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Empire 980

Stereo Wired Pick-up Arm

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Empire 980


The new Empire 980 tonearm combines the two most sought after qualities in arm design, free suspension and perfect dynamic balance.

Perfect dynamic balance is achieved by placing the pivot points at the precise centre of the arm's mass. Once in balance in one plane, it is balanced in all planes.

Even the application of stylus force does not upset this balance, for in the 980 the force is not adjusted by moving a counterweight, and thus shifting the centre of mass.

A linear torque coil spring acts directly on the pivot shaft at the centre of the arms mass and stylus force is dialled in with a calibrated knob.

Features include low fundamental resonance, exact cartridge positioning, height adjustment, a 5-wire circuit to avoid ground loops, maximum compliance and low inertia.


Arm resonance: 8Hz

Overall length: 12 3/8"

Arm offset angle: 23.8 degrees

Stylus force adjustment: 0 to 8g

lateral friction: virtually unmeasurable

Height adjustment: 1 5/8"


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