Hand crafted in Japan, Transfiguration’s moving coil (MC) cartridges have been variously described as the most important cartridge design since the invention of
the moving coil, and the world’s most musically engaging. Their “revolutionary” design completely restructures the conventional MC layout to turn the theoretical benefits of a moving coil into reality.
“The unique yokeless design and double ring magnet result in an extremely accurate coil / magnet interface in which the coils are positioned right inside the magnets. This ground-breaking design was conceived to remove the variations in flux introduced by traditional magnetic field-dispersing yoke type assemblies. The result is a new level of focus, resolution of the subtlest details and a stunningly live performance” says the company’s press release.
The starting point of the current Transfiguration range, the Axia S, features two coils within double ring magnets, the front in samarium cobalt and the rear in neodymium.
The Phoenix S is next up and has rear neodymium magnets and a lower internal impedance combine to create an “unprecedented focus of the magnetic field”.
The Proteus is Transfiguration’s top-of-the-range flagship cartridge. By lowering the internal impedance down to just 1 ohm, the Proteus can reproduce music with incredible transparency and musicality say the company.
In the words of Immutable Music’s Seiji Yoshioka, “The best audio components are those that simply don’t seem to exist – so good that they add nothing, subtract nothing.”
Simon Griffin, Managing Director of Decent Audio, said, “I’m thrilled to be adding Transfiguration to our portfolio and look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship with Immutable Music. I’ve been a fan of these superb cartridges for years. It’s not often that a hi-fi professional gets so caught up in a musical experience that they forget about the mechanics of the system playing it, but if anything’s going to do that, these cartridges will.”
Pricing and availability
• The Proteus, Phoenix S and Axia S are available now.
• UK retail prices including VAT @ 20%:
o Axia S £1,375
o Phoenix S £1,995
o Proteus £2,995