Cambridge Audio ALVA TT Direct Drive Turntable with Bluetooth aptX HD

Model: C11033K UPC: 813371025981 Item: 172515

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Winner - The Best Turntables of 2021

The Cambridge Alva TT sets itself apart from any other turntable currently on the market with its Bluetooth aptX HD capabilities. Freeing itself from cables and wires, the “just add vinyl” motto comes to life when your Hi-Res 24bit/48kHz audio gets pumped out over Bluetooth. With a built-in phonostage, and a high-output moving coil (MC) cartridge, there’s practically no setup required with this sexy aluminum body and Polyoxymethylene platter. Rigid, dense, and stiff, describes the Alva build, but the sound coming through the one-piece, joint-free aluminum tonearm is smooth and warm…so delicious. The Alva TT was also recently awarded 'Best in Class' from Trusted Reviews, and we couldn't agree more.

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  • Bluetooth aptX HD
  • Built-in phonostage
  • Direct Drive
  • Pre-installed high output MC cartridge
  • Single-piece tone-arm

ALVA TT. Just Add Vinyl

You’ve spent years building your record collection. You’ve dedicated weekends to searching for hidden gems in record stores and carefully curating your discoveries. You worked hard, because you love music. Cambridge Audio worked hard creating Alva TT, because they love music too.

The World's First Bluetooth aptX HD Turntable

Bluetooth aptX HD liberates your record player from the Hi-Fi rack. With the freedom to place Alva TT anywhere you like, your records are invited into the lime-light. Your music can be streamed from Alva TT to any Bluetooth receiver at up to 24bit/48kHz Hi-Res, which means you’re guaranteed an authentic vinyl experience, wherever it’s placed.

Integrated Phonostage

Alva TT’s custom designed, integrated phonostage simplifies process of a physical connection - removing the need for extra boxes in your set-up. This phonostage builds on the success of CA's award-winning, 5-star standalone pre-amplifiers, the Alva Solo and Alva Duo, reducing unwanted noise while preserving the characteristic warmth of your vinyl.

MC Cartridge Pre-Installed

The cartridge on the Alva TT is pre-installed. There’s no tricky setup needed, and it’s perfectly matched to the other components in the turntable. 

CA opted for a High-output Moving Coil (MC) cartridge with an exposed cantilever design.  It reduces unwanted resonance and vibration, which delivers high levels of gain and outstanding musical detail during playback.

Protect Your Turntable

Your records are your prized possessions, so CA included a detachable dust cover with the Alva TT to protect whatever your spinning.

Direct Drive

Rather than go for a Belt Drive system with the ALVA TT, CA opted for a medium-torque Direct Drive. Over time, the elastic used on a Belt Drive turntable can stretch and will need to be replaced. As a result of this wear, Belt Drive turntables traditionally have a less accurate playback speed than their Direct Drive cousins. This isn’t a problem on the ALVA TT – it has just 0.06% Wow and Flutter. This means a far better pitch stability – particularly during longer, more sustained musical notes.

Pom Platter

Complementing the Direct Drive motor, the platter on the Alva TT is both dense and heavy. It’s made from Polyoxymethylene (POM), a high-tech engineering thermoplastic used in precision parts requiring high stiffness and excellent dimensional stability. The weight of the platter, coupled with CA's medium torque Direct Drive motor, ensures excellent speed stability during playback of your records.

Single Piece Tonearm

The Alva TT uses a classic one-piece tonearm. There are no joints, giving it the best possible grounding for the cartridge and offering extremely low friction. 

It’s designed to retrieve the maximum amount of sonic detail from the cartridge and therefore your records.



  • Type: Direct Drive
  • Turntable speeds: 33 1/3, 45 RPM
  • Motor torque: 1.6kg/cm
  • Wow and flutter: <0.1%
  • Turntable platter: POM
  • Diameter: 305mm
  • Tonearm: One-piece aluminum casting
  • Effective length: 238mm
  • Overhang: 17.2mm
  • Effective mass: 11g
  • Gain @ 1kHz: 42dB
  • Nominal output (250m Vrms)
  • Equivalent input noise: 0.1u Vrms
  • RIAA curve accuracy: +/-0.3dB 30Hz - 20kHz
  • Signal/noise ratio: >90dB
  • THD + N 1kHz: 0.0025%
  • Input impedance: 47kΩ
  • Input capacitance: 320pF
  • Audio output: RCA line level
  • Bluetooth: SBC/apX/aptX HD
  • Power supply: AC 100 - 240V, 60/50Hz
  • Power consumption: 6W approximately, 20W max, <0.5W (standby)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 17.12" x 5.47" x 14.48"
  • Weight: 24.25 lbs.
  • Cartridge type: High output moving coil
  • Frequency response: +/-1dB 30Hz - 20kHz
  • Stylus: Elliptical
  • Cantilever: Aluminum
  • Output level: 2mV @ 1kHz
  • Tracking force: 2g
  • Recommended load: 47kΩ

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • ALVA TT Direct Drive Turntable
  • Turntable lid
  • Documentation
  • Analogue interconnect
  • Tonearm force gauge
  • Platter
  • Counterweight
  • Turntable lid hinges
  • Power cable



Customer Reviews for Cambridge Audio ALVA TT Direct Drive Turntable with Bluetooth aptX HD

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super easy to set up & use. Solidly built.
July 15, 2019


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TEJAS S on Jun 6, 2020
TEJAS S on Jun 6, 2020
What are the noise and distortion specs for this?
A shopper on Apr 13, 2019
  The provided specs state the following:
Signal/noise ratio: >90dB
THD + N 1kHz: 0.0025%

Can the built in preamp be bypassed? Can a Low o/p MC be fitted. Detachable head shell?
A shopper on Dec 14, 2020
  Thanks for your questions. Based upon a thorough review of the owners manual it appears that the built in phono preamp does not have a bypass switch. Many turntables in this quality range do not use a detachable headshell so as to further reduce the moving mass of the arm. Its a performance benefit but makes cartridge change a highly precise procedure. A low output MC cartridge could be installed if the preamp had a bypass switch.
That tonearm looks very similar to the Rega RB220 arm. Can you confirm if that is arm being used?
A shopper on Apr 28, 2020
  Thanks for your question. The tonearms are very similar in appearance, however we are unable to confirm if it is the Rega RB220.
It appears to come without the cartridge, so how compatible is it with other (grado ortofon dennon etc) mm cartridges .Or do it have to be articulately matched?
jim c on Sep 13, 2019
  The table comes with a very high quality high output moving coil cartridge pre-installed at the factory, which does not require a moving coil preamp because it's high output.