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Graham Tonearms

          The Graham Engineering Elite

   Premium tonearm system

 

 

We are proud to present the latest, and finest, example of tonearm design In the tradition of the original award-winning Phantom, the Elite continues the use of the unipivot bearing and Magneglide magnetic stabilization, but brings these patented features to a new level of refinement and performance.   Using more costly materials and precision machine design features, the Elite will redefine what is possible in analog playback.

 

The pivot assembly has been redesigned, and now incorporates an entirely new pivot assembly utilizing constrained-layer damping of two different metals, both having a high weight to size ratio. A new, high-density, non-magnetic tungsten insert insures zero-tolerance  bearing contact and high energy absorption.     Likewise, the pivot top has been reconfigured, and results in superior external energy rejection, while ensuring chatter-free, extremely low-friction pivoting.

 

The patented Magneglide™ stabilizing system ensures pivoting in a true vertical plane, with no azimuth deviation as the arm traverses warps.   Since the arm is also in true neutral balance – again the result of  magnetic stabilization controlling azimuth in a unipivot arm – the tracking force will be consistent, regardless of arm motion over warps.  

 

The removable armtube is made with a new, larger and more rigid damped titanium design.   The removable design allows for accurate, off-turntable mounting and alignment of the phono cartridge, a valuable safety and accuracy feature which has been a signature of all Phantom tonearms.    The new alignment gauge that is part of this system has an adjustable height feature, so that true tangency is always assured, yielding simplicity of operation  and greatest accuracy.   There are three armwands available, in 9, 10, and 12-inch lengths to suit any conceivable turntable installation.

 

Unlike other designs where the counterweight/arm resonance can be in the audio range, and which can result in modulation of the playback signal, the Elite counterweight is decoupled at a low, subsonic resonant frequency; this results in cleaner and more dynamic bass extension, and smooth, detailed midrange, with extended, crystalline highs. All of this is achieved with practically no sonic signature of the arm itself, such as false base emphasis or bright highs, and instead is allowing the phono cartridge to work effortlessly in reproducing the music itself.

 

The internal wiring of the entire tonearm has been replaced and updated with new Litz-based construction and approaches the ideal dielectric absorption factor of “1”.   This results in signal transfer that is whip-fast, and not impeded by the typical insulation materials that absorb and re-introduce energy into the wire at unpredictable intervals.   Likewise, the cable to the phono preamp, although more robust in size, retains the same high speed transfer properties of the internal wire.  The result is signal transfer virtually unchanged from the output of the cartridge all the way to the phono preamplifier..

 

Words alone cannot do justice to this remarkable reproducer; therefore, we sincerely suggest that you compare the Elite with any tonearm, regardless of price or design.  We are sure you will agree that this tonearm will provide the smoothest, most dynamic and most accurate path of music from your valuable records to the rest of your system.

  The Phantom MkIII is the result of nearly 10  years of research into design theory, materials analysis, and extensive testing. This involved not only testing of the individual design components as they were being evaluated, but also comparing the several prototype models against their own Model Phantom I and II.


 

Prior to the Phatom Elite,The Phantom B-44 III was Graham's best effort , a state-of-the-art instrument that is not to be equaled by any other fine tonearm, regardless of design. This is true even for other arm designs made by turntable manufacturers. It is NOT true, as some believe, that "the best arm for my turntable must come from the same manufacturer". The Phantom was developed and tested on many fine turntables, such as the SME,  VPI,  SOTA, Basis, Clearaudio, etc.  While many of these manufacturers provide armboards (either for our own Custom Mount or the SME mount), they also make armboards when necessary for a proper fit. 

 

The Phantom is a true drop-in replacement - an improved one - over any other tonearm, and the proof will be in the listening. Claims - and counterclaims - abound in the high-end market (and we just made a bold one!), and it can become confusing as to what's really correct; however, once you experience the Phantom for yourself, we know you will agree that this is, truly, the finest tonearm we've ever produced and quite probably the best arm available today.

 



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