Kuzma was here at HIGH END 2016 in Munich with many great products. Frank Kuzma is a truly inventive genius with his Stabi XLDC (€25,000) fitted with the 4Point 14" (€8200) tonearm. What caught my attention, besides these truly lovely bits of analog kit, is their new Zerovibe 605p active platform that has six motors controlling six degrees of freedom and is very much like an electronic microscope platform. For demo purposes, a headphone amp and Audeze LCD-4 headphones gave me a great listening sesh. It sounded excellent and wish i could have stayed here all day enjoy music. But let's get into some more details shall we?
We all know about the excellent Stabi XLDC turntable, yet what about that platform? Kuzma Ltd presented the Zerovibe 6050P isolation platform that is designed to eliminate any vibration from negatively affecting audio components such as turntables, amplifiers, CD players, etc. Originally this was designed to isolate electronic microscopes from ground, traffic building and floor vibrations in the range of 1 Hz to 200 Hz. Scientists are very familiar with this type of platform, yet why have analog-lovin' audiophiles been unaware? Kuzma is changing that fact with their Zerovibe 6050P isolation platform as we all know that Very small vibrations mask audio resolution during vinyl LP replay. By eliminating them, it is possible to hear deeper into the music and achieve a far more precise 'picture' into the music. Your music may become far purer with less coloration.
Kuzma's Zerovibe 6050P isolation platform active platform (retail price with VAT sales tax €14,900), which senses outside vibrations and, via sensors and piezo motors (six degrees of freedom), neutralizes any motion which would otherwise transfer to the audio component. With no bouncing spring system or movement of the platform at low frequencies, it is self-leveling and self-adjusting for mass from zero to 300 lbs. it is very simple to use and requiring zero user maintenance. The unit itself weighs 66 lbs, and the top surface dimension is 600mm x 500mm, with a height of 100mm. Each platform is carefully built in Switzerland to ensure very high precision.
Also on display at HIGH END 2016 was the Kuzma Stabi SD two tonearm turntable (€2400). A sweet lil' setup where you can easily have two of your fave tonearm / cartridge combos setup and ready to go. Wonderful!