From that we would recommend that owners of a TT5 label their records for the preferred torque setting. A little colored sticker will do. But after all these laurels for motor-force adjustability, we must play devil's advocate. Why bother with any of it? Why not just settle for high torque across your collection in a one-for-all strategy?

Well, not. Playing through loads of vinyl like Unifony, Kraftwerk's The Man Machine, Adele's 21, Pat Metheny's Works, The Allman Brothers Band's Brothers and Sisters, Andreas Vollenweider's Behind the Gardens, Ulla Meinecke's Wenn Schon Nicht, Birelli Lagrene Ensemble's Routes to Django and, not to forget, the great-sounding new vinyl issue of Eric Vaarzon Morel's Flamenco de Hoy, the conclusion was crystal. A torque setting too low tends to get too bright while going too high muddies up the lower freqs. The right setting differs from pressing to pressing even of the same record. But with the right setting, the TT5 simply was the bomb!

During our time with the TT5, Viroa and Blue Dragon setup, we established a new personal reference for the most serious vinyl enjoyment. With a design that contradicts many established concepts like flexible motor suspension, lightweight platters, adjustable motor torque, magnetic balancing/anti-skating topped by a core-less straight flux cartridge, we found true bliss of the highest order. The TT5 combo offered great dynamics, lightning-quick reflexes, low-frequency extension that maxed out what's possible with vinyl, mids and highs which were smooth or pungent as needed and a soundstage that was deep, wide, packed with detail and large as life.

 This was true innovation. These were ideas come true. This was music!

In red as shown on FaceBook. White is the third option free of charge. Custom colors with extra lead time add $300. Extra arm board for a second Viroa arm is $120, for other arms $200. Warranty is three years parts and labor.