Outrigger and Paddle in position whilst playing
Camera mounted on tripod.
Graph 1, low frequency response, shows how the arm-cartridge resonance peak is calmed to insignificance by the damping action of the trough assembly.
Graph 2Graph 2 shows how rumble artefacts at around 8 Hz, caused by the arm/cartridge flapping around, are virtually eliminated when the trough is introduced. Once you have experienced music played on a Rock Turntable with the trough, the thought of returning to a conventional turntable is masochism!
The 8th Annual Positive Feedback Online’s Writers’ Choice Awards for 2011 – The Best of the Best!
The Rock 7 ranks with other turntables that cost $10K or more yet has a list price of about $3000 (without tonearm). Think of all the extra LPs you could buy for this difference! The Rock 7 has a unique suspension system that effectively isolates the turntable from outside disturbances, but its most noteworthy feature is the amazing “trough”, filled with damping fluid, that the tonearm headshell floats in. Damping provided by the trough smooths the bass response and controls other resonances in the cartridge/tonearm system that muddy the sound.
Music through the Rock 7 emanates from a dead silent background and the action of the trough sharpens transients and lifts veils that otherwise obscure inner detail. The result is that music literally explodes from the groove and provides a sense of musical flow that I was never aware of before. Whether you have a $100 cartridge or a $5000 cartridge the Rock 7 will get the best out of it. It requires some tinkering to sound its best but worth the effort. Highest recommendation!
by Dave Robertson
“Rafael Todes introduces a turntable with ingenius solutions”
November, 2011 — Rafael Todes
Source: Opera Now
Townshend Audio Rock 7 Turntable receives Golden Ear award from The Absolute Sound magazine.
“The latest incarnation of Townshend’s unique ideas of turntable design, including damping of the arm at the front end via a trough of damping fluid, offers truly remarkable performance at a rational price. With its silent background, stability, neutrality, and purity, and control of the arm in a way not otherwise available, the sound is reminiscent of mastertape or even live mike feed. And the front-of-the-arm damping also gives extraordinary bass. Combine it with the Moerch DP-8 anisotropic tonearm (one of my Golden Ear Awards of 2010), and you will hear all the bass and all the rest, that is really on your records. The Rock 7 is a triumph of engineering insight, with performance at the very top level but at a moderate price. (Reviewed in Issue 209)”
Robert E. Greene, 2011.
“The Rock VII is one amazing turntable design.”
“Perhaps there are people who admire vinyl not for its real virtues but for its potential failings—resonances, ringing, and the like—who might prefer the sound sans trough more. But anyone who knows the sound of mike feeds or mastertapes—or music—will want the trough back in use instantly.”
“…….the Townshend Rock VII shows what remarkable results can be obtained, not by flinging mass and money at the problem, but by inspired engineering. And some of the sonic virtues of the Rock VII are otherwise unavailable elsewhere at any price. The trough rules!”
December 28th, 2010 — by Robert E. Greene
Source: The Absolute Sound