tonearm

noun
tone·​arm | \ ˈtōn-ˌärm How to pronounce tonearm (audio) \

Definition of tonearm

: the movable part of a phonograph or record player that carries the pickup and permits the needle to follow the record groove

Examples of tonearm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The turntable is made by Elipson and has an ultra-rigid plywood plinth, carbon tonearm and Ortofon Stylus 10 cartridge. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "La Boite Concept LX Blends Beautiful Handcrafted Furniture With Cutting-Edge Audio Technology," 19 Apr. 2021 Better still, there’s an automatic tonearm lift (which can be turned off) that is activated at the end of a record to prevents unnecessary wear on the stylus. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "Technics Unveils A New Direct-Drive Turntable At A More Affordable Price," 21 Apr. 2021 The soft, natural bamboo design with a Marley quote engraved on the tonearm also makes for a decorative addition to your living space. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "The Best Headphones & Earbuds from This Bob Marley-Inspired Audio Brand," 20 Apr. 2021 Browsing a record shelf, slipping the LP from its sleeve, setting it on the platter and cueing up the tonearm is all part of the deal—in much the same way decanting a bottle plays a role in the enjoyment of an old Bordeaux. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Review: You Might Not Be a True Audiophile Without the State-of-the-Art Ramar Record Brush," 2 Apr. 2021 And Pro-Ject’s static-balance tonearm is an 8.6-inch affair with sapphire bearings and comes with an Ortofon OM10 moving-magnet cartridge that’s been pre-mounted and aligned at the factory, so no set-up is required. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Pro-Ject’s New Turntable Spins a Psychedelic Tribute to George Harrison," 4 Mar. 2021 Some tonearms have adjustable VTA, while others require shims between the plinth (the body of the turntable) and the tonearm to adjust VTA. Star Tribune, "Sound Advice: Generators and solar panels fill different needs," 2 Oct. 2020 The tonearm is designed to operate delicately to protect the album. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, "The best turntable of 2020," 4 Aug. 2020 The tonearm is the long, straight or curved arm that guides the stylus along the grooves. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, "The best turntable of 2020," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of tonearm

1907, in the meaning defined above

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9 May 2021

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“Tonearm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tonearm. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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