Audio by mark jones

Acoustical Systems is a dedicated family business working in close partnership with a handful of the very best specialized companies in cnc-tooling/milling, jewel-anodizing and fine-mechanics. The chief design engineer looks back on 38 years experience in analog high-end audiophile sound reproduction.

acoustical-systems started as a two-person side-business in 1998.

During the early 2000’s Acoustical Systems supplied thousands of selected vintage NOS audio tubes to tube amplification enthusiasts worldwide.

Other Products by Acoustical Systems

In the past 2 years Acoustical Systems’ R&D dedicated a lot of energy, time, money and brain-storming in offering the unique sonic abilities of the AXIOM in a more affordable version.
To create an all-new superior 10″ tonearm design – which also should be easy to mount on all turntables thanks to the slightly reduced effective length.
They have succeeded.
Introducing … the AQUILAR  – the all-new 10” reference tonearm.
Immediate audible outperforming all other tonearms except the AXIOM.
the AQUILAR (origin from ancient latin “aquila” – the eagle) offers many of the prime choice and expensive materials, as well as most of the unique technical key solutions which made the AXIOM’s performance easily standing heads above all competition.
Aquliar technical specs
  • Features10” effective length very easy and swift set upcustomized dedicated 3D-alignment template non-resonance HD18 tungsten carbide counterweight unique acoustical-systems non-resonance titanium/carbon-hybrid arm wandprecision leveling of bearing plane - independent of arm board / turntable VTA adjustement on-the-fly non-touch magnetic Antiskating on-the-fly the critical inner wiring is fine 5N pure silver litz wire
Axiom 12" tonearm

Analog tonearms in particular have always drawn Acoustical Systems prime interest among all components of the audio-chain.

In the past 20+ years Acoustical Systems have designed a good range of not-so-ordinary high-end analog front-end audio components.

Starting with the 440lbs bi-radial air-bearing and air-suspended APOLYT-turntable – continuing with the UNI-Protractor triangular alignment instrument, the UNI-P2S and the arché headshell.

However, Acoustical Systems driving goal was the all-out-assault on the analog tonearm design.

A dynamically full balanced pivot tonearm which finally takes into account all geometrical aspects, all the various inherent forces and combines all solutions in a most consequent way.

Thus the very best performance possible for any given cartridge is enabled.
Axiom 12" tonearm technical specs
  • Features the AXIOM is a full dynamic and laterally balanced design full radial/axial cardan shaft double gimbal bearing, using custom made to order German nano instrumental ball bearings of aerospace grade with the lowest move friction possible today. bearings are mounted in a certified laboratory under controlled clean-air room conditions and with the bearing-house preheated to ensure perfect contact closure fit of bearings after cool down.VTF (vertical tracking force) non-touch-adjustment: on-the-fly - during play.carbide hardend titanium / carbon-composite arm pipe with internal liquid dampening on whole inner surface.exchangeable inserts in counterweight tuned to cartridge's compliance. Thus eliminating low frequency resonance peak.
Archon cartridge

the archon© time-aligned moving coil phono cartridge is a new design.

Featuring an unique designed uni-body made from a solid block of Timet 1100 – an ultra-strength Titan-alloy. Internal liquid dampening at certain areas provides an unique energy transfer ability to conserve and bring to your ears even the finest and smallest details in sound. Thus enriching the sonic picture with rarely heard inner harmonics and ambiance nuances.

the archon© provides a sonic picture which is live-like and tantalizing in its openness, vital detailed and rich in its harmonic structure. A very natural, colorful sound – with an outstanding reproduction of human voices and the most realistic timbre. Opening a soundstage which is wide and recreating excellent the recording venue – with organic placement and wide inner dynamics.
Archon cartridge technical specs
  • Silver coils ultra-rigid special dampened titanium "Timet 1100" corpus static compliance 17-19 mm/N (18°C to 30°C) 6 to 20 mN tracking force range hannel balance better 0.5 dB / at 1 kHz channel separation 28 dB frequency response 15 Hz to 32 kHz +/- 2 dB Shibata EVO stylus internal resistance 8 Ohms load resistance 40-1000 Ohms
arché headshell
Starting at $949

Allow us to introduce to you the arché-headshell – the true audiophile headshell design which sets an all new standard in versatility and sound quality. This new audiophile headshell will allow you to hear the sound really engraved in your records.

It’s unique technical features and solutions are all for only one purpose: to bring to your ears and senses the utmost musical experience in the best possible sonics.

Experience what a headshell can really do for the sound of an analog front-end. When you listen for maybe the first time to a perfect SRA-aligned audiophile cartridge in a headshell which does preserve all the tiny details and transfers every nuance of energy extracted from the stylus to really reach the phono stage and opens up the full musical spell which was recorded.
arché headshell technical specs

The  HELOX reflex clamp combines some of the most important functions and features arising around the tracking process.

The HELOX does so by offering new features and a sophisticated contruction unlike any other record clamp on the market.
Helox technical specs
  • Sophisticated mechanical advantages and solutions.The HELOX' function and construction ensures an etremely good contact pressure. This is provided by the HELOX' new reflex clamp principle. It does so by creating a higher contact pressure than any vacuum suction. This is done with a unique reflex-function without adding much weight to the bearing. Further the liquid dampening inside the HELOX - situated in a sealed inside chamber around the spindle - works wonders on micro resonances inside the record occurring during the tracking process.
  • Better sound - instantly.Resulting in more clarity and higher low level detail resolution. Giving you more "air" and fine soundstage detail in the sonic pricture.
  • Even better sound - by fine-adjusting turntable speed with stylus drag taken into account.The HELOX offers the serious audiophile the option to fine adjust the speed with stylus drag - i.e. while the sytlus tracks the record and inevitably slows down the speed ever so slightly. Resulting in accurate speed under real working condition - which gives you much more correct pitch, transient timing and natural micro-dynamics.
  • Truly universal.The HELOX works on all turntables with a standard spindle diameter - even on turntables with an unusual long spindle.

SMARTractor and now SMARTractor XL

With the SMARTractor XL (NEW) the user can precisely alignment and position tonearms with up to 410 mm P2S / mounting distance!!


Tonearms like Kuzma 4P 14″ and some other extremly long effective length tonearms can now be aligned with the SMARTractor with ease.
SMARTractor technical specs

This all-new SRA/VTA template received much praise and universal acclaim by all international reviewers seeing it at Munich High End show 2015.
– all loved the product and it’s total new and innovative approach.

The SMARTstylus template comes in an engraved, handy hard case.
It features a 2x and 5x card-shaped hand loupe and a removable acrylic crossbar for 100% stability in use and operation.

The SMARTstylus is the very first template allowing for setting ALL geometric parameters of the cartridge – azimuth, SRA and VTA !! – fast and accurate within minutes.
SMARTStylus technical specs