.5 – Our
entry level model.
TW-Acustic have developed the Raven .5 in response
to requests for an affordable way into Raven ownership.
to our 'cost no object' turntables, the real development effort here
is in the art of restraint. Despite this, as always we set great store
by our insistence on perfect workmanship and an untouchable feel and
finish. The frame and platter are crafted from the same tried and tested
Delrin that is used in our top models; on the Raven .5 the frame and
platter are each 30 mm thick.
The platter revolves on an inverted bearing
with a 10 mm diameter shaft. The basic frame shape is as similar as
possible to the Raven One. Platter drive is provided by the same three-phase
DC motor. Motor and motor control are integrated within the chassis
and decoupled from it by rubber isolating cushions.
The precision-turned pulley has two different diameters. Choice of
platter speed is achieved by simply moving the precision-ground drive
belt to the relevant part of the pulley. The Raven .5 can accommodate
tonearms of up to 10 inch length. A 10 mm thick plastic disc serves
as an arm mount.
Sonically, the Raven .5 is clearly geared toward the
performance of its bigger brothers and shines with a solid, punchy,
yet high resolution sound which leaves nothing to be desired in terms
of soundstaging and three-dimensionality. The Raven .5 is a high-level
player in every sense.