causes the speakers to move in and out modulating the soundstage. Fluid damping stabilizes this behavior and brings greater stability to the soundstage. Your amplifiers are also over reacting to this very low frequency signal and that can cause even more problems.
It would be better if we could call this behavior "Dynamic Rigidity" for that better describes what is happening. Functionally when a tonearm reacts to the resonant frequency it produces a peak of output energy. This is seen as woofer pumping which is essentially the stylus over reacting to a small warp in the records surface. Fluid damping stops the stylus from over reacting. That is what is "damped". It all occurs at frequencies below 10 hz and has no impact whatsoever on audible dynamics. In other words, do not confuse damping of resonance with damping of dynamics they are not related in any way. In fact fluid damping enhances sonic dynamic behavior by allowing the stylus to follow the groove with greater accuracy.
Above 10 Hz the arm is seen to be even more rigid at any single point in time and as a result the stylus traces the groove with even more precision. The biggest sonic effect is to make the sound stage more "Still". This can be subtle to some, overwhelming to others. It all depends on your listening priorities.
In summary, reproduction is more lifelike with damping then without.
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The really great features to take note of with the KAB TD-1000 Tonearm Fluid Damper are the improved sonics and tonearm response.
The tonearm handles better under manual cueing. The needle tracks warps without ever leaving the surface, even at 78 RPM. Tracking of shallow groove records like vintage Pathes, is no longer a nightmare. Many repeat skips will now continue unabridged.
In use, the damping is attenuating the low frequency "arm - cartridge " resonance. This lets the arm mate with a wider array of cartridges while providing consistent deep bass performance.
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