AMG Giro Turntable
The 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.
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.
The Giro G9 is an AMG Giro turntable bundled with the same company’s 9W2 tonearm (see elsewhere in Recommended Components). The turntable comprises a 1.75″-thick Delrin platter whose bearing is mounted on a circular aluminum plinth, itself 1.5″ thick. The Swiss-made AC motor is electronically controlled, with switch-selectable speeds of 331/3 and 45rpm. That motor isn’t outwardly visible—at first glance, the Giro might be mistaken for a direct-drive turntable—but is hidden underneath, driving the platter from a point inside its rim by means of a thin rubber belt. According to HR, the “Apollonian” Giro G9 was “completely adept at recovering and sorting out complex music”; he praised in particular its “detailed” and “well articulated” bass. Herb recommends avoiding lean, analytical-sounding cartridges, including AMG’s own Teatro—his best results with the Giro G9 were with the notably colorful EMT TSD 75—and advises the user to consider upgrading the AMG player with a third-party isolation base.
(Vol.40 No.10 WWW)
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