Ikeda Vit-407 en 345 toonarm.
De historie van deze arm gaat ver terug in de tijd, de bouwer kan worden beschouwd als de analoge man uit Japan, Isamu Ikeda. De getallen staan voor de lengte van de arm. De arm en de element en Ikeda kunnen beschouwd worden als de “witte Raven” binnen autoland. Er hangt een stukje mystiek omheen, eigenlijk zonde om te bezitten soms is de begeerte fijner. Echter als u echt wilt verwennen, gewoon doen, u bezit dan straks iets bijzonders en dat ook nog eens buiten de mystiek ook emotie en gevoel kan overbrengen. I rest My case.
Vanuit een review.
Art Dudley has posted a review of the Ikeda IT-407 tonearm ($6500) in his Listening column at Stereophile. His conclusions:
“Regarded in a similar vein, I suppose it’s no surprise that the big and somewhat rounded Ikeda IT-407 sounds . . . well, big and somewhat rounded. Those qualities, along with the Ikeda’s freedom from harshness and its overall sonic poise and imperturbability, served every record I grabbed. I endure in preferring my EMT 997 ($5995), for its more tactile, forceful way with the attack components of notes and other sounds. Yet one can imagine without effort those phonophiles who would prefer the Ikeda: The Japanese arm sounded every bit as beautiful as it looks.”
In 1964, the former factory manager of Japanese tonearm specialist Grace decided to start his own business. At the age of thirty five, Osamu Ikeda formed Fidelity Research Kabushiki Kaisha and by the mid nineteen seventies his company was making world-class tonearms and pickup cartridges. Ikeda was no copyist, taking out several international patents and finessing his designs like few others. Indeed, so respected was he in Japan that his products were even used by the Imperial Family. The late nineteen seventies were the glory days for Fidelity Research, with the FR64 series of tonearms his strongest product, being a superlative device at a time when there was a relatively paucity of competition.
After the demise of Fidelity Research, the great man came back with Ikeda Sound Laboratories Company. An altogether smaller and specialist affair, he designed, built and inspected every product by hand. It was a chance for yet more innovation, not least the world’s first MC cartridge without a cantilever. The new IT345 and IT407 tonearms were launched in autumn 2006; coming in twelve and sixteen inch versions respectively.