Reed 1H. A Brilliant Value Driven Entry into the World of Superb Reed Tone Arms.
Now at True Audiophile
Being dedicated TurnTable enthusiasts and Precision Alignment Experts we're always looking for arms that look as good as they perform. While loved by the top TT reviewers here in the U.S. there's not a ton of exposure for Reed. Which is a shame. They are brilliant examples of what is possible with a sophisticated tonearm. --TA
Multiple options. Price for 9.5 inch. 1H also comes in 10.5" and 12"
*Note: due to the many options each arm will be built to your exact specifications. Once paid we will order and have been receiving the arms within 3-4 weeks.
Reed 1H is the latest addition to Reed's entry level tonearm series. And, for the first time, they introduced carbon fiber as Reed 1H’s primary armwand material.
The Arm is available in SeaShell White or Black. Please specify in your notes when you order. The pricing is the same. Also NOTE, the 1H does not come with a captive tone arm cable like the bigger brothers. You will have to supply an aftermarket. We sell excellent tone arm cables and can help you decide.
After a thorough research Reed found a way to make the carbon fiber armwand’s acoustic properties close to ones that are typical only for the wood.
By using soft wood to damp the carbon fiber tube, Reed's new armwand’s acoustic properties become considerably better than using carbon fiber alone, and can be compared to wooden armwands.
Differences between acoustical properties of damped and undamped carbon fiber wand are shown in Figures 1 and 2.
Figure 1. Damped carbon fiber.
Figure 2. Carbon fiber.
Reed 1H has a cardanic bearing system: vertical axis has thrust rotation bearings and horizontal axis is based on thrust pivot bearings (same concept as in Reed 3P). Such bearing construction eliminates wobbling of a bearing, which has a great impact on the quality of the sound.
Among other features, Reed 1H tonearm has azimuth adjustment, replaceable headshell and VTA adjustment. Tonearm height adjustment range is from 28mm to 48 mm. It is also easily tuned and can be mounted on most turntables out of the box or using an adapter.
Tonearm signal output is either 5 pin-DIN connector or Finewire 37 cables.
Antiskating: magnetic, similar to the one used in Reed 3P.
Approximate effective mass of Reed tonearm in grams