$ 269,999
Analog Manufaktur Germany introduces the Viella Forte turntable,
the “super” version of our famous Viella. Machined in our Bavarian factory, the Forte incorporates the same platter bearing design, decoupled spindle, Lorenzi hand- built brushless DC motor, visual form and footprint of our highly regarded Viella. The AMG design team focused on mass, rigidity, and refinement to create the Forte, resulting in increased macro- dynamics, more inner detail, larger-scaled presentation, and greater effortlessness. Utilizing new materials and machining techniques, the Forte features a new plinth, platter, platter clamp, arm base, updated drive electronics, new power supply design and power supply housing.

Forte Plinth – CNC milled from solid aluminum billet, 70 mm thick and 23 kg weight (+280% larger than the standard Viella plinth at 25 mm thick and 8 kg). Platter bearing housing, motor housing, and feet directly machined from 70 mm aluminum billet provides higher rigidity and mass damping.

Forte Platter – CNC machined in house using aircraft-grade aluminum with decoupled spindle. Taller at 87 mm with a thicker inlaid PVC machined platter mat for a total weight of 14 kg (+120% larger than standard Viella platter at 72 mm and 11 kg).

Forte Clamp – New silhouette with larger shape, higher mass, and enhanced ergonomics. CNC machined in house using aircraft-grade aluminum and POM.

Forte Arm Base – CNC machined in house using aircraft-grade aluminum cylindrical stock, 35 mm bigger diameter and taller by 15 mm (+130% larger than standard Viella arm base).

Forte Drive Electronics – enhanced circuitry for faster start-up with larger Forte platter, mounted within mass-damped solid plinth.

Forte Power Supply – CNC milled from solid aluminum billet to echo the Viella shape. New toroidal transformer, additional voltage filtering for increased isolation from mains line fluctuations, and LED indicator for proper mains plug polarity.

Giro MK2 with 9W2 Tonearm

$ 81,999
t’s time for us to show some love to AMG (Analog Manufaktur Germany), who make Großartig (great, that is) turntables and tonearms. The recently upgraded Giro MK II turntable is the focus of our current platter affection.

AMG, which was founded in Bavaria in 2011, is, as noted above, known for high-quality turntables and tonearms, and the MK II is an upgrade of the company’s original MK ’table that was first introduced in 2015. The company doesn’t overtax its production lines, as the other two higher-end turntable offerings in their current line are the ones dubbed Viella (28kg) and Viella Forte (48kg). Meanwhile, AMG’s tonearm lineup includes 9in and 12in models available as both standard (9W2 and 12J2) and upgraded Turbo versions (9WT and 12JT). The other entry in this tonearm lineup, the 9W1, is a slightly longer 9in arm compatible with Rega’s mounting geometry, but it is not typically paired with AMG ’tables.

The platter mass of the 12.8kg MK II turntable has been increased to 5.6kg, and together with the newly developed two-tier coupling area between the platter and subplatter, it is said to (quoting AMG here now) “ensure significantly improved speed stability resulting in a more realistic and engaging musical presentation.”

Other features of the nonsuspended, mass-loaded, belt-driven MK II include speeds of 33 1/3 and 45rpm, an ultra-quiet Swiss DC motor equipped with new damping elements, a newly added tonearm base that can be fitted with a wider range of tonearms (that said, the aforementioned 9W2 is a popular/preferred option), decoupled spindle/bearing construction, 40-percent heavier POM (polyoxymethylene) platter, and three adjustable spiked feet (one under the main bearing, and two on the right side of the plinth under the tonearm area).

Turntable Specs & Features
Speeds: 33 1/3 rpm, 45rpm
Platter: 12in (304mm) diameter, 1.97in (50mm) thick, 12.3lb (5.6kg) weight
Motor: DC
Dimensions (w/h/d): 16.8 x 12.4 x 6.77in (426 x 315 x 172mm)
Weight: 28.2lb (12.8kg)
Finish: Black anodized aluminum
Warranty: 2 years