Thales is another long term partner of AE, with more than 17 years behind us. Micha Huber is a technical genius in the domain of the analog tonearm and cartridge. His Simplicity tonearm is famous for its 'zero tracking error' and its easy installation. Tracking ability is extremely precise from the opening groove until the very end of the last track. The sound is extremely detailed, with a supremely open top end. There was immediate success when AE introduced Thales to Hong Kong/China many years ago. Lincoln Cheng, Chief Editor of Audio Technique, was immediately attracted to the technical mastery of Micha Huber and had himself used the Simplicity 2 tonearm (along with other reviewers at Audio Technique) as his reference tonearm before switching to Micha's Statement tonearm. The Statement tonearm delivers highly controlled energy at the top-end particularly on recordings with tremendous high-frequency energy such as soprano, and brass/wind instruments.