VANA, Ltd. has announced the arrival in the USA of the European Audio Team (E.A.T) B-Sharp turntable, with features taken directly from the company’s award-winning C-Major turntable (which Janine reviewed for Hifi Pig last year). VANA went on to tell us “The B-Sharp sheds all of the non-essential cosmetic adornments of the C-Major without compromising performance or mechanical integrity, providing vinyl enthusiasts with a superb playback option at a more affordable price”.
The B-Sharp turntable features the new B-Note tonearm, made from a carbon fibre alloy that is light yet rigid with a black anodized aluminium headshell. The B-Note tonearm provides all of the key features for cartridge alignment and adjustability: VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle), SRA (Stylus Rake Angle), VTF (Vertical Tracking Force), azimuth and a slotted headshell for overhang / offset angle. The anti-skate mechanism has been engineered for more intuitive calibration, making setup of the B-Sharp notably easier.
A proprietary low noise motor, floating chassis, aluminium platter and a high-density MDF low profile base are included as standard features of the B-Sharp. Like the C-Major, the B-Sharp uses a high-tech TPE (thermoplastic elastomers) suspension system that works in concert with adjustable feet that provide levelling ability for the table. The B-Sharp comes equipped with a factory installed Ortofon 2M Blue Cartridge, hinged dustcover, low mass aluminium record clamp and a felt platter mat—all included.
“The B-Sharp delivers a level of performance commensurate with turntables at a significantly higher price point—and we are confident that the B-Sharp will bring joy and lasting satisfaction to music aficionados everywhere,” commented VANA’s Nancy Weiner. “Factoring in the new tonearm, the easy-to-use anti-skate and the ready-to-play nature of the B-Sharp, we are confident that this product will become an instant classic.”
The E.A.T. B-Sharp is available now with a US MSRP is $1595.