ControlledSpin on 11/18/2017
The Nittaku Accoustic is an amazing 5 Ply Offensive blade with Limba outer layers. I would rate the blade in the Off- speed category. I used this as my main blade as a developing mid distance looper. It is my favorite 5 Ply wood blade of all time and I've tried quite a few. It has amazing feel without producing a distracting level of vibration. Power and speed are good for an all wood blade and more than sufficient to put away a winner. But what makes this blade a true gem is it's control, feel and consistancy. Great for developing players and advanced players whose game values control and ball placement over speed and power. Very high build quality by Nittaku.
rjiang on 11/15/2016
I got the Chinese penhold version of this blade, and I am very pleased with it. Compared to other blades I have used, this seems to have a wider head, and balance is slightly head heavy.
This is a 5 ply wood offensive/looping blade with surprisingly exceptional control. I think if you play medium-hard to hard rubbers, you should pair with a bit more flexible blade like this. For an offensive player, speed is rarely an issue compared to control - and for a 5 ply wood this is decently fast, but the control is really the treasure here. If you've played on a stiff/hard/carbon blade before playing on a blade like this, you will understand the difference the blade makes in looping because of its control and dwell.
If you a are offensive wood blade looper looking for more "feeling" in a blade and also have some money to spare, I would recommend this.
BMX2 on 2/21/2018
Bought on the recommendation of my friend-no regrets.Best blade I have now.
1.Great feeling in the hands.This helps you with net play touch shot,helps to play the ball with the exact amount of spin and force.
2.Good speed-when you need -its fast.Slower than ALC Timo Boll.But still quite enough speed .
3.Great for looping/topspins and even pushes(chops) are very vicious and spinny.
4.Sound=lovely.People notice and its a joy to hit and kill the ball.
5.Weight is ideal.My set up is now 184 grams.Black(FH) rubber is DHS goldarc 8,BH(red) is bluestorm z2.
6.Handle is very slim...I had to wrap a grip tape on it...now its great....help in free wrist movement..I LIKE THE THIN HANDLE NOW.
7.Blocks are awesome,I can block the ball automatically....always on table...wow.
8.Loop drives are great too.
surge on 9/8/2016
I'm a recreational player who rediscovered TT more seriously after a long hiatus. I have now spent three years and a whole lot of money exploring various blades and rubber combinations that might suit my style and level as well as help me become a better player. For blades, the answer is crystal clear for me: Nittaku Acoustic. It is no secret that speed and control are somewhat mutually exclusive properties, but I think the Acoustic cheats a bit in this regard, because it has a lot more control than it's speed would predict. Perhaps it's because of the amazing feedback it gives. The main offensive blades I have used in comparison are Andro Tempertech All+ (OK, not literally an OFF blade) and Tibhar Stratus Powerwood. Initially, I really liked the Tempertech and bought three of them, but since buying the Acoustic, I can't put it down. The Acoustic has much less flex than the Tempertech All+ (predictably), but the control is as good and the quality of the feedback is just more confidence inspiring. In contrast, the SPW is a bit stiffer and faster than the Acoustic but has almost no feedback at all. It feels dead in comparison. I'm still trying out different rubber combinations, mostly on my Tempertech blades but finally decided to get a second Acoustic for those rubber experiments. The rubbers I initially used on my Acoustic were Mark V 1.5mm black (BH) and Xiom Omega V Europe 2 mm. This was very good but the Xiom was a bit too fast for me. I have switched to Mark V 1.8 mm red (BH) and Spinart 1.9 mm black (FH) and it's getting close to perfection. If you can afford an Acoustic, give it a try.
A word of caution about buying these blades online: buy from a reputable source only. There are many cheap Acoustics on sale from China on Ebay and I'm pretty sure most are fake, though hard to spot if you don't have a real one to compare. I know because it happened to me (though the Ebay seller in question was local).
Rivalta on 1/10/2018
I agree with all the above reviews, nittaku acoustic is the best control blade i ever tried. I feel like it became my hand, i can easily control where i want to place the ball. Its great for blocking and drive. Easy to loop the ball. The only downside is the price, but still its really worth it.