TA-500 NEO

Acoustic Signature

A turn­table is only as good as its wea­kest link! As a matter of principle, we do not want to allow our­sel­ves to call our ‘smal­lest’ an entry-level tone­arm. The TA‑500 NEO is simply much too good for that!

Acoustic Signature TA-500 NEO

TA-500 NEO in silver

Special features:

  • 9 inch tonearm with dual-layer carbon armtube
  • Low resonance, rigid tube design
  • Excellent tracking results due to precision miniature ball bearings
  • Better rigidity and smooth operation due to stainless steel tonearm axis design
  • Internal studio-quality copper wiring by Mogami
  • Supplied with external Audioquest 5-pin copper phono cable (RCA)

5 years warranty

Handmade in Germany

Quality 'Made in Germany'

Quality ‘Made in Germany’

Lovingly handcrafted in Germany, the TA‑500 NEO scores with cardanic precision ball bearings that provide excellent control and a stainless steel tonearm axis for more rigidity and smoothness.

Performance at a high level

Performance at a high level

A rigid yet well-damped dual-layer carbon armtube effec­tively mini­mizes unwanted vibra­tions. Of course the TA‑500 NEO offers VTA, azimuth and anti-skating adjust­ment, allowing fine-tuning for optimum cart­ridge performance.

Thought out in every detail

Thought out in every detail

The headshell of the TA-500 NEO offers virtually no surface for unwan­ted reso­nances. The internal MOGAMI studio-quality copper cabling and the included 5‑pin copper phono cable from Audio­quest also contri­bute to the TA‑500 NEO’s perfor­mance – far beyond its price range.

Absolutely flexible

Absolutely flexible

The TA‑500 NEO is designed as a 9‑inch tonearm. In addition to the brass counterweight, an add-on weight for heavy cartridges is also included.

Test reports

Test report of the Tonado NEO, TA-500 NEO and MCX2 in Fidelity 11/2021

“it was to the credit of the MCX2 and the company’s smal­lest tone­arm, the TA‑500 NEO, that the musi­cal sequen­ces were as clear as glass”

(TA‑500 NEO with Tornado NEO and MCX2)

by Roland Schmen­ner

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Review Double X NEO in Stereoplay 08/2021

“Perfectly crafted and equip­ped with a superb lift, the TA-500 Neo is very plea­sant to operate. The elegant, noble tone­arm guides any pickup safely, the platter rotates in a stoic, control­led manner – the sonic result is beyond any doubt. This is money well spent.”

(Test with Double X NEO and MCX1)

by Alexander Rose-Fehling

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Maximus NEO test report in Stereo 07/2021

“Precision all around … Precise ball bea­rings without clea­rance allow the cart­ridge to effort­lessly follow every path the record offers.”

(Test with Maximus NEO & MCX2)

by Matthias Boede

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Unboxing & Setup Video

This video features the unboxing of a TA-500 NEO tone­arm followed by a step by step guide to the tone­arm’s assembly. Additio­nal adjust­ments highly depend on your cart­ridge. Please refer to it’s manual and the TA-500 NEO’s printed manual for further steps.

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Technical data

Available sizes:9″ version
Length:293 mm
Effective length:239.3 mm
Mounting distance
(from pivot to center of platter):
222 mm
Total weight:349 g
Effective mass:10 g
Tilt angle
(depends on cartridge):
Overhang:17.3 mm
Cartridge balance range:6 to 16 g
Mounting:Rega style,
SME style upgrade option at additional charge
Armtube:Dual-layer carbon
Signal cable material:Copper wiring by Mogami
Phono cable:Phono cable
by Audio­quest
Connectors:5-pin to RCA/ground connector

Available finishes

Tonearm:Silver (anodized)

Package contents

  • TA-500 NEO tonearm
  • Counter weight
  • Adjustment template
  • Phono­ cable
  • Additional weight
  • Screws
  • Anti-skating weight
  • Toolset
  • Instruction manual


5 year warranty

details of the TA-500 NEO tonearm

Made in Germany

Our ‘smallest’ tonearm convinces with big qualities: selected high quality materials and manual assembly at the Acoustic Signa­ture manufacture in Germany are certainly for us on the TA-500 NEO production.


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