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Kronos Discovery turntable

Instead, by adjusting the contact pressure between two surfaces and adding compression gaskets, a degree of movement can be dialled-in within assemblies. This permits the conversion of vibrational energy into heat and therefore helps dissipate vibration. Discovery’s surfaces are joined by fasteners, which are then torqued to allow optimal dissipation.

That new chassis technology alluded to above is, in fact, an exoskeleton. These are not a new technology (they form the core of many a sci-fi final battle since Aliens first dropped, for example), but are wholly new to audio. The closest we got was arguably the construction of the original Roksan Darius loudspeaker, and that was more of a speaker stand encircling its loudspeaker (with drivers on springs for good measure).

This exoskeleton structure helps improve energy dissipation because the sheer number of transitional points is ideal for disrupting vibrational waves. The choice of materials in every aspect of the Discovery has been re-evaluated and changed where relevant (which is, in essence, almost everywhere).

The basic Discovery power supply is radically improved over its older brother. The new model comes equipped with a massive custom hand-wound power transformer and uses a bank of super-capacitors on its output. This provides a huge power reserve and low output impedance, in the process of optimising damping (towards back EMF), improving the microdynamic motor control and increasing drive stability.

There is also an upgrade to the power supply upgrade! The Kronos could be improved by the use of the optional SCPS-D power supply. For the Kronos, that is boosted by its own dedicated super-capacitor power supply, meaning the Discovery is fed by two super-capacitor banks operating in series. This means any ripple or noise on the power line stands no chance of polluting the Discovery’s motor system.

I’ve concentrated on the turntable, but the Discovery I used also sported the new Kronoscope arm. Once again using the journalistic power of trying to cram a lot of concepts into a tiny amount of column inches, this is what happens when you get the very highly rated Black Beauty unipivot arm and give it the same. Kronoscope and Discovery are a bit of an item, they are designed in harmony, use the same materials science benefits, and raise the game over existing arms to the same degree. Its clever, low-slung intelligent counterweight system makes it do the same state of the art disappearing act as the turntable, to the point where it’s basically like invisible support for a cartridge.

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