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Cambridge Audio Alva TT V2: Vinyl player with Built-in Bluetooth aptX HD

The British company Cambridge Audio presents the Alva TT V2 record player. Perhaps its main feature is the direct drive of the support disk, thanks to which the developers managed to obtain a low...

Cambridge Audio Alva TT V2
Cambridge Audio Alva TT V2

The British company Cambridge Audio presents the Alva TT V2 record player. Perhaps its main feature is the direct drive of the support disk, thanks to which the developers managed to obtain a low detonation coefficient of only 0.06%. The manufacturer declares the choice of this design as guaranteeing more accurate rotation speed. The support plate itself is made of polyformaldehyde, a thermoplastic used in parts that require high rigidity and dimensional stability.

The company’s engineers abandoned the use of a belt drive due to the fact that it is less durable, since over time the belt will stretch and will have to be replaced. In addition, the Direct Drive design guarantees higher accuracy of disk rotation speed. Built-in Bluetooth aptX HD means music can be streamed to any compatible Bluetooth set, including headphones, at Hi-Res quality up to 24-bit/48kHz.

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After many hours of testing, our engineers selected a new high mass, low resonance tonearm for the Alva TT V2 and Alva ST. By minimizing resonant frequencies and in combination with the cartridge, it helps extract maximum detail from your recordings. The removable die-cast aluminum body makes it easy to replace cartridges and then adjust with greater precision thanks to the new anti-slip dial.

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The player has an extremely laconic design with a minimum number of controls located on the top panel of the case, made of aluminum. There is only a power supply/standby button and two keys for selecting rotation speeds (33.3 or 45 rpm), combined with the Start/Stop function. The support plate is made of polyoxymethylene POM (polyformaldehyde), a dense, high-tech structural thermoplastic that provides high rigidity as well as stable rotation speed. To protect against dust, the kit includes a transparent, easily removable lid with a hinge.

The tonearm comes pre-installed with a high-output MC head, and what’s more, the player has a built-in phono preamplifier, so it’s a ready-to-use analog signal source. If you are a fan of modern technology, then built-in Bluetooth aptX HD is at your service.

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In addition, a phono preamplifier was built into the turntable, and an MC cartridge was installed on the direct, lightweight tonearm. According to the developers, the presence of a Bluetooth module makes life easier for the owner, since the player can be placed anywhere without connecting it with wires to the speakers. To provide an “authentic vinyl experience,” Cambridge Audio used an aptX HD module that delivers a 24-bit/48 kHz signal. For convenience, a phono stage was built in. Last but not least, the new product even comes with a dustproof cover. The Cambridge Audio ALVA TT V2 turntable is for vinyl lovers who, like you, want great sound, ease of use and stylish looks.

Features of the Cambridge Audio ALVA TT V2

Bluetooth aptX HD allows you to place the Cambridge Audio ALVA TT V 2 anywhere in your home and connect wirelessly to your Hi-Fi or Bluetooth speakers (or even wireless headphones) in stunning high definition quality.

Cambridge Audio’s own built-in equalization amplifier (based on our award-winning ALVA Solo and Duo equalization amplifiers) eliminates the need for additional boxes to clutter your space.

The combination of a direct drive motor and a dense POM (polyoxymethylene) platter in the ALVA TT V 2 allows you to play your treasured vinyl collection at extremely accurate speeds.

Cambridge Audio’s unique high-output moving-coil cartridge and one-piece tonearm provide an incredible level of detail when playing your record collection.

Characteristics of Cambridge Audio ALVA TT V 2

Drive type Direct Drive
Supported disk rotation speeds 33.3 and 45 rpm
Speed ​​switching electronic (push-button)
Support disk diameter: 305 mm, made of polyoxymethylene (POM), has good anti-resonance properties
Electric motor torque 1.6 kgf cm
Detonation coefficient 0.06%
Built-in phono stage Phono
stage gain 42 dB (1 kHz)
Phono stage output voltage (including the pre-installed cartridge) 250 mV
RIAA curve characteristic 30 Hz – 20 kHz (± 0. 3 dB)
Phono signal-to-noise ratio more than 90 dB
Phono harmonic distortion coefficient 0.0025% (1 kHz)
Phono input impedance 47 kOhm
Phono input capacitance 320 pF
Bluetooth transmitter built-in, supported audio codecs: SBC, aptX, aptX HD
Tonearm straight, aluminum , monolithic, non-removable shell, anti-skating, effective length: 238 mm, overhang: 17.2 mm, effective weight: 11 g
Cartridge MC cartridge with high output, needle profile: elliptical, needle holder: aluminum, optimal clamping force: 2 g, output voltage: 2 mV (1 kHz), frequency range: 30 Hz – 20 kHz (± 1 dB), recommended load impedance: 47 kOhm
Outputs unbalanced RCA (phono preamplifier output)
Power consumption 6 W, maximum: 20 W, in standby mode: 0.5 W
Accessories included: dust cover with hinges, 2RCA – 2RCA cable, tonearm tracking force meter, counterweight, power cord
Dimensions (WxHxD) 435x139x368 mm
Weight 8 kg