The EAT Forté represents the ultimate in analog playback. EAT has worked diligently to balance all of the critical components of the overall design.
At its heart is a massive forty-five pound platter. The platter is constructed of two different materials each with dissimilar resonant properties that cancel one another to reduce mechanical noise. To further lower the noise floor to astonishing levels, the platter is supported by opposing magnets thus reducing the effective load on the bearing surface while still maintaining the advantages for speed stability of a high mass platter.
Capitalizing on the advantages of the high mass platter is the bearing. The bearing structure for the Forté is an inverted design with a ceramic ball at the top running on a Teflon thrust plate mounted in the platter. This design provides optimal stability, by passing the center of gravity under the point of rotation, which results in the smoothest and quietest operation.
The foundation of any turntable is the base. In this design EAT has employed a two-part approach that combines the advantages of the dynamic delivery of mass-loaded design with the low-noise of a suspended design. The large top, mass loaded section, is built up of high density MDF material combined with a metal filled center section. This complete section, with platter, is then mounted on massive opposing-magnetic feet offering the isolation of a suspended turntable.
To spin the massive platter, EAT employs a fully decoupled, dual motor design, housed in a separate control base to prevent resonance associated with the power unit from reaching the main body of the turntable. Driven by a time corrected 60Hz signal, both motors are precisely synchronized, and by sharing the load of rotating the platter this system allows for absolute pitch stability and silent operation.
The vinyl mat is made from recycled vinyl records creating a perfect interface for the record. A clamp holds the record on the vinyl mat.
The table has large magnetic feet with a bearing and stabilization system. It guaranties close to 100% isolation from the floor and from airborne resonances. The magnetic bearing system allows us to use the extra silent Teflon-ceramic combination. Usually high pressure would cause the bearing to wear out over the time. This does not happen because of the very low pressure created by the use of the magnetic system.
The EAT Forte turntable is all about energy!
* Energy from the ground is decoupled by magnetic feet.
* Energy from the air is decoupled from the heavy chassis that is made from MDF and filled metal sand.
* Energy from tone arm and cartridge is absorbed by using a heavy metal tone arm base isolated by sorbothane.
* Energy from the belt is captured by the mass of the platter and by the string itself.
* Energy from the motor is captured by the dual-motor design, the decoupled motor unit and the mass-loaded motor chassis.
* Energy of the bearing is catch by the ceramic ball, the Teflon plate and the magnetic bearing construction.