neo sas release news

neoSAS Series Announced:

July 21st, 2016 – We are proud to announce the arrival of the long-waited successor to the SAS Super Analogue Stylus; the neoSAS series. The neoSAS will be available in two versions sporting the original Super Analogue Stylus tips nude-mounted to cantilevers utilizing new materials. The neoSAS/S model features a sapphire cantilever and the neoSAS/R featuring a tapered ruby cantilever.

For the release of the neoSAS, we have already held several trial listening sessions and heard many impressions. The following announcement concerns information regarding the auditions.

neoSAS Auditions:

Auditions of both versions of the new stylus series will be held on the following dates at the locations indicated. We cordially invite you to share your opinions and impressions, please join us if you have the opportunity. Whether you reside in Japan or plan to travel there in the next few months, all who would like a chance to hear the magic for themselves are welcome.

In addition to the neoSAS/S and neoSAS/R we are pleased to announce the development* of our first Moving Coil cartridge. More information to be announced in due course.

* MC cartridge currently in development, may not be available for audition at all events.

(This notice has been made available after the initial Tokyo and Osaka events. We offer our sincere apologies for the delayed posting of the schedule.)

Audition Schedule:
  1. Tokyo**
  2. Location: eatable Ebisu (
    Date: Thursday July 21st, 2016 –Ended
    Open: 2:30 P.M
    Audition: 3:00-4:00 P.M.

  3. Osaka
  4. Location: A769 Kitchen (
    Date: Saturday July 30th, 2016 –Ended
    Open: 1:30 P.M.
    Audition: 2:00-3:00 P.M.

  5. Nagoya**
  6. Location: Café Lui (
    Date: Saturday August 27th, 2016 –Ended
    Open: 1:30 P.M.
    Audition: 2:00-3:00 P.M.

  7. Kyoto**
  8. Location: Kumamoto Sougo Shokudo-ten Mao (
    Date: Saturday September 3rd, 2016 –Ended
    Open: 1:00 P.M.
    Audition: 1:30-2:30 P.M.

  9. Tokyo**
  10. Location: eatable Ebisu (
    Date: Saturday September 24th, 2016 –Ended
    Open: 1:30 P.M
    Audition: 2:00-3:00 P.M.

    All dates, times, and locations subject to change at any time.
    Information to be updated as necessary.

    ** RSVP in advance, please contact us via inquiry form.

    We will also exhibit at the following exhibitions.
    • Kokusai Frontier Industry Messe 2016 – Kobe, September 8th (Thurs.) and 9th (Fri.)
    • JAS Sound Salon & Conference – Tokyo, October 29th (Sat.) and 30th (Sun.)

Impressions from attendees of previous auditions:

In the auditions we have held thus far, response for the neoSAS series has been overwhelmingly positive. Listeners reported various impressions at each audition, some favoring the sapphire, others ruby, depending on personal preference for the tonality of each stylus and perceived suitability to particular genre.

We would like to thank all participants for attending and offering their reflections, and look forward to the upcoming events. Hope to see you there!

– Seth Kolon / JICO

- “It would be nice to hear genre recommendations to suit the sapphire and ruby cantilever, based on their individual characteristics…cheering from the sidelines as you rise to meet a new challenge.”

- “I like the ruby for vocals, sapphire for the deep bass of the orchestra. Both are very nice but the ruby is clearer and more natural, with a wider range between highs and lows.”

- “It seems the ruby cantilever emphasizes some frequency band, perhaps best suited to Rock music? That no doubt appeals to a lively experience, but I prefer the flat, natural feeling of the sapphire stylus, which I believe performs quite well.”

- “I knew of the difference in sound related to stylus tip shape and material but was not aware of cantilever materials. Very unique…this is the future of analogue.”

- “The S series is vibrant and youthful, a sound for noon until dusk. The R series is balanced and thick-sounding, for the evening and after dark. It far surpasses the original (VN35)…”

- “For vocals, the sapphire is better. The ruby has a sound with a sense of speed. I’m pleased to see the revival of the Super Analogue Stylus.”

- “Impressive sense of depth and energy. Each has its own quality and they should be used differently, according to the piece of music…”

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Products on display at the Tokyo audition

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Audition session at Eatable Ebisu, Tokyo

neosas auditions

Audition session at A769 Kitchen, Osaka

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