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Thales Statement

Twelve years ago, Micha Huber presented his ground-breaking tonearm Thales, which combines the advantages of pivoted tonearms with the be-nefits of tangential tracking. Today, Micha and his team are pleased to introduce one further milestone in tonearm development, to wit: THALES STATE-MENT. This new tonearm confirms again the unchal-lenged reference status of analogue music reproduc-tion. It proves experience, thorough reflection, and careful craftwork to be able to achieve considerable progress in sound quality with this 130-year-old technology even today. In order to surpass our in-house reference products we had to combine tried and tested solutions with completely fresh approa-ches. Based on tetragon geometry, reducing the tracking error to a maximum of 0.006°, the THALES STATE-MENT combines perfect tracking geometry with opti-mized mechanical energy derivation, being realized by consequent reflection on the materials used (high-strength aluminium alloy), and the design of all the parts placed in the energy flow. Thus, vibration re-sistance is increased many times over, and sound distortion due to parasitic remaining resonances is plainly reduced both measurably and audibly. The bearing unit is completely encapsulated, and all the coatings are done in precious metals (ruthenium, gold, rhodium) in order to harmonize the properties of sound. The THALES STATEMENT comes with an integrated mechanism and a scale for fine adjustment of VTA and azimuth, allowing precise angular alignment of the cartridge.The support of the tonearm lift, coup-led directly with its lever, works by a high reduction ratio so that the needle may be lowered in a per-fectly controlled manner. Options for tonearm wiring are either an integrated 5-pin-DIN-connector or direct wiring to the amplifier. Five different counterweights allow the use of cartridges weighing 7 to 20 grams. The appropriate realization of this technical master-piece demands the best of Swiss workmanship: Its 288 separate parts are made by a handful of exquisi-te local manufacturers. We examine these parts closely in our atelier in Winterthur before they are refined and and finally assembled piece by piece by hand. An experienced watchmaker with comprehen-sive skills is responsible for the entire process from start to finish. This traditional working method is directly related to personal demands of quality, and, as a consequence, the number of tonearms leaving our manufactory every year is clearly limited. We are proud to bring together our centuries-old craftsmanship with the most up to date technology.