Cambridge Audio Alva TT
Cambridge Audio has developed a direct drive turntable featuring aptX HD wireless audio. By supporting high-resolution 24bit/48kHz streaming over Bluetooth to compatible amplifiers, speakers and headphones, the Alva TT delivers convenient and seamless, wireless streaming that doesn't compromise on audio quality. Combining 50 years of British audio engineering expertise with cutting-edge digital technology, the Alva TT is the perfect turntable for the modern vinyl collector. Turntables may seem like the most traditional of all the audio devices available today, but with the new Alva TT, Cambridge Audio has proven that there's still room for innovation.
The Alva TT is the world's first turntable with integrated aptX HD audio. Developed by Qualcomm, the aptX HD audio codec enables Bluetooth devices to deliver 24bit/48kHz LPCM wireless sound, which is indistinguishable from wired high-resolution audio. That means the Alva TT can wirelessly stream audio from any records it plays to aptX HD-equipped amplifiers like Cambridge Audio's own Edge A or Edge NQ, as well as compatible aptX HD-equipped Bluetooth speakers and headphones, with no discernible loss of quality. This gives the music fan more options regarding the Alva TT's placement in the home, as there's no requirement to run a cable from turntable to amplifier. The Alva TT can be paired with Bluetooth devices in seconds, requiring only a single button press, and is compatible with SBC and aptX devices in addition to aptX HD products.
Since Cambridge Audio was founded in 1968, the company has built a reputation for exceptional audio engineering and premium build quality. Designed and engineered in the UK from the ground up, the Alva TT's body is milled from a single piece of high-quality aluminum. Befitting a cutting-edge turntable, Cambridge Audio has opted for medium torque Direct Drive motor design and a rigid and dense Polyoxymethylene (POM) platter to ensure a more accurate playback speed, stable pitch performance and minimal vibrations that can color the sound.
To deliver incredible levels of detail from your record collection, the Alva TT boasts a single- piece, low-friction tonearm and comes with a bespoke high output Moving Coil (MC) cartridge pre-installed. Adopting a cantilever design to reduce unwanted resonance, the MC cartridge offers faster response times and greater detail than its Moving Magnet carriage counterpart. Building on the success of Cambridge Audio's award-winning Solo and Duo, the Alva TT's built-in phono stage allows you to connect directly to active powered speakers or a non-phono enabled amplifier, without the need for extra boxes. The phono stage also eliminates unwanted noise to preserve the unique warm sound of vinyl.
For 50 years, Cambridge Audio has designed products allowing listeners to hear music exactly as it was recorded - nothing added, nothing taken away. The Alva TT's aptX HD support ensures that this philosophy holds true for vinyl listeners, even those who prefer the convenience of streaming their favorite music wirelessly. With vinyl, a format in resurgence now is the perfect time to invest in a pioneering high-quality turntable. 4.1 million vinyl LPs were sold in 2017, a 26.8% increase on 2016's sales and the highest overall level of sales since the early 1990s, and LPs now account for one in every 15 albums purchased. The Alva TT will be available in April, priced at €1,700. The Alva MC cartridge will be available to purchase separately, priced at €500. Info and photos by Cambridge Audio.