TRANSFIGURATION, “The World’s most musically natural cartridges”

A cartridge is the most difficult of design feats. Here you have a transducer which is expected to mine the ragged torturous grooves of a piece of vinyl as accurately and comprehensively as is mechanically possible, yet deliver a sound out the other side which is not overwhelmed by an impression of detail or resolution. Transfiguration are masters of this delicate balancing act. Their moving coils will examine your records as deeply and forensically as current technology allows, yet the music they present is spookily natural and gloriously exempt from any  sense of a needle even being in the way. Deep emotional communication, absolute invisibility.

Further Reading
“WHAT I WAS HEARING PUT IT UP THERE WITH THE BEST, MOST MUSICALLY INVOLVING CARTRIDGES I’VE HEARD AT ANY PRICE (Proteus)”
Fremer, Stereophile
“THE TRANSFIGURATION PROTEUS IS AS GOOD A CONDUIT TO THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC AS ANYONE NEEDS, AND IS WAY BETTER THAN MOST I HAVE EVER HEARD “
Jason Kennedy, Hifi+
“Proteus exudes all the qualities you’d expect from a top line cartridge: delicacy, transparency, dynamic resolve and fidelity are all hallmarks of great sounding cartridges—add musicality, a dash of warmth and tone and DK has a new favorite to tap to.”
Danney Kaey, Positive Feedback
“Highly recommended and will, I am sure, provide many hours of listening pleasure” (Axia)
Tony Bolton, HiFi World
“Does it all and does it all with considerable aplomb” (Phoenix S)
Jason Kennedy, Hifi Plus
AXIA

The Axia S may well impress and surprise the music lover’s first foray into the world of Transfiguration – moving coil cartridges. The design reveals a coherently musical and natural presentation, setting it apart from many exaggerated “Hi-Fi” interpreters. Its ability to recreate musically correct timing facilitates a seamless and exacting rendition, together with an effortless and flowing accuracy of timbre, convincing depth and authenticity of every note’s acoustic ebb.

£1995

Transfiguration Axia @ Lotus Hifi

Utilising a double ring magnet for a moving coil cartridge has enabled six unique design improvements.

  • Two coils within double ring magnets – front : samarium cobalt – rear: neodymium
  • No yokes
  • No magnetic irregularities
  • Coils at the crux of the magnetic focus
  • Intimate coil/magnet coupling
  • Resonance – free body design
Body : Solid aluminium, non-resonant with deeply cut away sides
Cantilever : 0.3mm Æ solid boron
Stylus : Ogura PA (3 x 30mm) solid diamond
Core/coils : High grade permalloy square core & 4N silver coils
Magnetic material : Samarium cobolt – front, Neodymium – rear.
Weight : 7g
Output voltage : 0.4mV (3.54cm/s – 1kHz)
Internal impedance : 4 ohms
Frequency response : 10Hz – 20kHz + 1.5dB 20kHz – 40kHz + 2dB
Channel separation : > 27dB (200Hz – 1kHz)
Channel balance : < 0.5dB at 1kHz
Tracking ability : >68µm at a tracking force of 1.8g at 315Hz.
Recommended loading : >7 ohms
Recommended tracking force : 2.0g
Break in period : 30 hours
PHOENIX S

The Phoenix S builds on the virtues of the Axia S,  presenting the listener with an extended palette of natural tonal colours, voices with more body, a larger space and a greater musical involvement. With the addition of a second (front) neodymium magnet – intimately positioned, 5N silver wire coil and a lower internal impedance, the Phoenix S creates an unprecedented focus of the magnetic field, ensuring that the harmonically rich temporal puzzle that is music, is recreated coherently.

Vinyl sources benefit greatly from care taken in isolation. Stillpoints Ultras underneath the deck are an obvious starting point, but we can also deal with vibration at the disc itself. The LP Isolator ( LPI ) slips over the spindle of your turntable and rests on the label portion of your lp. It absorbs the micro vibration that is present at the label area and makes the LP reproduction clearer, cleaner, more delicate, more open and life like.

£2795

Transfiguration Phoenix @ Lotus Hifi
  • Two coils within double ring neodymium magnets
  • Two yokes
  • No magnetic irregularities
  • Coils at the crux of the magnet
  • Intimate coil / magnet coupling
  • Resonance free body design
Body : aluminium, resonance controlled
Cantilever : boron
Stylus : ogura PA (3 x 30µm) solid diamond
Core/coils : hi grade permalloy square core with 5N silver coils.
Magnet : neodymium – both front and rear.
Weight : 7.8g
Output voltage : 0.4mV (3.54cm/s, 1kHz)
Internal impedance : 4 ohms
Frequency response : 10Hz – 20kHz +1.5dB 20kHz – 40kHz +2dB
Channel separation :    > 27dB (200Hz – 1kHz)
Channel balance : < 0.5dB at 1kHz
Tracking ability : >70µm at tracking force 2.0g at 315Hz
Dynamic compliance : 12 x 10-6 cm/dyne
Set up instructions
Recommended loading : >7 ohms recommend’
Tracking force :  2.0 g
Optimum working temp : 23º celsius
Break in period :  30 hours
PROTEUS

Mr Seiji Yoshioka’s pioneering spirit and sustained commitment to the perfection of moving coil phono cartridges is represented by his latest and unfathomable flagship model – “THE PROTEUS”

The Proteus can only be understood in musical and emotional terms; it skilfully weaves it’s spell by interpreting analogue playback with such natural resolution, scale and dimension, that it leaves you lost in the music. It eloquently performs this by revealing the subtle cues and nuances that gives the listener that magical chill of recognition so often inaudible with other cartridges.

The Proteus triumphs at the highest level by almost disappearing and leaving it’s audience with a palpable sense of intensely communicative music. In other words – pure and simple musical enjoyment.

£3995

Transfiguration Proteus @ Lotus Hifi
  • Specially designed 5N silver coils increases transparency and natural detail
  • Hard wired internally mini-leads for greater accuracy which provides more of the music
  • Total control over one of the several variables which can adversely influence the Proteus’ ultimate performance
  • Two coils within double ring neodymium magnets
  • No yokes
  • No magnetic irregularities
  • Coils at the crux of the magnet
  • Ultra tight magnet-coil coupling for improved resolution
  • Body design in special aluminium with true control of the frequency
Body : aluminium, resonance controlled
Cantilever : 0.3mm solid boron
Stylus : PA (3 x 30µm) solid diamond
Core/coils : Ultra grade 3S – µ metal square core with 5N silver coils
Magnet : neodymium – front &amp; rear
Weight : 7.8g
Output voltage : 0.2mV (3.54cm/s, 1kHz)
Internal impedance : 1 ohm
Frequency response : 10Hz – 20kHz +1.5dB, 20kHz – 40kHz +2dB
Channel separation : 30dB (200Hz – 1kHz)
Channel balance : 0.5dB at 1kHz
Tracking ability : 70µm at tracking force 2.0g at 315Hz
Dynamic compliance : 13 x 10-6 cm/dyne
Recommended loading : 10 ohms
Recommend’ tracking force : 2.0 g
Optimum working tempurature : 23º celsius
Break in period : 30 hours