The Axia S may well impress and surprise the music lover’s first foray into the world of Transfiguration – moving coil cartridges. The design reveals a coherently musical and natural presentation, setting it apart from many exaggerated “Hi-Fi” interpreters. Its ability to recreate musically correct timing facilitates a seamless and exacting rendition, together with an effortless and flowing accuracy of timbre, convincing depth and authenticity of every note’s acoustic ebb.


Utilising a double ring magnet for a moving coil cartridge has enabled six unique design improvements.

  • Two coils within double ring magnets – front : samarium cobalt – rear: neodymium
  • No yokes
  • No magnetic irregularities
  • Coils at the crux of the magnetic focus
  • Intimate coil/magnet coupling

Resonance – free body design


Body: Solid aluminium, non-resonant with deeply cut away sides
Cantilever: 0.3mm Æ solid boron
Stylus: Ogura PA (3 x 30mm) solid diamond
Core/coils: High grade permalloy square core & 4N silver coils
Magnetic material: Samarium cobolt – front, Neodymium – rear
Weight: 7g
Output voltage: 0.4mV (3.54cm/s – 1kHz)
Internal impedance: 4 ohms
Frequency response: 10Hz – 20kHz + 1.5dB 20kHz – 40kHz + 2dB
Channel separation: > 27dB (200Hz – 1kHz)
Channel balance: < 0.5dB at 1kHz
Tracking ability: >68µm at a tracking force of 1.8g at 315Hz.
Recommended loading: >7 ohms
Recommended tracking force: 2.0g
Break in period: 30 hours