AVID Acutus Reference SP Turntable
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AVID Acutus Reference SP Turntable

September 2010, HiFi News Magazine "Outstanding Product"

Please contact us to book a demonstration on this Fabulous Turntable.

On Permanent Demonstration.

£22,916.67 Exc. VAT |  



AVID Acutus Reference SP Turntable

"The Ultimate in Analogue Playback"

New, improved "SP" version incorporates AVID's new DSP signal generating power supply. Final speed can now be accurately adjusted and motor stability and vibration is also improved. In addition the new twin belt drive system and revised bearing has improved platter dynamics, further improving the sound quality of an already world class audio product.

The product that launched the AVID brand, over a decade ago, onto the world hi-fi scene was the critically acclaimed Acutus turntable. For the many experts and enthusiasts who have subsequently lived with this turntable, it was the start of a journey to reconnect with their music collection. Time, however, marches onward and a decade is a long time in the life of an engineering company.

It was decided to lift the bar higher still – to apply the accumulated knowledge of a decade of customer feedback and lessons learned.

The resulting turntable is now available…the Acutus Reference. The Reference provides not just a subjective but an immediately obvious lowering of the noise floor; extension of both bass and treble responses and a significant dynamic improvement.

The sense of realism needs to be experienced to be appreciated – something which we are happy to arrange for you with our exclusive dealer network.

…So enough puff. What are the actual differences between the Acutus and the Acutus Reference?

 "the pace and timing of the music takes on a whole new perspective"

The first, and perhaps the most influential, is the power supply. A full 1kVA is on tap. This supply, itself developed over three years is the most stable, linear supply we’ve ever experienced. The Advanced DSP control of the motor power is finely adjustable almost completely eliminating micro-vibrations from the motor unit.

The motor suspension has been fine-tuned and a new twin belt drive system has been employed to aid grip and control. A detailed understanding of the metallurgic requirements of moving components has resulted in the refinement of the bearing system to self-lubricate and spin freely, but eliminate unwanted movement.

The Acutus Reference is a rare jewel of precision engineering. The age old adage of ‘getting what you pay for’ is no more evident than in this superlative turntable.


  • Drive: Twin Belt
  • Drive Speeds: 33.3 and 45.0 RPM
  • Platter Mass: 10.0 Kg
  • Bearing: Inverted Stainless Steel
  • Thrust Point: Tungsten Carbide/Sapphire
  • Suspension: 3 Point, Springs in Vertical, O-Rings in Lateral Frequency; Vertical 2.5 Hz (variable), Lateral 4.5 Hz
  • Tonearms: Standard Cut for SME (adapters to order)
  • Motor: Hand Built 24v 140mNm AC Synchronous
  • Power Supply: DSP Vari-SPeed Control Unit
  • Voltage Input: 100-240vac 50/60Hz 300 Watts Max. (depending on region)
  • Dimensions: Turntable (overall) - 460mm x 400mm x 210mm (W x D x H) 
  • Dimensions: Turntable (footprint) - 410mm x 360mm (W x D) 
  • Dimensions: Power Supply: 415mm x 315mm x 140mm (W x D x H)
  • Net Weight: Turntable: 19.0 Kg (42lb), PSU: 20.1Kg (45lb)
  • Shipping Weight: 55.0Kg (122lb) 

We have the Acutus reference on permanent demonstration.

Give us a call, your vinyl deserves it.

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