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Transfiguration Phoenix S Moving Coil Cartridge

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New version of the Phoenix

£2,329.17 Exc. VAT |  



Transfiguration Phoenix   Moving Coil Cartridge

 The Transfiguration Phoenix reveals the music in your record grooves with a pure, liquid, utterly transparent sound, as free from artificiality as mountain spring water.

Like all Transfiguration designs, the Phoenix incorporates an ultra-tight magnet coil coupling. The coils aren't merely close; they're literally inside the ring magnet, with coil-magnetic proximity of only a few thousandths of an inch. With dynamic mass minimised and coil saturation eliminated, Transfiguration cartridges maintain extremely fast and accurate response to groove movements.

The Temper features a boron cantilever, newly developed for a natural sound, a low-mass Ogura PA stylus tip, and pure silver coils.


"Here was a cartridge for the heart rather than the head, for while it proved it had an excellent way with detail retrieval from any record, it soon drew me straight into the musical performance itself.... At its best unstoppably groovy, intricate and lyrical, the Phoenix is a worthy addition to Transfiguration's range of compelling cartridges." (March 2008)


Those who place timing high on their list of priorities will recognise the importance of the ring-magnet construction. When a timing (or phase) shift occurs in the complex field of sine waves that combine to re-create the sounds of harmonically rich instruments, e.g. voices, echoes (hall sounds). The possibility arises that not only will the temporal puzzle that is music, not quite be put back together properly but also due to phase-shift, that varies with frequency, may also lead to tonal inaccuracies, contrary to the desire of many who consider it to be a priority. (This is often the case with an inductor and is one reason why Transfiguration cartridges constantly strive for a coil with as low an impedance as possible),

The cartridge has been deliberately and uncompromisingly designed as a top rate product. Mechanically it locates the cartridge on a plane, which provides least variation in tracking angle relative to tonearm movement.


Technical details

1. Push pull damping
A special compound has newly been meticulously designed and fabricated to provide total stylus/coil alignment and control. It's non-sensitivity to temperature change keeps the damping coefficient stable and improbes tracing accuracy.

2. Twin coils on the cantilever fulcrum
Minimises dynamic mass and mechanical impedance, enabling instant, accurate reaction to every groove detail, including the ability to handle massive transients without overshoot or break-up.

3. Special alloy core for coil assembly
This increases sensitivity by 25dB, improves signal to noise ratio eliminating a usual source of distortion.

4. Neodymium magnet

Thanks to the much higher induced magnetism of the neodymium magnet in both the front & rear of the double ring magnets, the coil-turns of the generator have been reduced. It is very helpful to reduce the internal impedance to 4 ohms, which contributes to the improvement in the solidarity with transparency.

5. Low mass tip
Ogura PA (3 x 30um) tip shares many of the advantages of the flagship MC cartridge "The Orpheus". Its function is to reproduce the character of the original recorded sound - not add or subtract its own deficiencies.

6. Anti-resonance cartridge body

The Phoenix technical specification

body:                            aluminium, resonance controlled
cantilever:                    boron
stylus:                          ogura PA (3 x 30µm) solid diamond
core/coils:                    hi grade permalloy square core with 5N

                                     silver coils.

magnet:                       neodymium – both front and rear.
weight:                         7.8g

output voltage:             0.4mV (3.54cm/s, 1kHz)
internal impedance:    4 ohms
frequency response:   10Hz – 20kHz +1.5dB
                                       20kHz – 40kHz +2dB                
channel separation:    > 27dB (200Hz - 1kHz)
channel balance:        < 0.5dB at 1kHz

tracking ability:             >70µm at tracking force 2.0g at 315Hz
dynamic compliance: 12 x 10-6 cm/dyne

Set up instructions
recommended loading:         >7 ohms
recommend’ tracking force:  2.0 g
optimum working temp’:        23º celsius
break in period:                      30 hours

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If it only make the same magic with the bass as it makes with the treble, it would be six stars.
Saturday, 28 March 2015  | 

I've upgraded from Benz Micro Wood L2, which was half price of the Phoenix. Of cause, the change is dramatic. The sound-stage, the thinnest details and the 'air' around every instrument are in another league.

The most 'difficult' records open up. Phoenix has fantastic ability to dig up the information from the grooves I thought were 'dead' and 'deaf'. On the most dark records the 'silver lining' is found, colors stand out of grey and the record lives up.

The sound is 'analytical' in a good sense. It is ruthless to bad or damaged records. But it still reveals good on them, and with good music there is always something to be excited with. Discs of 60s, 70s, 90s, modern discs and remasters all sound very differently, more differently than on any other system I had. And this is good thing. That is what makes high-grade vinyl sound from even excellently remastered CD.

In my practice a good upgrade of such scale usually lead to forgetting very soon about the component and switching to listening to the new discoveries in the well-known music. With Phoenix even 2 month after being in the system it still challenges me with the comparison of acoustics, not emotions.

I expected more bass. Definitely it controls lower frequencies better than Benz. But the miracle has not happen. The sound remains on the 'thin' stage. I blame it to my 100% silver cabling: silver van den Hul wires run through all system from the cartridge to the loudspeakers. But the attempt to bring a copper wire into the chain results in the loss of detailing. Phoenix have not solved this problem. I keep looking for my magical bass upgrade.

The discoveries with the cartridge of such resolution led me to fine tune the whole system. Moving the speaker cables away from the power cables is audible. Curiously, from now on the plasma panel must be fully switched off, otherwise there is noticeable disbalnce between channels, which with the previous cartridge was just a slight confusion I could not track to the route cause.

Audited with: Michell Gyro SE with SMEIV tonearm; Musical Fidelity ViNL V1; Classe P-100/C2200; B&W 803D and van den Hul MC Silver/SCS6 cabling.

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