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The Alva TT turntable can be wired up to a living room hi-fi system, or can stream high resolution audio to Bluetooth speakers and headphones
The Alva TT turntable can be wired up to a living room hi-fi system, or can stream high resolution audio to Bluetooth speakers and headphones
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The Alva TT turntable can be wired up to a living room hi-fi system, or can stream high resolution audio to Bluetooth speakers and headphones
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The Alva TT turntable can be wired up to a living room hi-fi system, or can stream high resolution audio to Bluetooth speakers and headphones
The Alva TT Bluetooth-enabled turntable has a medium torque direct drive motor turning the POM platter, and a single piece tonearm that ends in a MC cartridge
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The Alva TT Bluetooth-enabled turntable has a medium torque direct drive motor turning the POM platter, and a single piece tonearm that ends in a MC cartridge
Placement issues in the living room should no longer be a problem with the Cambridge Audio Alva TT Bluetooth-enabled turntable
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Placement issues in the living room should no longer be a problem with the Cambridge Audio Alva TT Bluetooth-enabled turntable

At CES 2019 in Las Vegas this week, Sony unveiled a new turntable that merged old tech with new, including Bluetooth for wireless streaming. The UK's Cambridge Audio has gone a step further with a Bluetooth-enabled turntable that supports high resolution streaming courtesy of the aptX HD codec.

As with Sony's effort, Bluetooth technology means that users can place the turntable anywhere in the room, rather than it having to sit atop or next to a hi-fi amp. The wireless technology also allows listeners to pair the disc spinner with a portable BT speaker or wireless headphones and carry sound around the living space.

Though Sony hasn't revealed what flavor of Bluetooth it has included or what decoding is supported, it's unlikely to match the audio resolution promised by Cambridge Audio. The Alva TT will stream at up to 24-bit/48 kHz resolution thanks to support for the aptX HD codec.

The Alva TT Bluetooth-enabled turntable has a medium torque direct drive motor turning the POM platter, and a single piece tonearm that ends in a MC cartridge
The Alva TT Bluetooth-enabled turntable has a medium torque direct drive motor turning the POM platter, and a single piece tonearm that ends in a MC cartridge

Elsewhere, the TT's medium torque direct drive motor can turn the polyoxymethylene platter at 33.3 or 45 rpm, the single-piece straight tonearm ends in a high output moving coil cartridge and there's a dust cover included.

Should listeners wish to cable up the turntable to a hi-fi amplifier, they needn't worry if their amp of choice doesn't have a dedicated phono stage, as the TT has its own.

The Alva TT will be available from April for US$1,700. The video below has more.

Product page: Alva TT

Introducing the Alva TT Direct Drive Turntable | Cambridge Audio

2 comments
T N Args
Nice to see these products emerging. I would note, though, that HD streaming resolution is hardly needed. Despite the madness of audiophiles, it is not worth exceeding 16/48. PS I own 5 turntables, one of which the respected Mark Döhmann told me I would need to spend over $20,000 to improve on -- just the deck. So I *do* know what I'm talking about.
Fast Eddie
I thought the renaissance of LPs was about staying analog from groove to ear(?) Doesn't digitizing, even at a very high resolution, defeat the emotion of the decision to return to analog?