The CONSONANCE WAX Engine is a quite remarkable new turntable. There are more sensible design features that are beneficial to analogue playback in this turntable than those costing several times more.
Main Bearing and Spindle
If you must have a bearing then it better be a good one. The Wax Engine features a stepped stainless steel spindle that encapsulates a ceramic ball at the business end. This rides on a teflon pad and with a few drops of oil provides a low friction surface. The spindle is housed in a brass housing. The spindle is relatively "short" which results in a platter with a low centre of gravity and as a result, rotation is notably free and stable.
The tonearm is a "uni-pivot" design which is not unique and although have known advantages also have well recognised problems. Rather than a "needle" point commonly used, Wax Engine features a proprietary low friction brass bearing in the horizontal mode and "pre loaded stainless" in the vertical. The arm tube is carbon fibre, terminated in a low mass headshell, anti-skate is achieved by a rod and rider weight. A remarkable achievement in a tonearm at this price level.
All mounted on an aluminium "T" section chassis with isolation feet. A serious attempt to give the recordings their best shot.
The DC motor is a high quality Mabuchi with a patented DC servo supply.
Tonearm: 9” effective length
Speed accuracy: Within 0.01%
Motor power supply: 12VDC, 1A
Dimensions: 145 x 385 x 345mm (H x W x D)