The tonearm’s job is to carry the cartridge and allow it to track the vinyl accurately without adding any sonic character of its own. In my view, the Ortofon TA-110 does so without breaking a sweat. e. Congratulations to Ortofon for developing this elegant solution and translating it to a tonearm that is truly universal in application. The TA-110 is a runaway must-have at this price and a serious contender at several times the price. - Dagogo Review
With more manufacturers selling complete turntable system packages under their own badges, the TA-110 may have a difficult time finding a home, but it is definitely worth pursuing. It mates superbly with the Merrill-Williams 101 turntable, which also makes extensive and effective use of elastomers to control and reduce resonances, and the Ortofon Cadenza Black (and reportedly other high-performance Ortofon cartridges). What is striking about this analog front-end is its clarity and transient speed, lack of distortion and smearing, broad and deep soundstaging, engaging transparency, and smooth but detailed presentation. I was shocked by how close this combination came to the sound of mastertapes in the critical midrange.
The TA-110 is a welcome addition to the ’arms race, leveraging Ortofon’s experience in technical rubber and vibration management into an affordable separate tonearm that controls and dampens spurious vibrations quite effectively. These innovations produce a highly musical, natural, and pure sound that is surprising in this price class. If you prefer to “set-and- forget” your tonearm, you can save a bundle, get soul-satisfying performance, and come closer to the music than you might expect - The Absolute Sound
Ortofon's material know-how is the first area of the Ortofon technology that was applied when developing the TA-110. As a specialist in technical rubber, Ortofon used one of its special rubber compounds when creating the specially shaped rubber with high vibration dampening properties. The rubber pieces are produced at the Ortofon technical rubber facilities in Nakskov.
The second area of Ortofon technology is the extensive knowledge of vibration properties and characteristics. Ortofon has acquired this know-how via the developement of Bone conductors for the hearing aid industry. By using this knowledge and the related computer programs that simulated vibration in different shapes and materials, Ortofon came up with an optimized TA-110.
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The TA-110 is a product with great benefits for the discerning analogue user
The TA-110 is given a precision machined slit in the middle of the aluminium tube. A piece of Ortofon's special vibration damping rubber is inserted into the slit. An armtube without slit and rubber damper is symmetrical in a vertical and lateral plane with respect to vibrations. The slit breaks this symmetry, and mounting the rubber insert gives the desired damping.
Reviewed by: John Bamford
"Ortofon's arms are immaculately finished and beautifully packaged..."
"The revised TA-110 sounds colourful and open, with rich bass and deliciously sweet, delicate treble."
"Mind you, it sounded enchanting with the Rachmaninov, its airness creating a wonderful sense of space that produced a 'widescreen' image of the orchestra."
Hi-Fi World, March 2012
Reviewed by: Adam Smith
Score: 5 Globes
"As soon as stylus hit groove, I was surprised and pleased to hear that the TA-110 took musical performances to a notably higher level. It sounds like a very well developed design in the way in which it simply cuts through the grain and mushy present in poor pressings and recordings to really cut to the chase and deliver the goods."
"At the bottom end, bass from the TA-110 was firm, beautifully extended and magically detailed..."
"... at no point did the TA-110 show any sign of losing control, no matter what sort of input it was fed."
"At the very top end, however, the TA-110 is as pure and clean as could be wished for."
"A superbly made and finished arm that offers a sound that is as polished and classy as its finish."
Supplied with LH-2000E headshell and 6NX-TSW-1010 tonearm cables
TA-110 is a static balance gimbal type arm, easy to use and adjust for optimal VTF settings
TA-110 has a standard 5-pin DIN connector for tonearm cable
The tonearm geometry allows for a Baerwald alignment (also the IEC recommendations)
Counterweight with Inner/Outer scale
Inner scale to be applied with main counterweight
Outer scale to be applied when extra mass ring is added
Counterweight will work with headshell+cartridge mass approximately in the range 20 to 28g
TA-110 is fitted with a standard headshell connector and can easily be adjusted in accordance with the included mounting template
Extra mass ring for heavier cartridge and headshell combinations included, e.g. SPU cartridges (the extra mass ring may need to be attached to achieve proper tracking force)
Extra mass ring weight 45g
The TA-110 can ideally be combined with MC Windfeld, MC A90, SPU Series cartidges and the new Ortofon Xpression (for SPU Series the extra mass ring may need to be attached to achieve proper tracking force)
The combination of Xpression, ST-80 SE Moving Coil transformer and TA-110 gives a supreme experience!
The TA-110 is a welcome addition to the ’arms race, leveraging Ortofon’s experience in technical rubber and vibration management into an affordable separate tonearm that controls and dampens spurious vibrations quite effectively. These innovations produce a highly musical, natural, and pure sound that is surprising in this price class. If you prefer to “set-and- forget” your tonearm, you can save a bundle, get soul-satisfying performance, and come closer to the music than you might expect. The Absolute Sound - Reveiw
Congratulations to Ortofon for developing this elegant solution and translating it to a tonearm that is truly universal in application. The TA-110 is a runaway must-have at this price and a serious contender at several times the price. - Dagogo Reveiw
Ortofon is the world’s oldest and most experienced manufacturer of hi-fi pick-up cartridges. From humble beginnings in 1918, Ortofon is now a prolific winner of various international awards, and consistently well reviewed by the international press with every new product. Their core principles of responsibly sourced high-end materials, meticulous design and production processes, pristine working conditions and superlative attention to detail are evident in every single product they make.
From the introductory moving magnet OM and 2M models, through the Vivo, Rondo and Cadenza Moving Coil series, all the way up to the high-end MC Windfeld, Xpression and brand new MC Anna cartridges, Ortofon are devoted to offering true ‘accuracy in sound’. They also commit to supporting long-time customers by continuing to run replacement styli many years after an original cartridge has been discontinued, and for Moving Coil customers they also run an attractive Exchange Program .
Nothing demonstrates Ortofon's long-standing resilience more than its commitment to the refinement of analogue sound quality and its continued development of new cartridge models. Since 1948 Ortofon have introduced about 100 different moving coil models, with their latest being the Quintet Series.
Ortofon believe the cartridges in this new series are more than worthy successors to the long line of models that have made Ortofon the global leader in the manufacturing and supplying of phono cartridges.
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