Welcome to Design Build Listen

Home of The Wand Tonearm, Turntable and Phono Stage

The experience of the special musical magic that vinyl is able to reproduce led us to develop The Wand Tonearm® and now The Wand Turntable™.

Launched in 2011 The Wand Tonearm has been given several Design Awards and numerous Five Star reviews around the world. The Wand Tonearm® represents a step change in tonearm design. This is not your grandmother’s ‘gramophone’. Its large diameter carbon-fibre arm tube makes it at least four times stiffer than ‘traditional’ arms. It is available as in 9.5*, 10.3" and 12" lengths and in three specification levels The Wand Plus, The Wand Master and Master S (Lite) Series. The Master is also made as a 14" arm to special order.

The Wand Turntable Model 14-4 was launched in 2019 and is now available. It has been demonstrated at half a dozen audio shows around the world and initial response is very positive. See Wand Turntable Review page. Like the tonearms it boasts a raft of original thinking, from the large 14” diameter multi-layer platter to the computer machined anti vibration chassis, all in the service of providing musical magic.

In July 2020 we launched The Wand EQ Phono Stage. This was a collaboration with fellow Kiwi amplifier company Pureaudio and designed by Gary Morrison, sadly Gary died in 2021 but from  his legacy we are able to continue offering the EQ.  The phono stage can be fitted inside The Wand 14-4 turntable or purchased separately.

March 2024 brings the release of The Wand 14-4 Master Turntable as well as Series B arms and 14-4 turntable. 

We are New Zealand Distributors for the rather wonderful Hana MC cartridges.

Design Build Listen also make a number of other audio accessories such as 'No Ring Rings' for damping tube vibrations and other equipment for enhancing Audio. All our products are handmade in Aotearoa / New Zealand.