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    FOR IMMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 22, 2016

    Continuum Audio Labs, the world’s finest manufacturers of turntables and tonearms, is pleased to announce the introduction of their new analog playback system, the Obsidian turntable and Viper tonearm. Designed by a team of world-class engineers and designers whose expertise spans the disciplines of physics, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, vibration control, and industrial design, the system represents a major accomplishment in terms of sonic performance, mechanical sophistication, and aesthetic design. By every criterion, the Obsidian and Viper set a new benchmark in their class. Continuum CEO, Dr. Murali Murugasu, observes the significance of the Obsidian and Viper when he commented, “Having already established landmark designs such as the Caliburn and Cobra, creating a new design that would advance analog playback was a formidable challenge. Not only do the Obsidian and Viper do so on their merits, but doing so at its price is truly an accomplishment.”

    While the Obsidian and Viper combine to make a powerful system, each component delivers outstanding performance in its own right. Beginning with the Obsidian turntable, the engineering feats are significant. The primary goal of the platter and suspension system is to reduce and eliminate unwanted noise and resonance using natural elements and good physics. For example, the element tungsten is prized for its high density (1.7 times greater than lead) and natural damping characteristics. Although expensive and difficult to work with, tungsten is used because it allows us to achieve greater mass in the same space. The Obsidian utilizes tungsten in key points of the Obsidian including the arm post, contact points for the arm suspension, and bearing ball and shaft. The bearing itself utilizes a magnetically opposed (but non-floating) design. The net effect of these constructs is that all platter resonances are below 10 Hz and thus have a negligible impact on Obsidian’s sound.

    Beneath the platter and suspension lies another engineering tour-de-force: the motor. Dubbed “The Quiet One” for obvious reasons, this motor was specifically designed for Continuum Audio Labs. A turntable motor must be quite and provide stable operating speed; the Quiet One addresses both parameters. Speed stability comes from a 35mm, 60-volt zero-cogging DC motor that was designed and manufactured specifically for optimum performance with Obsidian’s platter mass and physical harmonic characteristics. The motor is controlled by a servo amplifier running at 53.6 kHz and has the highest power currently available in a motor of its size, far above the range of audibility. A very high-resolution, closed-loop encoder circuit assures nearly perfect speed stability. Noise is addressed through the use of graphite brushes which provide the current conducting capacity required to drive a heavy platter and a specially designed damping system that attenuates brush noise.

    If the Viper tonearm looks familiar, it does so for good reason. Drawing on the familiar contoured shape popularized by the award-winning Cobra tonearm, the Viper then utilizes the latest finite-element analysis (FEA) software to create a tonearm with the optimum stiffness to mass ratio in order to minimize unwanted resonances. The tonearm bearing is literally a source of unwanted friction in most tonearms. In the Viper, is a sapphire “V”- jewel paired with a hardened stainless steel pivot to assure smooth, free, unimpeded movement and ideal tracking on any record. The swash plate rides on damped miniature bearings manufactured to ABEC 9 standards, the tightest tolerance (0.0012 mm) and highest quality available. A 30mm adjustable tungsten central tower provides a massive, stable support for the tonearm.

    Finally, the Obsidian is set-up to allow the owner to add a second tonearm of virtually any length or design, giving the experienced listener ultimate flexibility for tonearm/cartridge setup.

    DISPLAY LOCATION: The Continuum Audio Labs Obsidian and Viper will be on display in the Constellation Audio Room (MOC, Atrium 4, 1st Floor, Room F-118) from May 5 – 8, 2016.

    SPECIFICATIONS

    OBSIDIAN


    Drive System: Hi-torque DC motor, pyramid round belt. Speeds: 33/45 rpm with precise speed adjustment Bearing: 25mm magnetically opposed Tungsten shaft
    Platter: Two-part composite-nest aluminum platter weighing 25kg
    Arm Mount: Stainless steel, infinitely adjustable, magnetically coupled, tungsten damped
    Wow and Flutter: <0.03% (WRMS)
    Minimum Dimensions for set-up: 550mm x 350mm Total Weight: 30kg without arm

    VIPER

    Wand: Interchangeable Wand - Reshape™ Shape Optimised Resonance Tuned Compound Curve Wand pioneered by Continuum Audio Laboratories.
    Effective Length: (from stylus to pivot point) 239mm
    Azimuth: Azimuth is adjustable and repeatable.
    VTA: Adjustable using a 30mm central tower with a fine-thread VTA adjustment Overhang: (from Stylus to spindle Centre) 17.3mm
    Offset: 23 Degrees

    PRICING AND AVAILABILITY:

    The US retail price of the Obsidian is $35,000 and $10,000 for the Viper. Deliveries to worldwide markets are scheduled to begin in Q3 of 2016.

    ABOUT CONTINUUM AUDIO LABS


    For more than a decade, Continuum Audio Labs has continued their mission of building the world’s finest analog playback systems, succinctly summarized as “The Quest for Perfection.” Its team-oriented approach brings together talented individuals from many disciplines who share a passion for great music and a commitment to produce extraordinary products.

    CONTACT

    For additional information on Continuum Audio Labs products, please contact Irv Gross at [email protected] or at (860)-550-0601.

    ©2016 Continuum Audio Labs
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    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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  • #2
    So are these the same people from the caliburn days ? Is a new statement Caliburn on the horizon ?
    Christian
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    • #3
      I still can't get past that tonearm. It always reminds me of a tonearm in a jukebox from the 1950s.
      Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by rockitman View Post
        So are these the same people from the caliburn days ? Is a new statement Caliburn on the horizon ?
        As far as I know Christian minus of course Dohmann who is now making his own table. As far as the latter question, I'll have to ask Irv.
        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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        -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
        -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
        -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
        -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
        -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
        -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
        -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
        -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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        • #5
          Is that the motor front and center?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by 1morerecord2clean View Post
            Is that the motor front and center?
            It looks like it but that is if I'm not mistaken a CAD drawing. But it looks like the arms sit on either side of the platter so the question is can the motor be moved to the rear? Or is the motor just placed there to show it off?
            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
            ________________________________________

            -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
            -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
            -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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