The A.J. Conti Transcendence

“Discovering rich new meaning in well-worn LPs is perhaps the most profound testament to the Transcendence’s preeminence. I consider the Transcendence one of the greatest achievements of high-end audio, not just in turntables and tonearms, but across all product categories.” - Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound, Issue 295

“The A.J. Conti Transcendence is an invaluable tool for me, in addition to being supremely pleasurable to listen to! To put it simply, it tells me the truth about the vinyl I have on…I spend a lot of time in studios and the only thing I can compare it to is a perfectly maintained Studer tape deck.” - Joe Harley, Record Producer/ Director of Marketing – AudioQuest

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Armando (A.J.) Conti designed his last turntable to serve as his personal reference. This final design represents a culmination of his life-long quest to build the turntable that is the most silent and true to the original recording. He first called this new design the “Comparitor”, and considered names such as “Analog Masterdeck” or “Studio Masterdeck.” Unfortunately, he never had a chance to formally name it. Following his sudden death in October 2016, one name, at the suggestion of Joe Harley of AudioQuest, and proud owner of the new turntable, seemed like a fitting tribute to the designer and the reflection of the superior breath-taking design, “The A.J. Conti Transcendence.”

The A.J. Conti Transcendence turntable is A.J.’s tribute to the science and art of vinyl music reproduction, an expression of the pinnacle of record playback. It is the result of the same “Basis Systems Approach” of product development as used in other Basis products, where each individual subsystem contributing to the performance of the product is identified. Specific goals for the performance of each subsystem are developed based on their function. Each system is designed, based on fundamental principles of physics, and then tested and optimized to perform its function to the highest level. Only after each system has demonstrated superior performance at its defined function is it approved for use in the final product.

The Transcendence turntable performs at an astounding level, validating the “Basis Systems Approach” as well as proving the validity of the specific design features. The Transcendence exudes total confidence in playback and displays a mastery over the music, showing superior competence in dynamics, naturalness, harmonics, image size and specificity. Coupled with the SuperArm tonearm, the Transcendence brings vinyl reproduction closer than it has ever been to that natural, effortless, powerful sound of high-speed analog master tapes.

 

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Wow and flutter: .01%

We have measured Wow and Flutter of nearly every belt drive and direct drive turntable on the market. Nothing meets the .01% that almost all manufacturers specify. The best speed stability of any turntable other than Basis turntable is .025%, very fine performance, but this is 150% worse than the incredible speed stability of the A.J. Conti Transcendence. 

Speed drift: .012%.

Again, the best measured ever for this spec.

Rumble: -90db, the limit of the test equipment!

Isolation at 60 hertz: 50 db.

Isolation at 1000 hertz: 72 db. This is an industry leading number. 

SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE TRANSCENDENCE WITH A SINGLE SUPERARM 9 TONEARM:

Total weight of turntable assembly: 158 pounds including Vacuum system and Synchro-Wave Power Supply.

Weight of turntable only: 127 pounds excluding Synchro-Wave and Vacuum system.

Dimensions of single-arm turntable, L x W x H, inches: 19.675" x 14.5" x 11" to the top of the tonearm. 

Height to the top of the tonearm wire loop: 14".

SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE TRANSCENDENCE WITH A SINGLE SUPERARM 12.5 TONEARM:

Total weight of turntable assembly: 166 pounds including Vacuum system and Synchro-Wave Power Supply.

Weight of turntable only: 135 pounds excluding Synchro-Wave and Vacuum system.

Dimensions of single-arm turntable, L x W x H, inches: 18.375" x 18.375" x 11" to the top of the tonearm. 

Height to the top of the tonearm wire loop: 14".

A Transcendence model with two, three and four SuperArms is available as a special order.

The turntable base on all Transcendence models is currently available with a brushed and anodized finish.