Bluetooth turntables have been with us for some time now with brands like Crosley, Ion and now Sony, combining the two thousands of ways to listen to music in a (budget) device, but no one has ever done one quite like that.
Cambridge Audio Alva TT is a high-end "all-in-one" turntable that also includes aptX HD Bluetooth. While most turntables offer BT receivers for playing music stored on a phone, this model offers a transmitter output instead. Alva TT is capable of transferring your LPs to a few high-end headphones, a compatible hi-fi or good ban, a cheap Bluetooth speaker.
Wireless Capacity aside This is a highly specified turntable and it is designed to appeal to the well-liked listener who wants a true set and forget system. It has a built-in, non-defeatable pre-amp based on the company's Duo phono scene. In this way, it is akin to other "starter" tires like
- Bluetooth AptX HD (24-bit / 48kHz LPCM)
- Factory-mounted high-output Alva MC cartridge (available separately for £ 450 and $ 500, approximately $ 695)
- Direct Drive motor
- Aluminum tone arm ( Rega)
I heard the turntable through a couple of Bowers and Wilkins 804 D3 and the company's Edge A integrated amplifier via both Bluetooth and RCA. Based on the short demo, it was difficult to measure, but the sound did not immediately grab me in the way thator has. If you prefer the practical, self-contained nature to own a high-end turntable, then perhaps these two models will be better suited.
Cambridge Audio Alva TT will be available in April 201
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