In theoretical terms the ideal Analogue Pick-up Arm, Turntable and Cartridge are all supposed to de perfectly neutral. In contrast to a musical instrument they are not allowed to "make music" by themselves, but rather they must track the record with no addition or omission, n personal signature. Once the artistic event has been performed and recorded its integrity must be respected. This is the task of the Audio designer. Neutrality stands on the narrow line between pleasant low colorations and overdamping. Neutrality is the very first quality of a complete player which acts as The Source for the whole audio system. To achieve real dynamic range, transient response, deep bass, image, clarity, credibility, emotion or any other musical characteristic requires an absolutely neutrral reference. Both Mathematics and Philodophy demonstrate that neutrality is satisfied by a PURE MASS. In Physics the Pure Mass concept is defined by a particular case of general balancing of a given body, (Mass Distribution and Ellipsoid of Inertia).
The Audiomeca J1 platter is a masterpiece of physics and precision machining which has no competitor in the high end field.
The arm tube and headshell of the Pierre Lurne SL5 are machined from one solid piece of aluminium alloy for extreme rigidity. The pure mass concept is critical in tonearm design. The character has to be negligible to satisfy the neutrality requirement. A pure mass has no special tendency to vibrate by itself, and moving a pure mass always needs the same force in any direction. Complex forms, incoherent mass distribution, elastic decoupling, for instance, cannot achieve a pure mass. Laboratory measurement using a tiny accelerometer fixed on the Pierre Lurne SL5 headshell easily shows how neutral the arm is and, consequently, its outstanding level of sound quality.