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Site last published: 2018-12-23
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Listening to the sound of tiny screws is a vital part of Helmut Brinkmann's daily routine. Seriously. It is Brinkmann's conclusion that everything has an influence on sound even though there may not be (for now at least) a scientific explanation. True story…
One day, as Helmut Brinkmann was looking through his microscope, he noticed that the three tiny screws which serve to adjust the cantilever on an EMT cartridge were made of steel. He then asked himself whether a magnetizable material so closely surrounded by powerful magnets was really that clever of a design idea. One by one, he replaced these tiny steel screws with ones made of aluminum, brass, nylon, titanium, and many other even more exotic materials. Next, he spent countless weeks performing critical listening tests. As the listening sessions progressed, he became more and more astounded by just how much the sound quality changed as he replaced such a seemingly trivial element. After all, these very tiny screws measure just a mere 1mm in diameter! At the end of his exhaustive research, he concluded that the sound resembled the original most closely when only one of three screws was replaced by a model manufactured of titanium.
The design philosophy of Brinkmann is that good design is the reduction of the ingredients to their most essential and that every one of these ingredients has an influence on sound.
No wonder then that Brinkmann turntables are so highly coveted.
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BARDO 7700 (Tone arm and Cartridge not included)
Inspired by the design of the top of the line La Grange and Balance, the BARDO features the magnetic direct drive turntable. The photo shows the standard BARDO with the magnetic motor drive and the platter of the Oasis turntable, with an acrylic platter top as well as the standard small metal housed power supply.
It can also be purchased in 3 possible upgrade stages.  
Upgrade stage 1 features the metal cased power supply that is used for the Balance and LaGrange turntables instead of the standard power supply. The result is a more defined bass response and a wider room imaging.  
Upgrade stage 2 features a glass platter mat and a record clamp instead of the black acrylic platter mat that is shown in the picture. This results in a finely extended dynamic resolution.  
Upgrade stage 3 is the combination of upgrade stages 1 and 2 giving the BARDO nearly the bandwidth and dynamic resolution of our big turntables.  
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OASIS 13000 (Tone arm and Cartridge not included)
The most prominent feature of the OASIS turntable is its direct drive mechanism. The drive mechanism consists of a ring shaped permanent magnet contained in the platter's bearing and four air-cored inductors on the OASIS's chassis plate. These inductors are adjusted and driven with utmost precision to different phase angles. Thus, the ensuing magnetic field rotates the platter. These are not the 'direct drive' turntables of the 1970s and 1980s. The OASIS uses a precision bearing that is capable of smoothing out minuscule speed variation resulting in a rotational smoothness unimaginable with the earlier designs.
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BALANCE 24500 (Tone arm and Cartridge not included)
The heaviest turntable (33Kg) keeps on running and running and running... with legendary quietness. Since its introduction in 1984, the BALANCE combines timeless beauty, highest sound quality and perfect build quality. The basic design has remained the same but in the best Brinkmann tradition the turntable has seen continuous evolution and sonic optimizations. Hence today the turntable is state of the art in terms of aesthetics and technology – as it has always been – while sounding better than ever. This is the BALANCE, the perennial award winner and Brinkmann flagship.
BALANCE 2 29500 (Tone arm and Cartridge not included)
The latest addition to the Brinkmann lineup is the Balance 2. As its name suggest it is provisioned to accommodate 2 tone arms. The 4 phase (4 times 90°) Sinus motor of the Balance enables a very smooth rotation without cogging.  
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SPYDER with one arm mount 13900
each additional arm mount 2900
(Tone arm and Cartridge not included)
The Spyder is a bold design statement that establishes new standards of versatility while advancing Brinkmann’s commitment to ultimate sonic performance. This daring design accommodates up to FOUR 9”-12” tonearms and allows maximum flexibility of placement regardless of the number of ‘arms installed. Spyder utilizes heated bearing and bespoke Sinus motor—both Brinkmann exclusives—developed for the flagship Balance. Also pioneered in the Balance, Brinkmann’s proprietary, zero-maintenance hydrostatic bearing and their largest solid state power supply endow the Spyder with unrivalled musicality and vanishingly low noise. The 22-lb. alloy/crystal platter ensures speed stability and wide dynamics through the most complex musical passages and prevents dirt and dust from damaging your records.
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Tone Arm 10.5 6250
The 10.5 is considered one of the best tonearms in the world and is used as a reference by magazines and reviewers alike throughout the world. The 10.5 is a true all around tonearm. With a dynamic mass of 12 grams, it works well with any modern cartridge and with 10.5'' length it is still short enough for most turntables designed for 9-inch arms, yet also long enough for 12-inch arm bases. For optimum resonance control and high torsional stability, the 10.5 is made from aluminum and stainless steel. A double gimballed suspension, with precision ball bearings free of play, ensures precise and frictionless tracking. The vertical downforce and the dynamic mass can be adjusted over a wide range thanks to the split collar counterweight. Skating is compensated for without any contact by magnetic force.
Tone Arm 12.1 6600
By definition, when tracking a record with a pivoted tonearm, the cantilever is aligned perfectly perpendicular to the groove in only two instances. The longer the tonearm, the smaller the offset error will be between these two instances, resulting in lower distortion. This explains why LPs tracked with the 12.1-inch long tonearm sound just a tad more poised, relaxed and natural. By the way: The 12.1 is not just a 10.5 with a longer arm tube. Since a longer arm tube offers lower torsional stability and is more prone to resonances, Brinkmann had to implement quite a few structural changes. Bottom line, the 12.1 sounds better.
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EMT-ti Cartridge 4375

The cartridge is essentially an EMT, which then undergoes heavy modifications. The list of modifications includes a vdH stylus, an aluminum mount with a resonance optimized contact patch (made of several layers of copper, titanium, beryllium, other special materials) and lastly Brinkmann’s special sound-optimized tiny screws. The EMT-ti has been carefully optimized to sound its best with Brinkmann tonearms and turntables, although it may of course be used with any combination of your choice. Either way, the EMT-ti will reproduce records with uncanny musicality and unheard-of great sound.

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Pi Cartridge 2675

Pi has been developed together with Brinkmann’s tonearms. With an ingenious mounting of the different parts, the case is highly resonance optimized and with its dynamic mass corresponds perfectly with these tonearms. Due to its neutrality it complements most other tonearms as well.  On the Pi cartridge Brinkmann uses a Micro Ridge stylus, which has the best resolution in the finest recorded details and which guarantees the most reliability. Naturally sounding in the midrange with good flexibility it gives a big room imaging in three-dimensionality. Dynamics, fine and coarse structures, dimensionality - all that is on a very high level. It plays very close to the top references and it‘s the recommendation for everyone who wants to listen on a very high level without spending a huge sum of money.