1 9 8 0 1980
1 9 8 2 1982

Part of the E5 system and a little gem in proportion balancing and unobtrusive design.

The L-E5 is a small linear tracker with the same motor technology as the TT-71 drive lodged in a more modern, discrete, package : 180-slot FG yoke and 180-coil FG circuit board.
The coreless DC-FG motor itself and all the rest is of course... smaller.

The tonearm is a simple post + wand with a pair of LED geometry detectors placed at the bottom of the post.

The linear tracking movement itself is actuated by a motor through a reduction gear, plus two more gears at the extremities of two guiding rails.
The actual tonearm driving is done around the back guiding rail with a thin round belt/wire. The LED board is connected to the motor itself for movement sync.

The stock cartridge is a Dual Magnet MM and has a custom shape : only the stylus itself is to be fitted ! There is no tracking force adjustment so this is like a T4P (but isn't, physically).

This drive/arm/cart system was loaned to Sansui for its cheaper yet programmable (and built-by-Victor) 1981 P-M7 turntable.

Mainly, the E5 system is beautiful and its elements sport high-end technologies without bragging about it : Super-A with toroidal transformer and JVC-spec'ed caps for the A-E5 amp, Phase-Tracking Loop Detector for the T-E5 tuner... Educated mid-fi with all one needs to listen to music.

The E5 separates were advertised in the US with a magnificent catalog, the main images of which you can see here.
But for the cover, the equivalent japanese catalog/poster really wasn't, for once, on the level of this and not even Sony advertised for such systems so well and lavishly !

The L-E5 is on my personal list of "I want one".

JVC LE-5, image 1 JVC LE-5, image 2 JVC LE-5, image 3
JVC LE-5 specifications
Title Value
Type : coreless FG DC-Servo direct-drive
Speeds : 33 1/3rpm & 45rpm
Pitch control : ± 3% (33 1/3rpm)
Wow & flutter : 0,03% (WRMS)
0,015% (WRMS, encoder's output)
Full speed ahead : 1,8s
SN ratio : 78dB (DIN-B)
Type : linear tracking with New Gimbal Support
statically-balanced low-mass
Effective length : 14,2cm
Tracking error : ± 0,2°
Type : Dual-Magnet MM
Frequency response : 10Hz...25Khz
Channel separation : 25dB
Output voltage : 2,4mV
Load resistance : 47kOhm...100kOhm
Dynamic compliance : 8 x 10-6 cm/dyne
Stylus : 0,6mil diamond
Replacement stylus : DT-37
Optimum tracking force : 1,5g (+0,25g / -0,5g)
General General
PC : 10W (on)
1,4W (off)
Dimensions : 34 x 11,5 x 35,6cm
Weight : 5,7kg.
Accessories : LK-E5 mini-rack
LK-E7 tall rack on casters
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