Reed

The designer and company owner, Vidmantas Triukas, is radio engineer, working in hi-fi audio equipment field since 1985. Some of his works, related to acoustic, were a rocket science, literally: he was working in scientific acoustic and ultrasound area, researching acoustical noise of plasma in long-range ballistic missiles, and has three patented inventions in this field.
After 1990s Vidmantas started business in another area, however audio still was his passion all these years. In 2007 he decided to start business and offer something amazing to the market. After a year of continuous research, prototyping, design and testing he offered first Reed series tonearm. Since then, his company works for its valued customers and tries to bring something special to the audiophile community.

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Turntables

Muse 3C

Muse 3C

Drive   Friction or belt (optional), two direct current (DC) motors

Speed   33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm

Speed stabilizing system   Quartz-based phase locked loop (PLL)

Max deviation of average speed   0.003 %

Supply voltage   DC 12V, via 100 – 240V AC adapter

Inclinometer accuracy range   1 mm per meter

Dimensions (L x W x H)   550 x 420 x 240 mm

Weight netto   25 kg

Tonearms   up to two, any standard mount; effective length from 9,5” to 12”

Finish   White, Black

Muse 2C

Muse 2C

Drive   Friction*, two direct current (DC) motors

Speed   33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm; can be manually adjusted from 10 rpm to 82 rpm, step – 0.01 rpm

Speed stabilizing system   Quartz-based phase locked loop (PLL)

Max deviation of average speed   0.003 %

Supply voltage   DC 12V, via 100 – 240V AC adapter

Dimensions (L x W x H)   485 x 305 x 140 mm

Weight netto   20 kg

Tonearms   single, any standard mount; effective length from 210 mm to 300 mm

(*)  Muse 2C can also be built to special order in belt drive version.

Muse 1C

Muse 1C

Drive   Belt, two direct current (DC) motors

Speed   33, 45, 16, 78 rpm; 33 and 45 rpm can be manually adjusted

Speed stabilizing system   Quartz-based phase locked loop (PLL)

Max deviation of average speed   +/- 0.05 %

Supply voltage   DC 10-14V, via 100 – 240V AC adapter or Reed Source 12V

Packaging Dimensions (L x W x H)   650 x 520 x 350 mm

Weight netto   15 kg

Tonearms   single, center or off-center mount; effective length from 9.5 to 12 inch

Color   Moonlit Black

Tonearms

Reed 5T

Reed 5T

Reed 5T is our first appearance in the tangential tonearm domain. Featuring unique design, innovative technological solutions and high quality, and dedicated to a true audio passionate, it is one of the most advanced tonearms we have ever made.

Arm tube suspension system is similar to one used in Reed 3P tonearm, and the tonearm’s turning part is based on low noise thrust-sleeve bearing. For angular rotation of tonearm we designed and built limited rotation sectional torque motor. Tonearm’s position is controlled by laser and linear sensor array.

Reed 5T has user-replaceable arm tube – feature, which allows to change tonearm’s effective mass yourself. Tonearm also has VTA and azimuth adjustments.

For user convenience tonearm also has integrated level, which allows to adjust mechanical position of the tonearm without using additional tools.

Reed 5T has following advantages if compared with pivot tonearms:

  • Smaller moment of inertia,
  • No need for anti-skating mechanism,
  • Max tracking error is +/- 0.005 deg. Pivot tonearms usually have max tracking errors up to 1.5 deg.
  • Few times smaller moment of inertia,
  • No need for complicated additional devices (air compressor),
  • Compact and sleek design.
  • Effective mass in both vertical and horizontal directions is similar

Specifications:

Mounting distance  251 mm

Tracking error  +/- 0.005 deg

Effective mass  10-16 g, depending on armwand material (replaceable armwand)

Height adjustment   compatible with 28÷48 mm height platters

VTA adjustment   precision +/- 0.2 mm

Azimuth adjustment   +/- 8 deg

Downforce range  10÷30 mN

Traction  Limited rotation sectional torque linear motor

Voltage   direct 12 V, using battery power source Reed Source 12V

Integrated level accuracy   +/-1 mm/m

Reed 2G

Reed 2G

Reed 2G is our latest tonearm model, which merges the best features of Reed 2A and Reed 3Q tonearms and adds a few new ones.

Reed 2G is very easily adjusted and can be mounted to virtually any turntable with or without an adapter.

As other our tonearms, Reed 2G features 0.2 mm precision VTA adjustment and tonearm’s height can be adjusted from 28 mm to 48 mm.

Tonearm has cardanic bearing system: vertical axis has thrust rotation bearings and horizontal axis is based on thrust pivot bearings (a bit close to Reed 3P). Such bearing construction eliminates bearing wobbling, which has a great impact to the quality of the sound.

All Reed 2G tonearms have unique azimuth adjustment system, which allows implementing a tonearm with replaceable armwand. Replaceable armwand feature allows you to change tonearm effective length and effective mass with no hassle. For connecting the armwand and tonearm body, high quality LEMO connector is used.

As well as all our tonearms, Reed 2G has replaceable headshells.

Reed 2G can be wired with Finewire C37 cable or have a 5-pin DIN connector for a custom cabling solution.

Tonearm’s antiskating is magnetic and is similar to one used in Reed 3P tonearm.

Reed 2G with the laser option

Laser-enabled Reed 2G version continues tradition of Reed 3Q and helps audio enthusiasts to set up their systems using latest technology. Calibrated laser add-on, used in this tonearm version, allows user to adjust VTA and azimuth quickly and precisely.

Specifications

Effective length 9.5’’ 10.5’’ 12’’
Mounting distance, mm 223 251.6 295.6
Overhang, mm 17 15.4 13.4
Offset angle, deg 22.9 20.7 17.6
Effective mass From 14g to 22g, depending on armwand and headshell material

 

Reed 3P

Reed 3P

Reed 3P, among other features, like fine VTA adjustment on-the-fly, also has a unique possibility of adjusting azimuth while playing a record. An exciting thing about the azimuth adjuster is that during the adjustment process the cartridge “swings” around the needle tip, hence keeping all other tonearm parameters intact (you can see how it works by watching a short video).

Magnetic antiskating and some other features, used in Reed 3P, were developed in our Reed Mag prototype model*, which made its first appearance in Analog Forum 2011 Krefeld, Germany.

Another 3Ps innovation is its bearing system. Although tonearm bearing system can be considered as gimbal, it acts like unipivot one. However, major difference from unipivot system is that instead of a single pivot three pivots and both vertical and horizontal axis’ magnetic stabilizers are used. Such bearing system is as rigid as gimbal, but its friction coefficient is as low as in unipivot.

Again, if you are bored with this technical talk, it is enough to know that in Reed 3P you can setup most of the tonearm’s parameters (VTA, azimuth, antiskating) on the fly, and due to the very sensitive bearing system you will not miss the slightest music tones.

Reed 3P is acknowledged not only by its high quality sound, but also for it’s distinctive design. It convinced the international 30-member expert jury of the “red dot award: product design 2012” international design contest and received one of the coveted awards – red dot – in the “Entertainment technology and cameras” category. The red dot design award, held by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen (Germany) and with origins reaching back to the 1950s, has established itself internationally as one of the most appreciated quality seals for outstanding designs.

German Design Award NOMINEE 2014

Also in July 2013 the German Design Council committees have nominated Reed 3P tonearm for the German Design Award 2014, Lifestyle category.

The German Design Award is an international premium prize, which successfully enhances the standing of both designers and companies. Its organizer, the German Design Council, has been representing and supporting the German design industry with its expertise in all questions relating to design for 60 years now. A nomination for the German Design Award on the occasion of the anniversary of the German Design Council is especially significant – it stands for 60 years of design culture.
* Reed Mag has never hit the market as a separate model (as it was always considered as a prototype, despite it is precisely working and fully supported as a regular product), but its limited edition of 12 items was distributed to some our dedicated customers.

Specifications

Effective length 9.5″ 10.5’’ 12’’
Mounting distance, mm 223 251.6 295.6
Overhang, mm 17 15.4 13.4
Offset angle, deg 22.9 20.7 17.6
Effective mass See details of each armwand material
Reed 2A

Reed 2A

Reed 2A is for customers, who have fixed audio setup and just want to listen for the perfect sound. Reed 2A model has the same sound quality as Reed 3Q model, but has less possibilities for adjustment.

Technical details

Tonearm base consists of two parts: the massive stand and moving part, made of solid metal. After adjusting tonearm height it is tightened to a stand. Such construction is rigid and stable. Height (VTA) adjustment is 20 mm, tolerance ±0.1mm.

Bearings feature carbide tungsten points and sapphire thrust pad. Such bearings have a very low friction and minimal contact surface, reducing noise transmission from base to the cartridge.

Lever antiskating mechanism is supported by ruby olive bombe bearings. Antiskating mechanism is dynamic. Antiskating force is constant while cartridge moves to the center of the plate. Ruby olive bombe bearings reduce mechanism friction to a minimum.

Tonearm is statically balanced. To minimize “swinging” effect, counterweight is at the same horizontal level as the needle tip. Downforce range is from 10 mN to 30 mN.

Currently our tonearm armtubes are made only from wood. After investigating various materials – metal, fiberglass, carbon fiber and, of course, wood, we came up to conclusion that our tonearms sound best (and have best acoustic properties) with armwands made from properly selected and processed wood. Armtube material also has significant impact to tonearms effective mass.

Specifications

Effective length 9.5’’ 10.5’’ 12’’
Mounting distance, mm 223 251.6 295.6
Overhang, mm 17 15.4 13.4
Offset angle, deg 22.9 20.7 17.6
Effective mass See details of each armwand material
Reed 3Q

Reed 3Q

Reed 3Q tonearm is dedicated for customers, who like to set up their audio equipment precisely using latest technology. Reed 3Q is equipped with laser, which allows to adjust VTA and azimuth very quickly and precisely (VTA precision +/- 0.1 mm, azimuth precision +/- 0.25 deg). It is very important after changing cartridges, because cartridge heights are different. As everyone may know, after every switch of cartridge VTF should be adjusted also. Using cartridges with high and medium compliance, VTA (SRA) should be adjusted every time after changing VTF. It is because VTF changes cause cantilever bending and changes of SRA. To get best sound quality, even after changing LP with different thickness (it can be from 0.8 mm to 3 mm), VTA should be adjusted accordingly.

For more information about Reed 3Q working principle, click here.

Technical details

Tonearm base consists of two parts: the massive stand and moving part, made of solid metal. After adjusting tonearm height it is tightened to a stand. Such construction is rigid and stable. Height (VTA) adjustment is 20 mm, tolerance ±0.1mm.

Bearings feature carbide tungsten points and sapphire thrust pad. Such bearings have a very low friction and minimal contact surface, reducing noise transmission from base to the cartridge.

Lever antiskating mechanism is supported by ruby olive bombe bearings. Antiskating mechanism is dynamic. Antiskating force is constant while cartridge moves to the center of the plate. Ruby olive bombe bearings reduce mechanism friction to a minimum.

Tonearm is statically balanced. To minimize “swinging” effect, counterweight is at the same horizontal level as the needle tip. Downforce range is from 10 mN to 30 mN.

Currently our tonearm armtubes are made only from wood. After investigating various materials – metal, fiberglass, carbon fiber and, of course, wood, we came up to conclusion that our tonearms sound best (and have best acoustic properties) with armwands made from properly selected and processed wood. Armtube material also has significant impact to tonearms effective mass.

Specifications

Effective length 9.5’’ 10.5’’ 12’’
Mounting distance, mm 223 251.6 295.6
Overhang, mm 17 15.4 13.4
Offset angle, deg 22.9 20.7 17.6
Effective mass See details of each armwand material

Coatings available for 3P, 2A & 3Q:

Cables available for 3P, 2A & 3Q:

Armwands available for 3P, 2A & 3Q:

Headshells available for 2A & 3Q:

Accessories

Armwand Box

When you have a tonearm that allows swapping its armwands, like our Reed 5T or Reed 2G (with replaceable armwand option), you most probably will have a few armwands as well. To keep that fragile gear in one place, use this plywood box for four armwands up to 12 inch.

Reed Mat

Good turntable mat is known for reducing LP friction, dampening vibrations and avoiding static build-up. Reed leather mat goes in two colours – black and sand white and is packed in a handy sleeve.

Reed Strobe

Strobe device is a handy tool for verifying stability of speed of turntable platter. Reed Strobe has settings for speeds of 16, 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM.

Headshell Box

If you have more than one cartridge, you most probably switch them along with the headshells to save time adjusting their mounting over and over again. To have all your cartridges and headshells in one place, use this nicely crafted plywood box.

Source 12V Power Supply

Is dedicated for powering hi-end audio equipment. Usually equipment is powered from the mains – 240VAC – 110VAC alternating current electric power supply, and then current is converted to direct (DC) using linear or switching converters.

Extra Headshell (AA)

Dedicated to customers, who have more than one cartridge, and like to switch it from time to time. When using spare headshell, there’s no need to remove the cartridge and then to fix and adjust it again and again.

Extra Headshell (no AA)

Dedicated to customers, who have more than one cartridge, and like to switch it from time to time. When using spare headshell, there’s no need to remove the cartridge and then to fix and adjust it again and again.

Weight for Counterweight

one of the most important factors is to choose right weight of tonearm’s counterweight. Our tonearms come with default counterweights depending on their effective lengths (you can always ask your dealer to supply you with counterweight, which differs from default), but counterweight weights can be also purchased separately.

Muse 3C
hi-fi+ – Alan Sircom – 11 / 2016: “The combination of complete pitch stabiluty and authorative, stentorian left hand piano notes made everything else academic.”   – Read the Review
Fidelity magazine (Germany) – Von Helmut Hack – 01 / 2016:  – Read the Review
Stereo magazine (Germany) –  03 / 2015:  – Read the Review
 
LP magazine (Germany) – Holger Barske –  06 / 2014:  – Read the Review
Reed 3P
hi-fi+ – Alan Sircom – 11 / 2016: “The Reed goes for a cleaner, more precise sound without undermining the harmonic structure of the music in the process. ”   – Read the Review
positive feedback – Alan Sircom – 04 / 2014: Reed 3P tonearm (12″ Pernambuco armwand, used on Dr. Feickert’s Firebird turntable)   – Read the Review
LP Magazine (German) – Holger Barske – 03 / 2012:   – Read the Review
Reed 3Q
High Fidelity magazine – Wojciech Pacula – 05 / 2015:  – Read the Review
HiFi Live magazine (spain) – José Manuel Delgado – 06 / 2013:  Reed 3Q tonearm (Palladium Satin edition, mounted on Dr. Feickert’s Woodpecker turntable)  – Read the Review
High Fidelity magazine – Wojciech Pacula – 08 / 2010: Reed tonearm together with Black Stork turntable (designed by Lithuanian designer Jonas Jakutis)  – Read the Review
Reed 2A
Audio Review magazine – Luca Buti – 09 / 2012:  – Read the Review

Philosophy

Tonearm is mechanical, acoustical and electronic system. The set of parameters of this system determine characteristics of tonearm. Tonearm “sound” depends on how many parameters were taken into account while designing it.

Here you can find a few pictures of our workshop, lab equipment and testing tools. And we have quite interesting ones here… For example, our Griffin turntable, used primarily for tonearm tests, features two stationary towers for tonearms and one spare place, where either tower for the third tonearm or motor can be mounted. Motor is mounted when we are carrying motor tests, i.e. validating motor speed etc.

We also built a device for tonearm armtube sound properties test. Everyone knows, or might guess, that wooden arm sounds better than one made of metal, but how to prove it? So, to check if wood is really better than a metal, also to compare wood with other materials (e.g. fiberglass) and different wood kinds itself, we made a quite simple yet interesting device. Its working principles will be described further in an article devoted to armtube material tests.