Cambridge Audio Alva TT V2 Turntable
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33⅓ & 45 RPM Direct Drive Turntable, Bluetooth aptX HD Hi-Res Streaming
Solid Construction, 6mm Machined Aluminium Top Plate, Hinged Dust Cover
Static Balanced Tonearm with Detachable Headshell
Pre-Installed High Output MC Cartridge & Built-In Switchable Phono Stage
About The Cambridge Audio Alva TT V2 Turntable
The Cambridge Audio Alva TT V2 takes all the best bits of the first Alva TT & Alva ST turntables and takes things to the next level. The Alva TT V2 uses direct drive propulsion, has a weighty Polyoxymethylene (POM) platter and sports a high quality high output moving coil cartridge.
Like the original Alva & recent Alva ST it is, what many consider to be, the ultimate jack of all trades turntable with a suite of convenience features seldom encountered in a turntable of any price including the hi-resolution wireless output via Bluetooth aptX HD.
In homage to the genius of Thomas Alva Edison, the Cambridge Audio Alva TT V2 Turntable tackles a problem that many people encounter in their home – where on earth can I put the turntable?
You see, turntables typically output very low level signals – think 5.5 mV (millivolts) if your turntable sports a cartridge like the very popular Ortofon 2M Red. This level of signal will not survive long on a cable which is why turntable leads generally max out at about 1.2 metres. CD Players or line level sources, by comparison, have an output (depending on the music) of anywhere between 200 mV & 2000 mV (2 Volts). That means the output of a turntable is, at best, around 40 times lower than a line level source. You can see why turntables need a phono stage to raise the output to a useful level (phono stages also provide RIAA equalisation but that’s a discussion for another day). It also means that turntables need to be fairly close to amplifiers, especially amplifiers with a built-in phono stage.
But Turntables are not that easy to accommodate in a modern home, where discrete is the name of the game and trying to sit a turntable on top of your sleek cabinet or squeezed under the TV etc is never going to be a good look. And hiding a turntable in a cabinet is always a pain, with hinged lids not playing well with confined spaces.
So, doesn’t it sound nice to be able to site your turntable out of the way, maybe near the listening seat or in an adjacent room? With the Cambridge Audio Alva TT V2, which can output hi-res audio via Bluetooth aptX HD, that’s exactly what you can do. All you need is either a standard Bluetooth connection, which is provided in every current home theatre receiver and many stereo amplifiers, or if you want to take full advantage of Lossless Hi-Resolution sound, a Bluetooth aptX HD connection which is featured on the Cambridge Audio Edge A & Edge NQ and a growing number of other products including the NAD C 658 Preamp/Music Streamer & the Bluesound Node Music Streamer (and other Bluesound models).
There is also the exciting option of streaming music from the Alva direct to high performance headphones like the B&W PX7 S2, which just happen to be aptX HD capable. How wonderful to be able to wander around your house or out on the deck whilst listening to hi-res music streamed direct from your turntable to your head. Old tech meets new, in an amazing way. Who knew vinyl could be soooo convenient.
Alva TT V2 - Just Add Vinyl: You’ve spent years building your record collection. You’ve dedicated weekends to searching for hidden gems in record stores and carefully curating your discoveries. You worked hard, because you love music. Cambridge Audio worked hard creating Alva TT V2, all for the love of music.
Rare Bluetooth aptX HD Turntable: Bluetooth aptX HD liberates your record player from the hi-fi rack. With the freedom to place Alva TT anywhere you like, your records are invited into the lime-light. Your music can be streamed from Alva TT to any Bluetooth receiver at up to 24bit/48kHz Hi-Res, which means you’re guaranteed an authentic vinyl experience, wherever it’s placed.
Integrated Switchable Phono Stage: Alva TT’s custom designed, integrated phono stage simplifies the physical connection - removing the need for extra boxes in your set-up. This switchable phono stage builds on the success of Cambridge Audio’s award-winning, 5-star, standalone pre-amplifiers, the Alva Solo and Alva Duo, reducing unwanted noise while preserving the characteristic warmth of your vinyl.
MC Cartridge Pre-Installed: The cartridge on the Alva TT is pre-installed. There’s no tricky set-up needed, and it’s perfectly matched to the other components in the turntable. Cambridge Audio opted for a High-output Moving Coil (MC) cartridge with an exposed cantilever design. It reduces unwanted resonance and vibration, delivers high levels of gain and outstanding musical detail during playback.
Direct Drive: Rather than go for a Belt Drive system with the Alva TT V2, Cambridge Audio’s engineers opted for a medium-torque Direct Drive. Over time, the elastic used on a Belt Drive turntable can stretch and will need to be replaced. As a result of this wear, Belt Drive turntables traditionally have a less accurate playback speed than their Direct Drive cousins. This isn’t a problem on the Alva TT – it has just 0.1% Wow & Flutter. This means far better pitch stability – particularly during longer, more sustained musical notes.
Innovative POM Platter: Complementing the Direct Drive motor, the platter on the Alva TT is both dense and heavy. It’s made from Polyoxymethylene (POM), a high-tech engineering thermoplastic used in precision parts requiring high stiffness and excellent dimensional stability. The weight of the platter, coupled with the medium torque Direct Drive motor, ensures excellent speed stability during playback of your records.
All-New Tonearm: After hours of testing, Cambridge Audio’s engineers selected a new high-mass, low-resonance tonearm for Alva TT V2 and Alva ST. By minimising resonant frequencies, and in combination with the cartridge, it helps retrieve the maximum detail from your records. A detachable die-cast aluminium headshell makes swapping cartridges easy – then fine-tuned with greater precision thanks to a new anti-skating dial.
Designed For Life: A record collection can last a lifetime, so why shouldn’t a turntable? Cambridge Audio built Alva TT V2 to endure, starting with a top plate hewn from 6mm aluminium plate, and layer of EVA to absorb vibration sitting on MDF. It’s cradled in a composite chassis and weighs an impressive 10.9kg. Reassuring solid construction, with great acoustic qualities too.
Timeless Style, From London: Finished with a lunar-grey aluminium top plate and matt black plinth, tapering to Cambridge Audio’s trademark floating wedge base, Alva TT V2 celebrates their timeless house-style. It’s the perfect match for their best-selling CX Series hi-fi separates and shares the laser-etched brand logo with the premium Edge Series.
Protect Your Records & Turntable: Your records are your prized possessions, so Cambridge Audio include a detachable dust cover with the Alva TT V2 to protect whatever you’re spinning.
About Cambridge Audio
For Cambridge Audio, life began in the swinging sixties, 1968 to be exact. This was a decade when British bands began to enjoy unprecedented global success, British studios led the way in recording techniques and British manufacturers started to make the best hi-fi equipment in the world, to replay music as naturally as possible. This sound has become recognised as the ‘British’ sound and Cambridge Audio was there at the beginning.
Although some of their products are very reasonably priced, don’t assume they are not good. In fact Cambridge Audio set the pace when it comes to value-for-money.
The P40 stereo amplifier was Cambridge Audio’s first product and was a runaway award-winning success. A promising start but Cambridge had lots more coming including new amps, preamps, power amps, AM/FM tuners, CD players, cassette decks and even the R50 transmission line speakers, which were all the rage in 1971.
The original DacMagic digital to analogue convertor was released to wide acclaim in 1995 and since then Cambridge Audio has been at the forefront of analogue & digital technology with cutting edge products like the Azur and 850 series, Minx sub sat systems and many more. Today we are spoilt for choice with something from the AX, CX, Edge or Evo range bound to suit your taste and wallet.
Cambridge Audio Alva TT V2 Turntable Reviews
"…The Alva TT V2 is a turntable that can actually be used like turntables are in the films: positioned all by itself on a shelf, with no cables visible, and miles away from the system to which it’s streaming." Trusted Reviews
"The Alva TT V2 expertly blends old and new, with features you won’t find elsewhere for the price." Stuff
"The Alva TT V2 is a beautifully built turntable backed up by Cambridge Audio’s half a century of producing high-end audio gear." Forbes
“Throw in a bespoke MC cartridge and an integrated phono stage, and you’ve got one of the best record players on the market" Rolling Stone
Our Take On The Cambridge Audio Alva TT V2 Turntable
So, a jack of all trades turntable the Alva TT V2 certainly is, but it seems to be the master of a fair few things as well. With its direct drive motor, pre-installed high output MC cartridge, built-in switchable phono stage, Bluetooth aptX HD wireless streaming and a top notch tonearm with detachable headshell, the Alva TT V2 is ideally suited to take its place in a thoroughly modern, 21st Century system. Not bad for technology originally invented by Thomas Alva Edison in 1877.
Main Features & Specifications
- Design: Manual 33/45 rpm Direct Drive Turntable with MC Cartridge, Built-In Switchable Phono Stage & Bluetooth aptX HD Output
- Drive Type: Direct Drive
- Turntable Speeds: 33⅓, 45 rpm
- Motor Torque: 1.6kg/cm
- Wow & Flutter: <0.1%
- Turntable Platter: 2.2 kg POM (Polyoxymethylene)
- Type: Static Balanced Tonearm w/ detachable Headshell
- Effective Length: 221.5mm
- Overhang: 19mm
- Effective Mass: 19.6g
- Compatible Cartridge Weights: 4.5-12g
- Type: High Output Moving Coil
- Frequency Response: +/- 1dB 30Hz-20kHz
- Stylus: Elliptical
- Cantilever: Aluminium
- Output Level: 2mV @ 1kHz
- Tracking Force: 2g
- Recommended Load: 47kΩ
- Switchable Phono Stage
- Gain @ 1kHz: 42dB
- Nominal Output (with CA cartridge): 250m Vrms
- Equivalent Input Noise (A-weighted): 0.1u Vrms
- RIAA Curve Accuracy: +/- 0.3dB 30Hz-20Hz
- Signal/Noise Ratio (ref 1V out, 20-20K BW): >90dB
- THD+N 1kHz: 0.0025%
- Input Impedance: 47kΩ
- Input Capacitance: 100pF
- Analogue Audio Outputs: RCA line level/phono switchable
- Bluetooth: SBC, aptX, aptX HD
- Power Supply: AC 100-240V, 60/50Hz
- Power Consumption: 5.5W, 20W max, <0.25W (Standby)
- Upgradeable Power Cable: Yes – Isotek Sequel recommended
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 435 x 139 x 368mm
- Weight: 10.9kg
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 Years
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE.
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