Giro G9 Turntable with 9W2 Tonearm
The new Giro turntable brings AMG’s sonic and visual excellence to a larger audience. Conceived by AMG founder Werner Roeschlau, the Giro is brilliantly realized by managing director Julian Lorenzi. Sharing the key design elements of the highly regarded AMG Viella turntable/12J2 tonearm “V12”, the Giro uses the newer 9W2 9” tonearm. As with the V12, the “G9” is entirely manufactured in AMG’s Bavarian factory. S.M.A.R.T.E.S.T. Manufacturing
Both platter and bearing housing are CNC machined from POM, a high tech synthetic, with a special “Slow Machining Accuracy Regulated Technique Extra Sharp Tool” manufacturing process for greater precision, cost-effectiveness, and high finish quality.
The Giro’s circular plinth is machined from aircraft-grade aluminum and provides both 33 and 45 RPM via electronic control. It shares the high-mass stainless steel machined pulley of the V12, coupled to a precision Swiss-made DC motor. The belt-driven platter features the single piece construction and decoupled spindle design of the Viella turntable. The platter bearing, a hydrodynamically lubricated radial 16mm axle with PFTE thrust pad and integral flywheel, is a scaled version from the Viella. The Giro uses the 9W2 9” tonearm with the identical, revolutionary bearing design of the 12J2, scaled for the arm length and the Giro’s smaller footprint.
The Giro from Analog Manufaktur Germany is an elegant high performance turntable providing exceptional music reproduction and value for vinyl enthusiasts.
"You get what you pay for While some argue about fit and finish, whether it is a necessary expense in fine audio components, I certainly argue for it. When you are spending this much money on a turntable, I feel it should look as good as it sounds. AMG has put all the effort beyond that spent on R&D in execution. There’s no wasted effort and cost in a fancy box or packaging; this is efficiently achieved. All of the time and effort have been spent on making a product that sounds fantastic and looks at home in any circumstance. Like the Viella, the Giro is a piece of audio fine art that does not sacrifice a molecule of performance to serve its aesthetic beauty. Both complement each other. It might seem a bit outlandish to give a $12,000 turntable an exceptional value award, but the AMG Giro offers such a huge helping of what many $50k and up turntables reveal, I do consider it an amazing value. Once you’ve heard the Giro, it might be tough to convince yourself you need to spend twice as much on another table, especially if you are an audiophile who likes to stick to a single tonearm and cartridge. If you are stepping up from a more modest turntable, the experience will be a revelation. You’ll be glad you did."
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