Cambridge Audio ALVA ST

Belt Drive Turntable w/ Bluetooth aptX HD

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Cambridge Audio ALVA ST

Belt Drive Turntable w/ Bluetooth aptX HD

$999.00
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Overview

Alva ST is for people who want to listen to records at exceptional quality – without the need to choose or fit extra components. Alva ST keeps it simple with perfectly matched cartridge pre-installed. Alva ST connects to pretty much any audio system too, as it has a switchable integrated phono-stage. It even works wirelessly with Bluetooth speaker systems.

Woman wearing headphones sat on living room floor choosing records

Hi-Res Bluetooth

Built-in Bluetooth aptX HD liberates Alva from the rest of your hi-fi. With the freedom to place an Alva deck on any flat surface, your records take centre-stage. Music can be streamed to any compatible Bluetooth kit, including headphones, at up to 24bit/48kHz Hi-Res quality. Or, you can deactivate it and simply use phono cables – it’s your call.

Integrated Phono Stage

Alva ST has an integrated phono stage (phono pre-amp), derived from our award-winning Alva Duo – to reveal incredible detail from your records. It means you can connect Alva ST to any amp or compatible speaker system. You can deactivate the deck’s phono stage, too – deal if your amp already has one or to keep upgrade options open.

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close-up of alva st audio technica cartridge

MM Cartridge Pre-installed

After hours of listening, we selected an Audio Technica Moving Magnet cartridge to be ready fitted on Alva ST. With no fiddly set-up you’ll be playing records in minutes. The elliptical stylus provides a greater contact area with your records’ grooves, producing accurate tracking of information and, of course, great sounding music.

Belt Drive

Alva ST uses the proven belt-drive method, supplemented with electronic motor speed control. After connecting the belt for the first time, you won’t need to look under the platter again. Rotation speed selection is made by 2 neat electronic buttons on the ST’s aluminium top surface – so you can effortlessly switch between playing albums and singles.

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above close-up of alva st turntable platter, tonearm and stylus

Aluminium, Tuned

Alva ST’s platter is aluminium die-cast, finished by CNC to ensure a totally level and smooth surface. The 17mm high aluminium platter is finished with a 5mm rubber mat – a combination proven to reduce unwanted resonance.

All-New Tonearm

After hours of testing, Cambridge Audio engineers selected a new high-mass, low-resonance tonearm for Alva TT V2 and Alva ST. By minimising resonant frequencies, and in combination with the cartridge, it helps retrieve the maximum detail from your records. A detachable die-cast aluminium headshell makes swapping cartridges easy – then fine-tuned with greater precision thanks to a new anti-skating dial.

close-up of alva tt v2 tonearm
close-up of alva st turntable with dust cover down focusing on tonearm and cartridge

Designed for Life

A record collection can last a lifetime, so why shouldn’t a turntable? Cambridge built Alva ST to do just that, with a 1mm aluminium top plate, and a layer of EVA to absorb vibration sitting on top of MDF. It’s cradled in a composite chassis and weighs 9kg. Reassuring solid, and with great sound absorption qualities too.

Timeless Style, from London

Finished with a lunar-grey aluminium top plate and matt black plinth, tapering to Cambridge's trademark floating wedge base, Alva ST shares their minimalist house style. It’s the perfect match for the best-selling Evo and CX Series hi-fi separates. Designed and engineered in London with the emphasis on classic timeless style.

woman lowering stylus onto alva st turntable with red record
Woman lowering dust cover on alva st turntable

Dust Never Sleeps

Keep your new Alva turntable’s finely balanced tonearm and aluminium top-plate pristine when you’ve finished spinning discs for the day, with the hinged dust-cover. It’s easy to raise, lower, remove and re-attach – the choice is yours.

Details & Specs

Designed for new vinyl lovers as well as those looking to upgrade from their first record player for a step up in performance, the Cambridge Audio Alva ST is the perfect turntable to enjoy a growing vinyl collection, with exceptional sound quality and an elegant design that will be a showstopper in any room.

Featuring many of the key features of the Alva TT V2, the new Alva ST brings Cambridge Audio’s premium turntable performance to the under-£1,000 price range for the first time.

The Alva ST is a belt drive turntable with a 1mm aluminium top plate, and a layer of EVA to absorb vibration sitting on top of MDF, and comes pre-installed with an Audio Technica AT-VM95e moving magnet cartridge – which can be swapped out for a cartridge of your choice for easy upgrades.

It shares many of the key features of the premium Alva TT V2: switchable, built-in phono stage and aptX HD wireless hi-res streaming, the same new tonearm, and the classy, minimal 'Lunar Grey' finish.

Key features of Alva ST:

  • Bluetooth aptX HD – Wireless hi-res streaming to compatible amplifiers, headphones and speakers. Place the turntable anywhere. 
  • New tonearm with detachable headshell – Tracks records with precision. High-mass, low-resonance design helps to keep resonance to a minimum.
  • Pre-installed moving magnet cartridge – Easy setup and upgrade path.
  • Built-in phono stage – No need for extra boxes. Keep your setup simple.
  • Switchable phono stage – Flexibility and choice of components. Easy upgrade path for hi-fi system.
  • Belt drive & die-cast aluminium platter – Reduced motor interference. Vibration resistant chassis for pitch-perfect reproduction of music.
Type: Belt Drive
Turntable Speeds: 33.3, 45rpm
Wow & Flutter: <0.12%
Turntable Platter: Die Cast Aluminium
Platter Diameter: 305mm
Platter Weight: 645.3g (930.5g Inc. Rubber Mat)
Audio Out: Rca Phono/line Level (Switchable)
Bluetooth: Sbc/aptx/aptx Hd
Power Supply: Ac 100-240v, 60/50hz
Power Consumption: 6w
Max Power Consumption: 20w
Standby Power Consumption: <0.3w
Dimensions (W X H X D): 435 X 139 X 366.7mm
Weight: 9kg
Phono Stage Gain @1khz: 42db
Phono Stage Nominal Output: 250vrms
Phono Stage Input Noise (A-weighted): 0.1u Vrms
Phono Stage Riaa Curve Accuracy: *+/- 0.3db 30hz-20khz
Phono Stage Signal/noise Ratio: >90db
Phono Stage Thd+n 1khz: 0.0025%
Phono Stage Input Impedance: 47Ω
Phono Stage Input Capacitance: 100pf
Tonearm Type: Static Balanced Tonearm W/ Detachable Headshell
Tonearm Effective Length: 221.5mm
Tonearm Overhang: 19mm
Tonearm Effective Mass: 19.6g
Tonearm Compatible Cartridge Weights: 4.5-12g
Cartridge: Moving Magnet
Cartridge Frequency Response: +/- 0.5db 30hz-20khz
Cartridge Stylus: Elliptical
Cartridge Cantilever: Alloy Tube
Cartridge Output Level: 1.8~3.6mv @1khz
Cartridge Tracking Force: 2g
Cartridge Recommended Load: 47Ω
More Information
Weight 25.00 lbs
Features Direct Drive, MC Compatible
Cartridge Type Moving Magnet
Cartridge Mount Style Standard Mount
Phono Stage Built-In Yes
Dustcover Included Yes
Included Phono Cable Yes
motor Belt Drive
Turntable Platter Die Cast Aluminium
Tonearm Type Static Balanced Tonearm w/ detachable Headshell
Cantilever Material Alloy Tube
Output 1.8~3.6mV @1kHz
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