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Dynavector Systems DV507 mkII BiAxis Dynamic Balance Tonearm

  code:DSDV507MK2
£5,995.00 (FREE UK Delivery)
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Dynavector DV507 mkIII tonearm

The DV507MKII is a bi-axis, inertia controlled, dynamic balance type tonearm and allows any type of cartridge to trace the signal groove with extreme accuracy.

As it is a bi-axis inertia controlled tonearm the DV 507, no matter the type of cartridge can trace the music signal grooves cut in the recording with extreme accuracy. The DV 507 also provides superb trackability on warped recordings. Resolution and musical detailing are quite remarkable.

High precision all stainless steel bearings

The use of precision stainless steel bearings give superb dynamic sensitivity and a stabilised tracking performance without any deterioration through ageing.

Non-contact electro magnetic damper

The use of new type damper with a powerful Neodymium magnet gives better damping and ensures that any adverse effects on tracking performance are minimised.

Large arm lift

A larger arm lift gives a stable lift action which maintains its performance over long periods enabling cartridges to be raised and lowered without stress.

Detachable headshell plug in connector

The use of a new type of plug-in connector ensures that good contact is maintained with the Rhodium coated headshell contact pin during long-term use.

New style headshell and lead wires

The new style headshell is suitable for use with a wide variety of cartridges. It is machined from aluminium alloy and has an EIA standard connector. This allows the cartridge to be rigidly mounted and the azimuth adjustment. pure 6N wire is used in lead wires for the headshell and internal wires of the arm.

High-quality arm cable

A machined aluminium connector is used. The 5 PIN connector conforms to the DIN standard. Double balanced type shield wire and 4NOFC/6N hybrid construction arm cable.

Advantages of Bi-Axis Inertia Controlled Dynamic Balance Type Tonearm

A tone arm is required to operate in two important ways so as to ensure that the cartridge can reproduce faithfully the signal from the record groove.

First, there is the need to support the cartridge so that the transfer of the cantilever motion accurately mirrors the audio signal.

Secondly, it must maintain an excellent tracking ability for warped records since few records are perfectly flat.

These requirements can conflict with each other. However, the bi-axis tonearm provides an effective solution to the problem.

Main Features

Electro Magnetic Damping System for accurate tracking

Arm Lift provided
Easy Height Adjustment
Dynamic Balance Tracking Force Adjuster
Dynamic Damper installed in sub arm
To make the DV 507 MKII compatible with a wide variety of turntables, the overall length and height of the arm have both been reduced compared to the earlier versions. The DV505 and DV501 have enjoyed an excellent reputation in the European audio market since being awarded the Design and Engineering Award at C.E.S. Chicago in 1977,1982 and 1985.

The DV507MKII has important sonic improvements as well as being easier to install and use. It includes all of the technology of our tonearm design developed since the DV505 and 501.

Bi-axis inertia separation for accurate signal reproduction and superb tracking ability

"Bi-axis inertia separation" may sound complex but it simply refers to a tone arm having two arms which operate independently in the horizontal and vertical planes. In contrast, a conventional tonearm has only one arm which moves both horizontally and vertically. This is called a gimbal type tonearm and the inertia for both planes is the same.

The DV507 bi-axis tone arm has a large inertia for horizontal movement and a very small inertia for vertical movement. We shall now explain the reasons why this is advantageous.

It is well known that a cartridge generates an audio signal by the differential motion between the cantilever and the cartridge body. Consequently, if the supporting point of the cartridge (the tonearm) vibrates, the tonearm motion affects the audio signal.

In these conditions, the signal, which causes the tonearm to vibrate is of low frequency and large amplitude.

In the currently used 45-45 stereo record cutting procedure, low frequency signals are almost entirely recorded in a horizontal direction. This means that the low frequency signal, which can cause vibration in the tone arm, exists only as a horizontal force.

The tonearm therefore must have sufficient effective mass and rigidity in the horizontal plane in order to provide a stable platform for the cartridge.

On the other hand, for the mid to high frequencies, the effective mass of the tonearm should not be too large since the combined mass of the cartridge and the head shell need to be taken into account as well. In particular, where records have a warped surface, the vertical effective mass needs to be small enough to ensure a good tracking ability on such surfaces.

To summarise, the tone arm should have a large effective mass and enough damping in the horizontal plane and at the same time a small effective mass in the vertical plane.

These conditions are almost impossible to achieve with a tone arm of conventional design using a simple gimbal pivoting system. To solve the problem, Dynavector designed a bi-axis, inertia controlled tonearm where the shorter and lightweight vertical sub arm is placed at the end of the horizontal main arm. This is the special feature of our design.

With a conventional tonearm, the displacement of the cartridge is much larger than the actual warp on the disc. At times the cantilever does not touch the record surface.

However, the DV507 shows a much better tracking ability because of its low vertical inertia.

Neodymium magnet for eddy current dynamic damping

A non-contact, electro-magnetic damping mechanism has been been designed to prevent sound distortion and poor tracking performance arising from arm resonances induced by low frequencies.
Neodymium magnet for eddy current
dynamic damping

In this system, a curved rod attached to the rear of the arm is mounted in a magnetic field supplied by two powerful neodymium magnets. Any minute movement of the rod, due to an undamped arm resonance, causes an eddy current to be induced in the rod, which in turn interacts with the magnetic field to return the system to its rest state.

As already demonstrated in our DV505 and DV501 arms, this damping system is highly reliable as there is no performance loss with extended use. Expensive Neodymium magnets are employed because of their superior properties and the thicker copper damping plate used gives a much better damping action.

Dynamic Balance Tracking Force Mechanism

The tracking force is applied by a precision spiral spring device. This dynamic balance system maintains an unvarying tracking force regardless of any record warp. Tracking force is easily adjusted by turning a calibrated dial.

Dynamic Balance Tracking
Force Mechanism
High precision, stainless steel bearings are used in the sub arm. By having a long span bearing support, the dynamic sensitivity has been further improved. The vertical shaft to which the sub arm is attached has a smooth bearing action, an important factor for the arm's operation and sound reproduction quality. Thus tracking ability has been significantly improved and the bearing mechanism performance enhanced.

Dynamic Damper in the sub arm
Most tonearms have some frequency response irregularity in the mid-low range at about 100-150Hz. This is called multi-resonance or anti-resonance. To eliminate such unwanted resonances, a dynamic damper has been installed in the bottom of the sub arm. This solution was developed after much theoretical consideration and experimentation.

Ease of handling and operation

A larger arm lift has been provided to ensure ease of operation so that cartridges can be raised and lowered without stress.The arm lift has also been improved to provide long-term stability of performance.

To adjust the VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle of the stylus to the record surface) more easily, a height adjusting lever is provided. The height can be adjusted more precisely than with other systems, within a range of 0 to 7mm.

The anti-skating force is set using a dial indicator. The anti-skating force can be adjusted even while playing a record. A height adjusting lever is provided the anti-skating force is set using a dial indicator

Installation

The overall length of the DV507MKII has been shortened and is now similar to conventional tonearms in spite of its bi-axis design. It is thus easy to install on most turntables.

A fixing hole with a diameter of 29 mm is needed to install the DV507MKII on the turntable board. The distance from the centre of the fixing hole on the arm board to the centre of the turntable spindle should be 226 mm.

Specifications

Type Bi-Axis inertia controlled Dynamic and Eddy Current Damping Dynamic Balance type tone arm
Overall length 306mm. With head shell: max 326 mm
Effective length 241mm (i.e. tonearm pivot point to cartridge stylus point)
Overhang 15mm
Offset angle 21.5 degree
Height 59mm lifts up to 92mm
Height adjustment range 39mm-72mm at sub arm center
Depth 36mm without connecting cable
Optimum cartridge weight 15-35 grams, including headshell
Horizontal tracking angle error -1.1 degree - +2.2 degree , 0 degree at inner band of record, 2.2 degree at outside
Tracking force adjustment range 0-38 grams by 0.2 grams step
Sensitivity Horizontal:less than 50 mgrams, Vertical:less than 40 mgrams
Net weight 1,380 grams
Output connection 5P connector
Headshell connection EIA standards 4 Pin connector
Accessary low resistance (0.046 ohms/m, 54pF/m) high quality arm cable,
milled aluminium headshell weight 15.4 grams.
mounting template for the arm
overhang guage for the headshell

Also available in Black Limited Edition

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