Triplanar MK VII Tonearm

MSRP: $5,800

There is a unique kind of atmosphere to the TriPlanar’s sound, an engrossing view of the music that nudges performers closer to a lifelike physical presence…. The TriPlanar is a musical extrovert, not for what it demands from you while you listen, but rather for what it does — its wholly natural way of unifying the entirety of the performance. Soundstage!

Product Description

TRIPLANAR FEATURES

  • Damped headshell
  • Annealed-aluminum coaxial damped armtube
  • Clamping yoke design that firmly couples the headshell tube to the bearing tube, making for a single unit yet allowing azimuth rotation of the headshell
  •  Silicone-fluid trough tonearm damping
  • Bearings featuring hand-crafted, hardened and polished needle cones
  • Progressive anti-skating design
  • Sophisticated system of decoupled counterweights, allowing proper stylus force for any cartridge without altering effective mass
  • Easy 3-screw installation, with no large VTA hole

Specifications

  • Type: gimbal-bearing tonearm
  • Effective length: 250mm
  • Pivot-to-spindle distance: 233.5mm
  • Overhang: 16.5mm
  • Offset angle: 22°
  • Effective mass: 11g
  • Bearing offset: 22°

Available in Silver or Black

Terminations:

  • 1 meter direct to RCA or XLR
  • 25 cm to box output F RCA
  • 15 cm to DIN Cardas connector (DIN to RCA or XLR not included)

Shipping Information:

Total weight: 6 lbs.

Box Size: 20″ x 13″ x 7″

 ANALOG AUDIO’S THOUGHTS ON THE TRIPLANAR MK VII TONEARM

What else can be said about Triplanar? The reviewers and owners have pretty much summed up the Triplanar already. Unmatched flexibility, service and support and most of all musical reproduction is usually how the song goes. Choosing the Triplanar tonearm when evaluating analog products was quick and painless. Easy to mount, amazingly configurable and presented an outstanding sound: very accurate, yet musical. It is truly difficult developing a product that is both flexible, yet easy to use and yet Triplanar has managed to do it. When first demonstrating the tonearm to clients we are often told it looks daunting. Within minutes the attitude changes and our clients are amazed by its ease of use. But to an advanced user, almost anything can be accomplished on the tonearm. Very handy and well placed adjustments allow one to make every adjustment necessary to guarantee a perfect setup. Personally I have never run across a cartridge that I was unable to properly set up.

Triplanar has been around for a long time. The current model, the MK VII looks very similar to the original product yet incorporates major performance enhancements. Some products have major overhauls and redevelopment cycles, yet not so with the Triplanar. The original product was so well thought out and engineered that the core design still stands today as a model of how to build a proper tonearm. Obvious features like the Vertical Tracking Angle (VTA) adjustment “on-the-fly” stand out on the tonearm. But it is the small adjustments that make the Triplanar such a great tonearm to set up. Take azimuth for instance. It is nothing short of a major pain in the butt to properly set azimuth on most tonearms, yet the Triplanar can be adjusted quickly and accurately with one small hex driver. Small feature? Perhaps. But it  shows the attention to detail that Triplanar demonstrates. A number of other critical adjustments  can be made with that same hex driver (included, of course). No question about it, for precise and fast set ups, Triplanar takes the gold prize.

The Triplanar is a medium mass tonearm that plays well with others. I have put both high and low compliance cartridges in it and have always had reasonably good success. Of course, a properly matched cartridge is highly desirable. We were big fans of Myabi cartridges with the Triplanar, but since the retirement of Takada-son we had to look elsewhere. Good fortune led us to the Dynavector line and the XV-1S is now our go-to cartridge. For those who think outside the box, we have had simply wonderful success mating the Triplanar with the Brinkmann EMT Titanium cartridge. That set up has a gorgeous soundstage and just the right amount of detail!

If you are thinking about buying a turntable or upgrading your current one, you must absolutely audition the Triplanar. It has the pedigree and experience you need for a top shelf tonearm and the performance to make you sit back and smile when you drop the stylus on your favorite record. Questions? Please Call!