Indeed, when I first heard that DaVinciAudio Labs Peter Brem planned to replace his terrific Grandezza tonearm with a more fully adjustable design I was skeptical.
To cut immediately to the chase, when used with the AAS Gabriel/DaVinciAudio Labs Mk II turntable and the Goldfinger Statement cartridge, the DaVinci Masters Reference Virtu tonearm is the most realistic-sounding pivoted tonearm Ive yet heard in my system.
DaVinci Masters Reference Virtu tonearm is the most realistic-sounding pivoted tonearm Ive yet heard in my system.
Phonostage preamps: Audio Research Corporation Reference Phono 2SE, Technical Brain TEQ-Zero EX/TMC-Zero.It seems to combine most (not all) of the robust, lifelike tone color, three-dimensionality, powerful bass, and wall-to-wall soundstaging of a great straight-line tracker like the Walker Black Diamond III with the exceptional low-level resolution, transient speed, and much (not all) of the precise image.At around 5k, a tonearm like the Kuzma 4Point gives you anti-skating, and even though I always set its anti- skate to zero or nearly zero the Kuzma arguably has slightly more focus at centerstage than the Virtu (though not at stage right or left).A simple, elegant, beautifully made, twelve-inch tube of tonewood and various alloys mounted in a gimbaled ruby bearing, the Grandezza came with none of the extra doo-dads that add functionality, but also add complexity and resonant mass to other great tonearms.Analog source: Walker Audio Proscenium Black Diamond Mk III record player, AMG nuovo look per alessandra amoroso Viella 12, Da Vinci AAS Gabriel Mk II turntable with DaVinci Masters Reference Virtu tonearm, Acoustic Signature Ascona with Kuzma 4P tonearm.
All you could adjust on the Grandezza was tracking force and vertical tracking angle (and the latter adjustment, which involved decoupling and then raising or lowering the entire arm pillar by hand, was too crude and cumbersome to encourage record-by-record VTA adjustments).
That he hasnt means he truly doesnt believe that it is necessary or desirable.
Dallas, TX 75252 (972) m, true Sound 136 Kennedy Avenue, campbell, CA 95008 (408) m, jVs Reference System, loudspeakers: Raidho.1, Raidho.1, Estelon X Diamond, MartinLogan CLX, Magnepan.7,.7,.7.Da Vinci Audio Master's Reference Virtu tonearm.However, the means to greater and more precise adjustability (and thereby fuller and more exact setup of cartridges) is not the only thing that has changed on the Masters Reference Virtu.Back to Top of Page.For nearly 15k, you might think that Peter wouldve thrown this in like slaw or fries to accompany the burger.
However, each screw is actually securing a unique assembly of parts, comprising a radial bearingconsisting of a sapphire bushing and a hand- polished steel bearing pinand a magnetic axial bearing (see the illustration).
The only adjustment not available on the Virtu is anti-skating, but since many, if not most, of todays tonearm manufacturers recommend that anti-skating be set at zero, Peter Brem saw no reason to include a device that no one would use and the effects.