Technics EPA 500
Gimbal bearing tonearm which uses the same arm base (EPA-B500) as the EPA 250 tonearm.
The SH-50P1 stylus pressure gauge is included with the standard system.
Technics has researched the problem of cartridge/tonearm matching and developed the worlds first variable dynamic damping system, used in its EPA-100.
By matching the damping characteristics to the compliance and mass characteristics of the cartridge, Technics has succeeded in greatly lowering the low-frequency resonance peak of the cartridge/tonearm assembly.
The EPA-500 has further expanded on this concept so that you will now be able to obtain performance from your cartridge by selecting a tonearm with the most suitable effective mass, arm resonance and damping.
The EPA500 tonearm features interchangeable arm units, titanium nitride tapered pipe arm, dynamic damping system, Gimbal suspension arm base for various arm units, helicoid height adjustment ranging up to 20mm and minimum bearing friction of 7mg in all directions.
Base: arm base with arm unit interchangeability
Pivot construction: gimbal suspension type
Arm height range: 42 to 62mm
Friction: 7mg vertical/lateral
Mounting hole diameter: 62mm
Arm type: interchangeable arm unit with dynamic damping system
Effective length: 250mm
Mounting distance: 235mm
Effective arm mass: 8g (without cartridge)
Applicable cartridge weight: 5 to 7g
Stylus pressure: 0.75 to 1.75g (2.75g with shell weight)
Resonance peak: below 6dB
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Brilliantly executed design. Well suited to the SP decks it was designed for but cartridge choice is limited unless you can track down all of the optional arm wands.
10/10 by JaS
a superb tonearm, executed with outmost care in every details, from the lock system to the antiskating device. The decoupled and damped counteweight is a thing of beauty and really is efective. This arm deserve to be used in any very high quality turntable, Technics sp10 of course but also other maker: in my current turntable it is reaaly working beautifully as it did on a friend's micro-seiki. The possibility to interchange armtube to adapt to different cartridges compliance is also very interesting and as far as i know only offered now by Moech. Very highly recomended
10/10 by florestan