Reed 5A tonearm introduced as angling- 90o - tangential-pivot-tonearm, it is based on Double Birch/Thales geometry and will complement our tangential tonearm lineup.
Comparing to regular pivot tonearms, the 5A does not require antiskating and has much less absolute tracking error (max. tracking error is +/- 4 Minute of Angle (MOA) (Fig.2). Pivot tonearms - approx. 1.2 - 2.5 deg. (Fig.3).
Comparing to other tangential tonearms, the 5A does not require any additional devices to work (e.g. compressors, electronic controllers), is compact and can be easily mounted on a wide range of turntables.
In the the 5A, the armtube suspension system is similar to the one used in Reed 3P tonearm. The tonearm’s back link uses low-noise ceramic rolling bearings. The lever uses a low-noise ceramic rolling bearing and rests on the sapphire / molybdenum carbide thrust bearing. The sapphire / molybdenum carbide thrust bearings are also used for the tonearm’s front link, vertical and horizontal axes. The tonearm has VTA and azimuth setup and can be configured with a Reed or SME (universal headshell connector) headshells.
To make sure the tonearm setup is precisely horizontal, the tonearm has an integrated level and horizontal plane adjuster. In comparison to regular pivot tonearms, the 5A does not require antiskating and has much less absolute tracking error.
More details on the Reed 5A Tonearm can be found here.