Chassis 30 kg
Platter: 20 kg
Motor unit: 10 kg
Motor control unit: 5 kgDimensions:
470 mm x 420 mm (W x D)
Motor 270 mm x 270 mm
Total footprint: 790 mm x 420 mm (W x D)
Material: 60 mm aluminium, ceramic bead blasted and silk matt black anodised.
Inlet: 25 mm of TW ACUSTIC’s proprietary Delrin-based compound, rigidly screwed to chassis.
Feet and all other attachments are also ceramic bead blasted and silk matt black anodised aluminium.
Bearing: Bronze bearing, 16 mm hard metal shaft with a ball on top, running on a thrust washer of ‘Material S ® (green)’. The bushing is machined exactly to fit the bearing with zero float, yet remains replaceable.
Motor: 60 mm aluminium, ceramic bead blasted and silk matt black anodised, in identical shape to the Raven Black Night but 60% smaller. 4 height-adjustable feet on the outer corners. 3 motors arranged in an arrow formation, pointing towards the platter. Drive belt is guided through the drive pulleys and around the circumference of the platter.
Motor control unit: Two built-in power supplies – one is exclusively used to charge the batteries. In normal operation, the motors run from the battery supply alone, controlled by a microcontroller. Switching between battery and mains supplies occurs automatically without interrupting operation, as does battery charging. A remaining charge indicator is included on the front panel. Battery complement: 20 x rechargeable AA cells. Run time on battery operation only: Approx. 20 hours.
Armboard: Up to four tonearms may be fitted.
LP Magazine:- Once again, something unexpected from some corner of the room rushes in on you. Tonality, dynamics, this drive is of little interest. These are things that the arm and the scanner have to deliver. How much is possible, for example, shows the MFSL C 3.5 in Breuer: This station wagon has an immensely dynamic pace, but still plays soft and fluent. And in such a calm, but at the same time totally transparent way, that one can calmly ask oneself a fundamental question: What is it all on a record that we know nothing about? In any case, the Raven Black Night is a suitable tool to play records at a level that may still create a handful of drives on the world market. Congratulations to TWA.
Given the fact that even the “normal” Raven AC is one of the best drives on the market, it is surprising that TW has succeeded in putting it back on the right track. The Black Night plays so confidently and vividly that the number of serious competitors is likely to be marginal.
Holger Barske LP Magazine.
TW-Acustic Raven Black Night Turntable with TW-Acustic Raven 10.5 Tonearm ($45,050)
Let’s say—just for the sake of argument, mind you—that you don’t have $130k to spend on an Acoustic Signature Invictus/TA-9000 (plus another $17.5k for the dedicated stand it sits on). What’s a body to do? Well, meet the TW-Acustic Raven Black Night (and Raven 10.5 tonearm). No, the Black Night doesn’t take up the sheer square footage of the humongous Invictus; nor does it tip the scales at between 700 and 800 pounds (like the Invictus and its stand do). But at 143 pounds of Delrin-damped aluminium, copper, and bronze, this gorgeously made, beautifully engineered, three-motor (battery powered and regulated), single-belt-driven, unsuspended ’table is brick-solid—and (when equipped with its dual-pivot Raven 10.5 tonearm) comes a lot closer than shouting distance to the mastertape-like presentation of the Invictus for less than a third of its price. Thomas Woschnick (the TW of TW-Acustic) has always made turntables with gorgeous tone color and extended decay. The Raven Black Night adds speed and pace to the package, for a record player that offers the entire package.
The Black Night comes with the battery power supply and the all-important Yamada-San/TW Acustic mat and an armboard for a TW Raven tonearm. An alternative armboard can also be supplied for an SME fitment. BTW the Yamada-San mat is extremely important and enhances the performance of the Black Night turntable. Note – the tonearm shown in some of the images is not included.
If you would like to know more about this stunning turntable please call or email me.
UK retail price is £25900, or $42000 in the USA. I am asking £13500 ($17800) or near offer.
Shipping details: Box 27″ x 25″ x 18″ (68.5cm x 63.5cm x 45.7cm). Weight 165lbs (75kgs)
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