Build Quality: A+
Work of Art: Brilliant!” - Bob Levi
After the first impressive model - the Forte, The European Audio Team follows with its smaller brother EAT Forte S.
The size of the platter has been reduced from the 18" to 14" and its weight from the 44 lbs. to 33lbs. It is still amazing in comparison to the standard 21.5". The sense behind it is to store inside as much as possible of moving mass that is getting most effective on the outer side of the big radius. You can say the following: double size of diameter and four times more effective sound.
The platter incorporates from the inner side sorbothane damping and from the outer side black damping mat produced from the recycled vinyl that make platter completely quiet.
Terrific inverted bearing construction with ceramic ball on the top faces to the Teflon. The pressure on the ceramic ball is reduced by two enormous neodymium magnets that are holding the platter and take over most of the load from the heavy platter. The big brother Forte has built in two motors in separate chassis that makes its imposing 27.5" width. EAT Forte S is "only" 21.6" width and single-piece construction. It has also two AC motors but they are built symmetric on the right side besides of the platter, therefore you do not need two belts with different length as by big EAT Forte. Operating of the motor by display panel was getting simpler into the 3 main keys: 33 1/3, 45 and on/off button.
Both turntables are mass-loaded with huge magnetic feet, which act as a sub chassis. Forte S uses four magnetic feet with possible change of the height. This brings impressive low and excellently dumped resonance frequency of entire system. Standard distortions have no meaning at all for S and his brother as well.