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Cambridge Audio Alva TT v2

Manual direct-drive turntable with built-in phono preamp, Bluetooth®, and moving coil cartridge

Item # 779ALVTTV2

This 'table offers solid construction and elegant design, along with direct-drive reliability and wireless convenience.

This 'table offers solid construction and elegant design, along with direct-drive reliability and wireless convenience.

Item # 779ALVTTV2

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About the Cambridge Audio Alva TT v2

An elegant, well-crafted turntable

Cambridge Audio has a way of making each of their components look every bit as good as it sounds. The Alva TT v2 turntable is no exception. You can see it in the way it's built — a three-layer plinth with an attractive aluminum top plate absorbs unwanted resonance, and the heavy semi-crystalline thermoplastic platter provides excellent stability. 
Cambridge Audio Alva TT v2

The Cambridge Audio Alva TT v2 is a good-looking, well-built gem that can bring the best out of your treasured vinyl records.

An elegant, well-crafted turntable

Cambridge Audio has a way of making each of their components look every bit as good as it sounds. The Alva TT v2 turntable is no exception. You can see it in the way it's built — a three-layer plinth with an attractive aluminum top plate absorbs unwanted resonance, and the heavy semi-crystalline thermoplastic platter provides excellent stability. 

The platter starts on a dime and maintains accurate rotational speed, thanks to a medium-torque direct-drive motor. And the static balanced aluminum tonearm includes an excellent factory-installed Cambridge high-output moving coil cartridge that brings out the best from your treasured vinyl.

Convenient setup options

The 'table features a built-in switchable phono preamplifier that lets you make a wired connection to just about any receiver, integrated amp, or powered speakers you have in your sound system.

And if you don't want to make wired connections at all? Good news, there's also built-in Bluetooth with high-res aptX® HD encoding that lets you pair with a compatible receiver, headphones, or powered speakers.

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Product highlights:

  • medium-torque direct-drive motor for accurate rotational speed
  • static balanced aluminum tonearm tracks record grooves accurately
  • factory-installed Cambridge high-output moving coil cartridge on removable aluminum headshell
  • built-in switchable phono preamplifier
    • when switch is set to LINE, turntable must be connected to a standard line input (labeled AUX, CD, or TAPE)
    • when switch is set to PHONO, turntable must be connected to an outboard phono preamp or dedicated phono input
  • built-in Bluetooth with high-res aptX® HD encoding lets you pair with a compatible receiver, headphones, or powered speakers
  • three-layer plinth offers maximum absorption of unwanted resonance
    • MDF base with a sandwiched layer of EVA and 6mm aluminum top plate
  • heavy semi-crystalline thermoplastic platter for excellent speed stability
  • brushless DC motor with quartz-controlled speed accuracy
  • 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds
  • stereo RCA output with ground terminal
Performance specs:
  • frequency response with included cartridge: 30-20,000 Hz (±1 dB)
  • cartridge output level: 2mV @1kHz
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 90 dB (phono stage)
  • wow and flutter: 0.1%
Dimensions and warranty:

What's in the box:

  • Turntable
  • Headshell/Cartridge/Styleus assembly
  • AC power adapter (attached 58" DC cord)
  • 3 AC power plugs (US/EU/UK)
  • Platter
  • Belt (installed on platter)
  • Mat
  • RPM 45 Adapter
  • Counterweight
  • Dust cover
  • 2 Hinges
  • 40" Stereo RCA cable
  • 5' Ground wire
  • Ortofon Stylus gauge
  • Quick Start booklet
  • Important Safety Instructions

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Features & specs

Features
Color Silver
Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Drive Type Direct
Pitch Control No
Phono Preamp Built-in
USB Output No
Bluetooth Built-In Yes
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Audio Cable Detachable
Power Cable Detachable (12-volt DC adapter)
Materials and Construction
Plinth MDF/EVA/Aluminum
Platter Polyoxymethylene
Tone Arm Shape Straight
Tone Arm Material Aluminum
Tone Arm Lift Finger, Lever
Cartridge Info
Included Cartridge Cambridge MC
Cartridge Type MC
Removable Headshell Curved
Tracking Weight 2.0 g (20mN)
Frequency Response 30-20,000
Output Voltage 2.0
Load Impedance 47,000
Load Capacitance 100
Audio Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio 90
Wow and Flutter 0.06
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (Inches) 17.1875
Height (Inches) 5.5
Depth (Inches) 16.375
Weight 24.03 lbs.
Turntable Parts Warranty 1 Year
Turntable Labor Warranty 1 Year
Cartridge Parts Warranty 1 Year
Cartridge Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features

2-Speed Direct Drive: The Cambridge Audio Alva TT (V2) turntable has a medium-torque Direct Drive motor. The 8-pole, 3-phase, brushless DC motor is quartz controlled to ensure accurate turntable speed. With precision control, and silent running, the Alva TT (V2) achieves just 0.06% wow and flutter. This means excellent pitch stability; particularly during longer, more sustained, musical notes. Rotation speed selection is made by two electronic buttons on top of the turntable's plinth (base), so you can effortlessly switch between playing albums (33-1/3 RPM ) and singles (45 RPM). A 45 RPM adapter is included.

Solid Platter: Complimenting the direct drive motor, Alva TT (V2)''s platter is s made from Polyoxymethylene, a semi-crystalline thermoplastic used in precision engineering applications, where high stiffness and dimensional stability are demanded. It has the finish and feel of a finely polished stone. The weight of the platter, coupled with the Alva TT (V2)'s medium torque direct drive motor, ensures excellent speed stability during playback of records. 

3-Layer Chassis: The Alva TT (V2) turntable employs a 3-layer composite chassis, which features a layer of EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) between its 6mmm aluminum top-plate and MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) base. This 3-layer composite plinth helps absorb unwanted vibration that can lead to distortion and allows for accurate playback sound with great acoustics.

High-Mass Low-Resonance Tonearm: Cambridge audio engineers selected a new high-mass, low-resonance aluminum tonearm for the Alva TT (V2) turntable.  By minimizing resonant frequencies, and in combination with the cartridge, it helps retrieve the maximum detail from your records. A detachable die-cast aluminum headshell makes swapping cartridges easy and can be fine-tuned with greater precision thanks to a new anti-skating dial.

Cambridge Moving Coil Cartridge: The Alva TT (V2) uses a Cambridge Audio Moving Coil (MC) cartridge that has been perfectly matched to the other components in the turntable. Cambridge Audio designed this high-output Moving Coil (MC) cartridge with an exposed cantilever. It reduces unwanted resonance and vibration, delivers high levels of gain and outstanding musical detail during playback.

Built-In Phono Preamp: The Alva TT (V2) turntable comes with a built-in preamplifier which removes the need for an external phono stage and allows the connection of the turntable directly to any line-level input on your amplifier. The phono preamp on the Alva TT (V2) turntable is switchable allowing connection to both line-level inputs, and the phono-level inputs of an external phono-stage.

Stereo RCA Output & Ground Terminal: The Alva TT (V2) turntable is outfitted with a set of stereo RCA outputs and comes with a 40" stereo RCA cable for connection to your AV receiver or integrated amplifier. The turntable is also fitted with a ground terminal and comes with a 5' ground wire to prevent unwanted hum in your system.

Bluetooth aptX HD: Built-in Bluetooth allows you to wirelessly transmit audio from the Alva TT (V2) turntable to your Bluetooth-enabled headphones, powered speakers, or AV receiver. In addition to supporting Bluetooth's standard SBC codec, the Alva TT (V2) offers support for Qualcomm's higher quality aptX (16-bit/44.1kHz) and aptX HD (24/bit/48kHz) codecs for higher resolution audio transmission.

  • To enjoy high-quality aptX or aptX HD, your Bluetooth-enabled speaker, headphone or home audio receiver will also need to support aptX or aptX HD. Otherwise, Bluetooth wireless audio streaming from the turntable will be limited to SBC.
  • The Alva TT (V2) turntable can be paired paired with multiple playback devices, but only one playback device (headphone, speaker, receiver) can be connected and used at a time.
  • The turntable has a wireless Bluetooth range of approximately 33' (10m).

Note: You cannot use the wired Stereo RCA outputs and the wireless Bluetooth output at the same time

Dust Cover: The Cambridge Audio Alva TT (V2) comes with a hinged dust cover to protect the turntable from dust and debris build up. The dust cover is easy to raise, lower, remove and re-attach.

  • Closed Dimensions: 17.1875" (w) x 5.5" (h) x 15.625" (d)
  • Opened Dimensions: 17.1875" (w) x 15.5" (h) x 16.375" (d)

AC Power Adapter: The Alva TT (V2) operates off of standard household current using the supplied external AC power adapter which plugs into the back of the turntable and into an AC power outlet or surge protector/line conditioner (sold separately - see Accessories Tab).

Note: The Alva TT (V2) comes features Auto Power Down (APD) that will automatically switch the turntable to standby mode after 20 minutes of no audio signal and operation.

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