Graham Engineering’s big news for Axpona featured the launch of the firm’s maximum, supremo, Phantom Elite tonearm, which looks terrific and sounded even better than that. Caution: To see a Phantom Elite is, quite likely, to covet one.
Pretty much everyone who has ever seen and heard Louis Desjardins’ original and very exotic Kronos turntable has wanted one. Sadly, though, the unit’s price and limited availability may place it beyond reach for all but an elite few. However, at Axpona the firm rolled out its all-new and (somewhat) cost-reduced Sparta turntable, which will sell for $21,500 (or roughly half the price of the original Kronos). In case you are wondering, yes, the Kronos Sparta still features the firm’s signature dual, counter-rotating platters. For the show, the Sparta was fitted with the new Helena tonearm ($6,500), which appears to be a tailor-made match for both of the Kronos ‘tables.