"Usually I listen for a few weeks before even taking notes as a way to leave prejudice behind. I let the preamp tell me what to listen for rather than arriving like a hammer in search of a nail. After my usual opening, I use the remainder of the review period to test out my theories. Well, this time I didn't and couldn't but I can still enthusiastically recommend you search out the Pear Blue Audio Reference Preamplifier."
Turntables With Pedigree
Our goal was to make the best possible turntable, period! Every detail, right down to special bearing oil, developed exclusively for Pear Audio Analogue, demonstrates that we examine every detail and leave nothing to chance. The meticulous choice of materials, even in the most apparently trivial places resulted in a - magnificent marriage of materials. The Kid Thomas is our crowning achievement.
As striking in appearance as it is in performance, with a suspended double-layer plinth, identical to the one on the top model, Kid Thomas.
A turntable for the serious audiophile who demands high performance sound quality.
"Dabei war quasi von der ersten Platte an, die ich auflegte,klar, dass der Kid Punch zu den absoluten Top-Drehern gehörte, die ich kennenlernen durfte. Wie sanft, fließend und detailverliebt er agiert, das ist schon erste Sahne. Der Kid Punch spielt wie aus einem
Guss, ohne einen Frequenzbereich zu bevorzugen – mit ausgezeich-netem Timing. In Sachen Feindynamik ist er definitiv Weltklasse, in puncto Musikalität auch."
-Autor: Amré Ibrahim
Kid Howard is Pear Audio Blue’s entry-level turntable, even though it offers performance and sound quality that is anything but entry-level. The Kid Howard delivers sound and musical ability way beyond expectations at this price range.
Captain John Handy
Same solid wood plinth material as the top model Kid Thomas, but the same compact size as the Robin Hood, superior feet and motor insulation. Same high quality low torque motor and design principles as the top model, Kid Thomas.
Pear Audio Blue turntables and tonearms do not represent a revolution, but rather an evolution in Tom Fletcher’s approach to turntable design.
Based on Tom Fletcher’s Blue, Robin Hood uses the same motor principle and the motor still has to be initially spun by hand. This motor principle drastically reduces the resonance going from the motor to the platter and ensures speed accuracy.
Robin Hood features an essential parameter in turntable design: matching materials able to control resonance naturally and that are sonically in phase. Components are selected to work perfectly together, making the whole more than the sum of its parts – creating a turntable in sonic harmony.
Special attention has been placed on a new bearing development along with a new and improved plinth. An improved motor arrangement and a different platter were implemented along with other improvements to achieve superior organic sound quality. The perfect marriage of materials results in astonishing realism, tonal quality and balance, with a realistic and deep 3D soundstage. You’ll be able to hear an astonishing, near-live performance of your favorite musicians.
Each model is built upon the same design principles and all offer high performance sound, quality build and value way beyond their price.
Each model is hand built and undergoes extensive quality control before being shipping.
Pear Audio Blue has created a separate power supply that provides ultra stable AC waveform to drive the motor. It is available as an additional upgrade and it fits all of our turntables.
Cornet 1 and Cornet 2 tone-arms, designed by Tom Fletcher, are the culmination of the Tom’s continuing development of the Space Arm.
Unipivot arms are usually designed with the pivot sitting in a silicone bath. The problem with this design is that the silicone bath takes quite a while to settle down, so the sound of the arm changes as it plays. Many unipivots uses eccentric counter weights to insure proper azimuth.
Cornet’s unipivot design uses a new approach: to maintain azimuth, along with a special material, developed with viscosity properties that do not flow and do not require “settling time”.
A hi-tech carbon fibre tube with fibres along the length, not wrapped around the arm, greatly increases the strength, resonance control and rigidity of the arm.
Cornet arms also have an unusual new headshell design. Meticulous attention to the material went into the development, producing an arm more sonically in phase. The headshell also has no finger lift. These features ensure that the arm is properly balanced and no uncontrolled resonances run around the headshell.
The Cornet 1 tonearm shares most of the same performance features of the more expensive Cornet 2 - long grain Carbon fiber, Unipivot design, in-line headshell and a magnificent marriage of materials.
All our arms share the same - family of sound - we believe, they have to, in order for all to sound right in combination. Thereby the differences between the two arms are subtle yet still clearly audible.
Specification : 10" Cornet 2
Distance from Tone arm center to spindle: 222mm
Effective mass: 12, 50 grams
Arm's length: 29,50mm
Tonearm effective length: 239mm