AS-212R Tonearm

High precision,
advanced engineering

True to the legacy


The Reference tonearm is the culmination of decades of experience and expertise in the field of audio engineering. 

All parts and every component of the tonearms have been upgraded with material meticulously chosen to minimize unwanted vibration and distortion, ensuring crisp clear, and accurate sound. Careful attention to precision and durability of every part and assembly in both models ensures lasting durability for years to come.

The AS-212R is a 9 inch tonearm.


Unmatched quality and performance

/Precision engineering and hand assembly

With over 130 redesigned components, the Reference tonearms are crafted with unparalleled mechanical precision and advanced engineering.

Our skilled artisans meticulously hand assemble, adjust, and review every component of each tonearm, ensuring unmatched quality and performance. This meticulous artisanship optimizes every aspect of the tonearm, capturing the subtle nuances of your music like never before.

A step-by-step tutorial series

How to setup
your tonearm

Explore the steps of tonearm setup with our Ortofon AS-212S Reference tonearm. Whether you're an audiophile or new to vinyl, mastering tonearm adjustment is crucial for optimal audio performance.

Made to meet to your specific needs


The Reference Tonearm is a highly versatile accessory designed to cater to the needs of many turntable owners. It is available in two lengths, 9 and 12 inches, and can be adjusted in height to fit a wide range of turntable models. The tonearm is a great option for vinyl lovers who wish to change between different setups. It is equipped with a universal connector made of brass, making it easy to match and connect with cartridges mounted on different headshells, offering maximum flexibility and compatibility with your existing setup.

Moreover, each tonearm comes with the premium Ortofon 6NX-TSW-1010 Tonearm cable and includes two counterweight options, allowing it to fit a wide range of cartridges from the Ortofon Concorde Series to the SPU Series, including all cartridges mounted on a suitable headshell, providing adaptability and versatility to meet your specific needs.

User-friendly design

User match

Based on well-known Ortofon technology, the tonearm is designed to be simple to install and operate with intuitive controls that make it easy to adjust settings and achieve the perfect sound. The tonearm is statically balanced, simplifying needle pressure adjustment by setting the weight and an easy-to-set anti-skating feature. Furthermore, the tonearm is built to fulfill Baerwald alignment resulting in minimum tracking error.

The 5-pol DIN tonearm socket ensures you can use a broad range of tonearm cables, making the Reference Tonearm even more versatile and user-friendly.

The AS-212R is a 9-inch tonearm and is also available in 12 inches as the AS-309R

There's no better way to indulge in analog passion

The nine-inch AS-212R opened the listening session and immediately aroused enthusiasm. The clarity, conciseness, and inner solidity that our cartridges delivered were absolutely impressive. Not only did every detail emerge clearly outlined during their performance, but even tiny fluctuations in the timing were brought out as strikingly as they were effortlessly and playfully in conjunction with the Danish tonearm. you felt encouraged to put on one well-known record after another in order to discover them fresh in the fire of this unrestrained temperament.

Matthias Böde

STEREO 5/2024

There's no better way to indulge in analog passion

Which arm (AS-212R or AS-309R, - Red.) you ultimately prefer - only a few vinyl listeners will even have the opportunity to mount a twelve-inch arm - will depend not least on your personal taste and preferred music styles. Or you can (…) and treat yourself to both arms with selected cartridges. There's no better way to indulge in analog passion.

Matthias Böde

STEREO 5/2024


  • Cartridge weight
    18 to 26 g./26 to 38 g. (standard weight, including headshell/heavy weight, including headshell))
  • Mounting distance
    214 mm
  • Effective length
    = 232mm
  • Overhang
  • Offset angle
  • Arm shaft diameter
    18 mm
  • Recommended arm shaft hole diameter
  • Tonearm weight
    600g/630 g. standard weight/heavy weight
  • Height above mounting surface
    59 – 79 mm (up to top of the tonearm)
  • Counterweight radial clearance
    80 mm for standard weight; 89 mm for heavy weight (measured from pivot point)
  • Distance from the mounting surface to the top of the platter
    20 – 48 mm.
  • Effective arm mass
    7 g.

Incredible sound

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