The Raven GT - Our compact turntable
The newly-developed Raven GT is not simply there to fill the gap between our base model the Raven One and the classic Raven AC. It incorporates knowledge and experience that we have made over the years. The primary aim was to be able to offer a compact turntable which could run two tonearms without any sonic compromise for a reasonable price.
The basic shape is similar to the Raven One. However, unlike the Raven One, the 22kg chassis of the GT is made from black anodised Aluminium, and due to sits shape is considerably more compact and takes up little more space than a 12" LP. The ability to attach two tonearms was the basis for the design. We have dispensed with the elaborate alteration involving a separate motor housing which was the case with the Raven One. The GT’s motor is located directly in the chassis, right behind the 6kg platter, so that the distance between the platter and motor pulley is kept to an absolute minimum. This allows the use of an extremely short belt which makes contact with almost the entire circumference of the platter. This allows us to attain wow and flutter values of 0.02%, almost unheard of with belt drive turntables and normally only associated with the very best of recent Japanese direct drive turntables.
We are certain that the new Raven GT will, due to its compact shape, reliability and flexibility with regard to tonearm choice, bring its future owners many years of musical pleasure of the highest order.
Chassis 22 kg
Platter: 6 kg
Motor control unit: 1 kg
Total footprint: 440 mm x 370 mm (W x D)
Material: 60 mm aluminium, ceramic bead blasted and silk matt black anodised.
Three, stainless steel, height adjustable
Material: 60 mm TW ACUSTIC’s proprietary Delrin-based compound
Bronze bearing, 16 mm hard metal shaft with ball on top, running on a thrust washer of ‘Material S ® (green)’. This is a special low-pressure PE based material with a very low coefficient of friction and very high wear resistance, giving a long maintenance free life without the need for additional lubrication. Bushing is machined exactly to fit the bearing with zero float, yet remains replaceable.
Motor control unit:
controlled by a microcontroller.
Up to two tonearms may be fitted.
The following upgrades are available
- Raven Black Night feet
- Raven AC or Raven Black Night motor control unit
- second arm board
- Raven AC platter