NEWTON’s fundamental research efforts resulted in the development of benchmark technologies, which lead to the design and testing of highly effective audiophile components.
NEWTON technologies and components in their respective form can feed into the realization of an OEM specific device either individually or combined.
Below some examples of the research & development work on sound relevant components conducted by NEWTON:
NEWTON damping elements build upon a systematic application of physical laws and axioms for a holistic elimination of vibrational influences and highly effective discharge of vibrations in audiophile devices. Novelty of the invention is on the side of the device. By hard-coupling the precision of the sonic impulse (in form and timing) is maintained, subsequently – through a downstream air-sprung soft decoupling (with low inherent damping) – it is transformed into heat and eliminated. In particular, the character of the surface or support hardly has any impact on the precision of the musical reproduction – and therefore sound quality – anymore.
On top of that, it is possible to adjust to different loads by adjusting air pressure, keeping suspension behaviour virtually constant – a vital feature for use in platforms.
Through precise matching of the spring rate with the necessary spring preload and a correspondingly designed damping system, good damping effects can be achieved even with a conventional spring – even for inaudible vibrations with resonance frequencies of 5–7Hz.
But in order to achieve that, the spring layout must be perfectly matched with the load weight.
The selection of motors that are fit to be used in a turntable is limited. Motors with higher speeds are ill-suited because of their increased running noise and inherent vibration. Slowly rotating motors often transfer torque ripples onto the drive pulley, and from here via the driving belts on to the platter, where they show as wow and flutter. Slowly spinning motors with a torque that is as low as possible are a significant improvement, but they cannot completely solve the problem. In combination with a high-inertia platter, the drive pulley developed by NEWTON completely absorbs torque ripple and thus wow and flutter are significantly reduced.
The drive pulley developed by NEWTON in combination with a high mass inertia platter completely absorbs the torque ripple and significantly reduces wow and flutter, resulting in a smooth yet powerful and dynamic sound spectrum and an increased tonal emotionality.
Use of a platter with a high dead weight and therefore high mass inertia usually has a positive effect on sound quality. Wow and flutter are reduced, resulting in a smoother sound impression. The disadvantage of a heavy platter is the increased load on the platter bearing. A smooth running bearing depends on a supporting contact area that is as small as possible (usually a hardened steel bearing ball). The whole weight pressure of the platter is concentrated on this minute surface area. Pressure (unit: Pascal Pa) is the ratio of compression force per unit area (p=F/A). NEWTON platter spindles are smooth running and equipped with special hard metal inlays designed to withstand high compression forces. This makes an ideal set with a ceramic or ruby bearing ball.
The same materials are used as in instrument-making, with the objective of enabling the individual expression of the most subtle sound nuances (overtones) while simultaneously maintaining the realistic NEWTON sound characteristics.