Acoustic Signature was founded in 1996 and products by Acoustic Signature first appeared in 1996. Worldwide prestige came as early as 1997, when Gunther Frohnhöfer and his team developed the first mass turntable and achieved excellent test results in Germany as well as in the US. Shortly afterwards these turntables were exported all over the world. Ever since, their clear design and outstanding price/performance ratio have led to strong demand.
Gunther Frohnhöfer: »„Made in Germany“ is important to us – more than ever now, in the face of the rising trend to buy everything from the cheapest supplier: We purchase everything, we do not produce ourselves from the best supplier not the cheapest. This striving for perfection in order to create the perfect listening experience is an attitude found less and less frequently. To us, though, this attitude has always been important, and we even focus more and more on it. The team around Gunther Frohnhöfer now comprises 22 qualified co-workers, including goldsmiths, watchmaker, engineers, electrical engineers, precision lathe operators, and specialists in other fields.
We focus on development with cutting-edge CNC in combination with „State of the Art“-CAD/CAM systems. All our products are produced and assembled by our specialists in 100 % manual work at our company located in Süssen near Stuttgart. Only this passion and the love for fine detail make it possible to create something truly great. Dedicated co-workers with a passion for building turntables for you. With quality in materials we do not compromise on, and perfect workmanship. Meticulous engineering and manufacturing based on absolutely top-notch technology in the production machines. All of this results in precision mechanical products that set new standards. We work hard, and every day we raise the bar.«
Key activities: analog turntables, tone arms, phone equalizer, cartridges
Managing Director & Founder
- Handmade quality: „Made in Germany” – 100 % manual work at our company located in Süssen near Stuttgart
- Development with cutting-edge CNC in combination with „State of the Art“-CAD/CAM systems
- High quality materials
- Passion and love for fine details make it possible to create something truly great
- Each product is individually adjusted for maximum performance
SPECIAL TECHNOLOGY: SILENCER
Since we invented the „Silencerplatter“ in 2000 we have continuously improved the performance results and have now achieved platter damping that is unbeaten by any other product. The gold plated Silencers are of course visually attractive and make the Acoustic Signature turntables even more desirable than without them but good looks was not the reason to implement them into our products.
The Silencers absorb and reduce vibrations whilst the vinyl disk is playing and you are listening. So, where do the vibrations come from, that we so wish to remove from the platter? There are several sources. First, the cartridge needle itself, playing a record causes vibrations and resonance in the vinyl, due to the movement of the needle tracking the record groove. It’s easy to check by simply turning the volume down on your amplifier, you can still listen to the music directly from the needle/vinyl with your ear close to it. The needle is actually putting vibration back into the record as it tracks the groove, causing vibration in the whole vinyl record. This leads to „micro“ mistracking of the cartridge, when picked up by the needle alongside the actual signal you want from the track, with a very small time delay between the two. The Silencers in the platter absorb some of this unwanted vibration and improve the sound reproduction dramatically. The second source of vibration is air waves hitting the platter and turntable body from your loudspeakers whilst you’re listening to music. Your cartridge/stylus doesn´t care where movement comes from, be it the grooves or other vibrations. Your cartridge simply produces an electrical signal when vibrating and all vibrations coming through the turntable will result in unwanted signals, resulting in a loss of detail resolution and imaging from your precious vinyl records. The Silencers absorb these unwanted vibrations, leading to a huge improvement in sound fidelity, improving your listening experience.
To give you an idea how much the Silencers will improve the listening experience, we have conducted tests in an independent laboratory on two identical platters, one with and one without eight silencers fitted. The results are dramatic.
50 mm platter, no Silencer
Here you see the ringing of an aluminum platter. A peak at about 2.2 kHz and multiples up to 15 kHz. The peaks are more than 80 dB louder than a damped platter!
50 mm platter, 8 Silencer
Here you see the result with 8 Silencers in the same aluminum platter. Virtually all resonances and peaks are removed. The Silencers dampen the resonances more than 80 dB.