The Wand Tonearms and 14-4 Turntable Join UK’s Whole Note Distribution
The Wand range of tonearms and the 14-4 turntable from New Zealand have been re-launched in the UK.
Design, Build, Listen's (DBL) The Wand 14-4 turntable, so named due to the 14-inch platter made up of four acrylic layers, along with The Wand tonearm range, has been re-launched in the UK since Whole Note Distribution has secured UK distribution for the brand.
The platter of the 14-4 is complete with a screw-down record clamp machined from acrylic to match the platter allowing the record label to be seen while playing. Meanwhile, the main structure of the 14-4 Turntable is made from German plywood, asymmetric in shape, hand oiled and fitted with a Zentroidal three-point suspension system.
We're told that the centroid of suspension, the stillest point, is close to the playing arc to maximise shock and vibration rejection.
Fitted with a DC Motor offering superb electronic speed control covering 33 / 45rpm (with 78rpm a factory option) and completed by a stylish lid that's mechanically outside the playing system and designed for cueing the record to the beginning when the cover is down.
The Wand 14-4 will accommodate 9.5-inch / 10.3-inch or 12-inch Wand tonearms (or other brands), enabling UK Audiophiles to fit their favourite arm, or opt for one of Design, Build, Listen's hand-built offerings, constructed from high-tech components, and available in three specification levels. The upgrades between the models include better wiring, plugs and vibration control.
Simon Brown, the designer of the multi-award-winning Wand tonearm, told StereoNET:
I'm passionate about what a good tonearm can bring to an audio system. Cartridges may set the flavour of a system, but it is the tonearm that sets the resolution of the vinyl playback system as most tonearms are a jumble of resonances which result in noise obscuring fine detail and raising the noise floor. When a 'Wand' is coupled to The 14-4 Turntable, the results are, well, magical. I'm delighted to re-launch into the UK with Whole Note Distribution.
David Graham, MD of Whole Note Distribution, adds:
Data tells us Vinyl will overtake CDs as the dominant form of physical media in 2022, and there's no doubting the magic of removing a record from its sleeve, cueing the arm and then settling down with the sleeve notes - pure audio theatre that's here to stay. The Wand range is very well regarded, and I'm delighted to be working with Simon to make these fantastic products more accessible to retailers and customers alike.
Congratulations to DBL and Whole Note Distribution on this new partnership, and we wish them well for the future.
StereoNET UK’s Editor, bass player, and resident rock star! Jay’s passion for gadgets and Hi-Fi is second only to being a touring musician.
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