Ortofon TA-110 9" static-balance tonearm has gone to the next level by reducing unwanted vibrations in the tonearm. 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 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.
TA-110 Technical data
Effective mass without headshell: 3.5 g
Mass of supplied headshell: 15.5 g
Effective armlength (distance between the stylus and pivot point): 231.0 mm
Mounting distance (distance between the pivot point and turntable center): 213.0 mm
Offset angle: 23.9 degrees
Overhang: 18.0 mm
Tracking force adjusting range (direct reading): 0-3 g
Height adjustment range: 35-55 mm
Diameter of the armbase mounting hole: 19-20 mm
Diameter of the center shaft of tonearm: 18.0 mm
Inner null point: 66 mm
Outer null point: 120.9 mm
Counterweight for cartridge + headshell mass between 21 and 28 g included
Headshell LH-2000E included, weight: 15.5 g
TA-110 total weight including headshell: 470 g
Set of tonearm cables 6NX-TSW-1010 included
Extra mass ring for heavier cartridges included, weight 45 g
"Ortofon's TA-110 tonearm is an outstanding value. This statically balanced, gimbal-type arm uses a Baerwald-style armtube, Ortofon's highest-quality bearings, and a detachable headshell, and includes a vary good, 6N, high purity copper cable...
What the TA-110 does, it does very well. Utilising its experience in vibration analysis, Ortofon injects rubber into a slit in the armtube..., dampening resonances and yielding an arm with remarkable transparency, low coloration and precise, natural soundstaging..."
Hi-Fi World March 2012 Reviewed by Adam Smith
"...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..."
• 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). - 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. •Extra mass ring weight 45 g.
Extra mass ring for heavier cartridge-and-headshell combinations, e.g. SPU cartridges
The extra mass ring may need to be attached to achieve proper tracking force.The counterweight should be attached onto the rear of the tonearm with the inner number scale facing forward. If the extra mass ring is needed, it must be installed prior to attaching the counterweight to the tonearm. The extra mass ring should be installed on the back of the counterweight and may need to be twisted slightly to facilitate the installation. Ensure that the extra mass ring fits tightly to the thick part of the counterweight
The TA-110 can ideally be combined with the MC Windfeld Ti, MC A95, SPU Series and the Ortofon Xpression phono cartridges.
For SPU Series the extra mass ring may need to be attached to achieve proper tracking force.
The combination of Xpression, the ST-80 SE Moving Coil transformer and TA-110 gives a supreme experience!
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 aluminum 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. The effect of the rubber damping properties in Ortofon TA-110 is a lot less stressed armtube than a conventional armtube.