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Simplicity II
Reference Tone-Arm
Product Features:

The THALES SIMPLICITY II sets the benchmark for what is possible in tone-arm design today. The tracking geometry is based on a unique tetragon solution that reduces the tracking error to 0.006°.

Our new TTF-bearing-technology makes sure the performance achieves a level never reached before as the micro-ball-bearings are arranged in a tension-free setup. The intrinsic frequencies of the two tone-arm tubes are carefully tuned to improve on the damping properties of any single arm tube design.

The SIMPLICITY II comes with a special tool to make sure the installation is as precise as the manufacturing. The head-shell can be removed very easily for exact alignment of the cartridge. Three different counter weights, each with a different mass are supplied to enable a wide range of cartridges to be used (7 to 23 grams). The tone-arm is available in bronze, grey or black anodized finish and is featured with Thales’s own internal wiring. This wiring is very flexible and made from the purest copper. Three different wiring terminations are available.


Based on our long lasting experience in building micro-bearings for high end tone-arms, we started in 2012 to develop the TTF (Thales-Tension-Free) technology. This technology should combine the advantages of traditional jewel bearings (damping properties, one point contact and angular alignment) with the benefit of the ball bearing (load resistant, solid). Much research was made before this new technology could be implemented in our tone-arms. TTF technology gives incredibly low friction values, absolute freedom of backlash and as a nice side effect, an integrated shock absorbing system.

Product Specifications:

- Optimized geometry with a max tracking error of 0.006°
- Bearing with five axis and ten micro ball bearings
- Fine-adjustment mechanism for VTA and Azimuth
- Chrome plated brass parts
- Anodized aluminum parts (bronze, black or grey)
- Exchangeable head shell, anodized finish
- Effective length: 9 inches
- Effective tone-arm mass: 18g
- Integrated 5-pin-DIN-connector
- Option: direct wiring / terminal RCA/XLR

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