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Cambridge Audio reveals a high-end Bluetooth turntable, the Alva TT



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Bluetooth turntables have been with us for a while now, with brands like Crosley, Ion and now Sony combining the two most millennial ways of listening to music in one (budget) unit, but no one has ever done one quite like this .

The Cambridge Audio Alva TT is a high-end "all-in-one" which also happens to include aptX HD Bluetooth. While most turntables offer BT receivers for playing music stored on a phone, this model instead offers a transmitter output. The Alva TT is capable of transmitting your LPs to a pair of high-end headphones, a compatible hi-fi or God forbid, a cheap Bluetooth speaker.

Wireless capability aside from this is a very specified turntable, and it is designed to appeal to the well-heeled listener who wants a true set-and-forget system. It features a built-in, non-defeatable pre-based on the company's Duo phono stage. In this way it's akin to other "starter" decks like the VPI Traveler

  • Bluetooth AptX HD (24-bit / 48kHz LPCM)
  • Factory-fitted high output Alva MC cartridge (avail separately for £ 450 and $ 500, roughly AU $ 695)
  • Direct Drive engine
  • Aluminum arm (Rega)

and RCA. Based on the letter demo it was hard to gauge, but the sound didn't immediately grab me in the way that Rega Planar 3 or Clearaudio Concept has. If you prefer the hands-on, DIY nature of owning a high-end turntable then perhaps these two models would be a better fit.

The Cambridge Audio Alva TT will be available in April 2019 for £ 1,500 or $ 1,700 (roughly AU $ 2,350).


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