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  • IROX Blue Cartridge IROX Blue Cartridge Quick View

    $999.99
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    IROX Blue Cartridge

    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    The IROX Blue cartridge is hand-made to extremely exacting specifications by the president and chief engineer of the Soundsmith, using carefully selected and precision processed magnetic
    materials. The unique design results in a virtually "indestructable cartridge, providing the listener with unparalleled performance through employing a tiny, ultra-low mass high-purity moving iron element. The IROX Blue cartridge differs primarily from other cartridges in that the moving mass has been reduced to an astonishing small level, with the stylus* and cantilever** using the best choices of material, shape and structure to achieve a level of durability heretofore not achievable.
    A key optimizing element in The IROX Blue is the use of a singlepiece, ultra low-mass moving iron, stylus and cantilever assembly. In a similar sense to a "moving coil" cartridge, it does not have user replaceable styli, as The IROX Blue is designed for optimal performance. The IROX Blue is a "moving iron" design, and is compatible only with standard "moving magnet" phono inputs. It does not require the use of a special "moving coil" input or moving coil preamp. Your production select cartridge is housed in an handmade composite body to enhance the performance.


    The Soundsmith has taken great care to manufacture this cartridge to exacting standards and performance. It should provide you with many years of fine listening from your treasured vinyl collection.


    Here is the micro-manufacturing reality:


    Although most entry level cartridges from all manufacturers are machine made, ours are hand made. Even so, the reality is that when you are manufacturing something so tiny, that has to perform so well, all of them are NOT the same. If you don't see this statement from other manufacturers, then this is a secret they don't want to share, and quite understandably so.


    So.....what does Soundsmith do??

    We carefully hand build each and every cartridge, test them, and keep accurate records by serial number of their performance. Those that meet or exceed specifications are sold. But, there are always a few that don't measure well. What do we do with them? We don't sell them. We break them down and re-use some parts that can be used again. Does this cost real money ? You bet. But what it does do is this.....the ones that DO pass our stringent testing out-perform many cartridges selling for two, three, four, or even five times the price. Are we unabashedly proud of our hand-made cartridges??


    YES.


    Some ask: Moving Iron Cartridges better?? I thought that moving COIL types are the best??


    Our cartridges overturn the myth that moving coil cartridges are the only path towards perfection. After all, what is the accepted "advantage" of moving coil cartridges? Low effective moving mass, right? Well, we've got less. Much less. And if you understand EFFECTIVE moving mass, Less IS more. Why is that good? Because when you lower the moving system mass, it's easier to control. If it's easier to control, the stylus can stay in better contact with the groove walls. That's good, because if you can't stay in contact with the groove walls, you can't hear what's on the record.

    Sound-Smith
    $999.99
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  • Ortofon 2M Red Phono Cartridge Ortofon 2M Red Phono Cartridge Quick View

    $100.00
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    Ortofon 2M Red Phono Cartridge

    Ortofon


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    ...One sophisticated and musical cartridge - for the price of a nice dinner for two.

    - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound


    2M are designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Our philosophy is to play the record sound as accurate as possible, without coloring the sound. We have optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, weight and size to fit the most common turntables at the market today.


    The name 2M was selected among several ideas. We wanted a modern name that would be easy to pronounce and to remember, and therefore an alpha numerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet.


    Of course the 2M isn't just another pretty face. It has been engineered to the highest standards and is congruent with the unrelenting commitment of Ortofon to provide the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without coloration.


    The 2M series of cartridges feature Ortofon's trademark split pole pins, an invention that enables moving magnet cartridges to have a flat frequency response, as with a moving coil cartridge. Split pole pins were invented by Ortofon, and were originally presented in the 500 series and Super OM series.


    The 2M Red uses an improved engine, which provides an increased output of 5.5mV.


    2M Red features a tipped elliptical diamond.

    Ortofon Cartridges
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  • Zephyr MIMC Star Cartridge Zephyr MIMC Star Cartridge Quick View

    $1,999.95
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    Zephyr MIMC Star Cartridge

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    Responding to the demand for a lower priced, low output design for those who own high gain preamps, the Soundsmith recently developed the Zephyr MIMC, which follows in the footsteps of the highly successful high-output Zephyr II. The handcrafted Zephyr MIMC (Moving Iron for Moving Coil Preamps) is based on the world-famous Sussurro cartridge and captures the gist of the latter's sonic signature at a much more reasonable price. The Zephyr MIMC has been specifically designed to complement both unipivot arms and gimbaled bearing arms. Its sonic attributes include evenly balanced frequency response, dynamic shadings and remarkable detail retrieval; its slam will leave even the most die-hard analog buffs.


    Phono Cartridge Rebuilding and Stylus Retipping Services Available - Please inquire.

    Sound-Smith
    $1,999.95
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  • Prestige Series DJ100i Cartridge Prestige Series DJ100i Cartridge Quick View

    $100.00
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    Prestige Series DJ100i Cartridge

    Grado Labs announces the release of their new DJ series of professional phono cartridge. Built and designed to meet the demanding needs of the professional DJ musician, these cartridges deliver performance never known before in the pro DJ market. The Grado specially engineered transmission line cantilever allows for the ideal transfer of music signal and for safe and effective stylus back-cueing. The DJ series can track from 2 to 5 grams, and delivers the warm musical Grado sound the audio industry has embraced and enjoyed for 50 years. The DJ series incorporates our newest Flux-Bridger generator systems for lower effective tip mass and lower electrical inductance. Each DJ series cartridge is hand assembled to Grado's high standards, which contributes to the unchallenged consistency of performance, and the Grado guarantee of reliability. The DJ series of cartridges are the most advanced phono pickups ever offered to the professional DJ market, without exception.


    The Prestige model DJ100 uses a three-piece OTL cantilever technology, oxygen free wire in the coils and a specially designed, high polished, diamond mounted in a brass bushing.


     


    Frequency Response: 10-50

    Principal: MI

    Channel Separation at 1KHz: 35

    Input Load: 47K

    Output at 1KHz 5CM/Sec.: 2-5

    Recommended Tracking Force: 30

    Stylus Type: Diamond

    Inductance: 45mH

    Resistance: 475

    Stylus Replacement F: U

    Mounting: S/P

    Weight: 5.5



    This product is not eligible for discount.

    Grado Cartridges
    $100.00
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  • VPI Voyager Phono Preamplifier VPI Voyager Phono Preamplifier Quick View

    $2,499.99
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    VPI Voyager Phono Preamplifier


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    The goal of the Voyager is to create an easy phono option for music lovers getting involved in the VPI line. Voyager has been designed using VPI turntables and is naturally synergistic with the line. In addition, the Voyager gives customers who might own a different turntable brand a chance to join the VPI family through our phono preamplifier.


    VPI's new Voyager phono preamplifier, the latest addition to the VPI product line, is a true high-performance design that provides both MM/MC gain and two input capability. With a front panel selection of inputs and MC/MM gain and loading, tonearm and cartridge swaps are easily accomplished.


    MM gain is 42db, loading 47K ohms; capacitive loading is selectable between 100pf, 200pf and 270pf.


    MC gain is 62db with loading selectable between 100, 500 and 1K ohms.


    Internal switching of gain and loading is accomplished using high reliability small signal relays.


    The Voyager faceplate is interchangeable and could be swapped down the road with different finishes.


    Circuit Overview:


    The Voyager utilizes a two stage design: a JFET-based input stage providing the interface with the cartridge, and the gain and drive for the 75 microseconds passive equalization network that follows it. The second stage provides an additional 24db of gain and provides active feedback for tracking the low frequency portion of the RIAA curve.
    Both stages are based on matched cascoded Linear Systems JFETS and are servo controlled. Cascode references are supplied by precision/ low noise reference devices.


    The power supplies are unity gain voltage reference designs for fast response and low noise.


    The circuit layout is a work of engineering art and the results of many years of study and experimentation.


    The Voyager presents a sense of purity and low level detail resolution that is highly musical. The design is intentionally symmetrical and single-ended.


    VPI Industries
    $2,499.99
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  • Prestige Series Red Cartridge Prestige Series Red Cartridge Quick View

    $170.00
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    Prestige Series Red Cartridge

    The Prestige (and upscale Reference) cartridges from Grado are the first released since the elder Grado's retirement, but they mark an evolution, not dramatic change, of the classic Grado style. There are three basic levels in the Prestige lineup: Black/Green, Blue/Red, and Silver/Gold. In each of these pairings, the latter model is the same as the former, but is able to meet more astringent test specifications. The Green, for instance, is taken from the top 15% of the Black models production.


    The newly redesigned Blue1 and Red1 have had their coil design reconfigured, and the effective moving mass of their generating system has been reduced by 17%. The Blue1 and Red1 models use a four piece OTL cantilever technology, standard oxygen free wire in the coils and Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted on a brass bushing. The Red1 model is selected from the Blue1 production run and meets higher test specifications. Approximately 10% of the production run will meet these standards and become Red1 models.


    There may be some recordable response differences between this cartridge and it's more expensive brethren, but it's difficult to imagine more pleasing and musical performance. The Grado Prestige Red is proof that one does not have to spend large amounts of money for good sound from a phono cartridge. More expensive cartridges may well provide incremental improvements in one or more areas, but the Grado performs at a level where such improvements will be small. I recommend that you consider this $ensible cartridge, as it is good value for the price.


    Frequency Response: 10-55

    Principal: MI

    Channel Separation at 1KHz: 30

    Input Load: 47K

    Output at 1KHz 5CM/Sec.: 5mV

    Recommended Tracking Force: 1.5

    Stylus Type: E

    Inductance: 45mH

    Resistance: 475

    Compliance CUs: 20

    Stylus Replacement F: U

    Mounting: S/P

    Weight: 5.5




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    Grado Cartridges
    $170.00
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  • Pro-Ject Phono Box MM Pro-Ject Phono Box MM Quick View

    $79.00
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    Pro-Ject Phono Box MM


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    For MM Cartridges


    MM Phono Rreamp


    Preamplifier for MM cartridges. Precise RIAA equalisation and Low noise floor. Output stage with ultra-low impedance with Gold-plated RCA socket.


    Pro-Ject
    $79.00
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  • Sumiko Oyster Cartridge Sumiko Oyster Cartridge Quick View

    $79.00
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    Sumiko Oyster Cartridge


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    Enclosed Architecture High Output MM Phono Cartridge


    Moving magnet, alloy cantilever, bonded spherical stylus, and 4.0-mV output.


    Sumiko
    $79.00
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  • Hyperion CL Cartridge Hyperion CL Cartridge Quick View

    $7,999.00
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    Hyperion CL Cartridge

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    Further inspired by Frank Schröder, designed by Peter Ledermann... Soundsmith's NEW top of the line moving
    Iron cartridge ~ The Hyperion ~ The laws of physics dictate how moving systems operate, therefore cartridges must strictly adhere to first principles to get sublime results. In accord with these laws, the Hyperion's Cactus needle Cantilever has the best of all worlds - thanks to Mother Nature. Other Cantilevers are synthesized -
    we GROW these.


    Superior cantilever designs have always employed tapered cantilevers - Hard to do with aluminum, and all but impossible with the super hard and durable materials, such as boron, ruby or diamond. Cantilevers must also have dualistic qualities that are mutually exclusive; both stiffness and damping are required.


    The tapered, longitudinal stacked columnar fibers, stacked and damped with desicated resin are exactly what one would build if one could - fortunately "nature" has done it for us. The best of both worlds - extreme rigidity, internal damping, and tremendous strength define what we feel is the best cantilever that can be built. Used in conjunction with our most highly refined Moving Iron cartridge design, the Hyperion has realized our hope - to further resolve our enjoyment of vinyl replay. Our moving iron design allows the required stationary magnetic parts to be rigidly held in exact position at all times thereby allowing dramatic reduction of the moving mass in the generating system. Our fully shielded design allows totally hum free operation, RF shielding, and extreme mechanical stability.


    MC Preamp compatible - loading 1K or greater

    Ultra low effective moving mass resulting in superlative transient and micro detail performance

    Precision formed Cactus Needle Cantilever (Patents Pending)

    Available with Selected Contact Line or Optimized Contour Nude diamond styli

    Composite body featuring impedance matched energy transmission system


    The Hyperion makes it possible to enjoy the virtues of our low effective moving mass architecture with the finest step ups and phono preamps. (Patents Pending)


    Phono Cartridge Rebuilding and Stylus Retipping Services Available - Please inquire.

    Sound-Smith
    $7,999.00
    Hyperion CL Cartridge Buy Now
  • Tube Phono Amplifier By Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Amplifier By Bellari VP130 Quick View

    $275.00
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    Tube Phono Amplifier By Bellari VP130


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    It was quiet, and golden-sweet and liquid in the midrange, as you'd expect from a 12AX7-based phono preamp.

    - Michael Fremer, Stereophile


    The vp130 is a tube phono preamp with a built in headphone amplifier for use with moving magnet and high output moving coil cartridges. The vp130 is designed to amplify an RIAA equalized phono signal to a hi level signal. Since the unit utilizes tube circuitry the resulting output signal is more warm and musical than solid state preamplifiers. The real kicker aside from the price and stellar sound is that it's manufactured in the US.


    Music Hall
    $275.00
    Bellari VP 130 Phono Amp Buy Now
  • Thorens TD 170 EV Turntable - Black Thorens TD 170 EV Turntable - Black Quick View

    $699.00
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    Thorens TD 170 EV Turntable - Black


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    Built in phono preamp (TD 170-1 phono)


    Plays 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM records!


    Not just for beginners


    The well crafted, fully automatic TD 170-1 comes equipped with three speeds so it can also play shellac records at 78 rpm (the special stylus/cartridge required is available separately). Owing to its truly easy operation, you can start playing your records right away without having to waste time with finicky alignment work. The fun with analogue music starts here!


    Thorens Turntables
    $699.00
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  • Ortofon 2M Blue Phono Cartridge Ortofon 2M Blue Phono Cartridge Quick View

    $236.00
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    Ortofon 2M Blue Phono Cartridge

    Ortofon


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    In a nutshell then, the new Ortofon 2M Blue and Red moving magnet cartridges offer a thoroughly modern sound that suits today's albums. Both are highly revealing and an engaging listen that is nothing other than very impressive at the price.

    - Hifi World Review


    2M are designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Our philosophy is to play the record sound as accurate as possible, without coloring the sound. We have optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, weight and size to fit the most common turntables at the market today.


    The name 2M was selected among several ideas. We wanted a modern name that would be easy to pronounce and to remember, and therefore an alpha numerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet.


    Of course the 2M isn't just another pretty face. It has been engineered to the highest standards and is congruent with the unrelenting commitment of Ortofon to provide the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without coloration.


    The 2M series of cartridges feature Ortofon's trademark split pole pins, an invention that enables moving magnet cartridges to have a flat frequency response, as with a moving coil cartridge. Split pole pins were invented by Ortofon, and were originally presented in the 500 series and Super OM series.


    The 2M Blue uses an improved engine, which provides an increased output of 5.5mV.


    2M Blue features a Nude elliptical diamond.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $236.00
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  • Prestige Series DJ200i Cartridge Prestige Series DJ200i Cartridge Quick View

    $150.00
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    Prestige Series DJ200i Cartridge

    Grado Labs announces the release of their new DJ series of professional phono cartridge. Built and designed to meet the demanding needs of the professional DJ musician, these cartridges deliver performance never known before in the pro DJ market. The Grado specially engineered transmission line cantilever allows for the ideal transfer of music signal and for safe and effective stylus back-cueing. The DJ series can track from 2 to 5 grams, and delivers the warm musical Grado sound the audio industry has embraced and enjoyed for 50 years. The DJ series incorporates our newest Flux-Bridger generator systems for lower effective tip mass and lower electrical inductance. Each DJ series cartridge is hand assembled to Grado's high standards, which contributes to the unchallenged consistency of performance, and the Grado guarantee of reliability. The DJ series of cartridges are the most advanced phono pickups ever offered to the professional DJ market, without exception.


    The Prestige model DJ200 uses a modified four piece OTL cantilever technology, oxygen free wire in the coils and a specially designed, high polished, diamond mounted in a brass bushing.


     


    Frequency Response: 10-50

    Principal: MI

    Channel Separation at 1KHz: 35

    Input Load: 47K

    Output at 1KHz 5CM/Sec.: 2-5

    Recommended Tracking Force: 30

    Stylus Type: Diamond

    Inductance: 45mH

    Resistance: 475

    Stylus Replacement F: U

    Mounting: S/P

    Weight: 5.5



    This product is not eligible for discount.

    Grado Cartridges
    $150.00
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  • Sumiko Blue Point No. 2 Cartridge Sumiko Blue Point No. 2 Cartridge Quick View

    $449.00
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    Sumiko Blue Point No. 2 Cartridge


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    Enclosed Architecture High Output MC Phono Cartridge


    Offering exceptional performance and musicality at an affordable price the latest generation Blue Point No. 2 sets a new standard in its price class.
    Moving coil design, high output, 2.5-mV, alloy cantilever, Blue Point-cut elliptical diamond stylus, and standard 1/2 mounting.


    Moving Coil Cartridge Trade-In Program


    Sumiko offers the service of trading in worn or damaged Sumiko moving coil cartridges toward a new unit at a
    lower price. We have never "retipped" a cartridge as the word implies; Sumiko has always replaced a cartridge trade-in with a new unit. Please contact our audio advisor for more information.


    Sumiko
    $449.00
    Enclosed Architecture High Output MC Phono Cartridge Buy Now
  • Ortofon 2M Black Phono Cartridge Ortofon 2M Black Phono Cartridge Quick View

    $755.00
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    Ortofon 2M Black Phono Cartridge

    Stereophile


    Product Editors Absolute Absolute Ortofon


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    The Ortofon 2M Black is quite possibly the best moving magnet cartridge on the planet. With a nude Shibata diamond, it retrieves information from the groove effortlessly and flawlessly. The 2M Black is easy to recommend for music lovers of all types.

    - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound


    2M are designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Our philosophy is to play the record sound as accurate as possible, without coloring the sound. We have optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, weight and size to fit the most common turntables at the market today.


    The name 2M was selected among several ideas. We wanted a modern name that would be easy to pronounce and to remember, and therefore an alpha numerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet.


    The 2M Black is the new moving magnet flagship from Ortofon. The 2M black is graced with a Shibata diamond stylus - the same diamond as on the acclaimed MC Jubilee. Its slim, highly polished profile allows an exceedingly wide contact area to the groove walls and ensures notably detailed reproduction throughout the spectrum, including even the most high frequency groove information. Users of the 2M Black will enjoy the benefit of impeccable sound quality, along with reduced record & stylus wear and reduced distortion and phase error as a result of the diamond's improved tracking geometry.


    The cartridge body used for the 2M Black is manufactured from a newly-developed Lexan DMX Piano Black, a revolutionary material which ensures high rigidity while eliminating unwanted resonances. The 2M Black uses a special upgraded engine, featuring split pole pins with a silver plated copper wire.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $755.00
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  • Ortofon 2M 78 Phono Cartridge Ortofon 2M 78 Phono Cartridge Quick View

    $125.00
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    Ortofon 2M 78 Phono Cartridge

    Ortofon


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    Spherical 65um Diamond, true mono, for 78s


    The 2M 78 Series - the true MONO from Ortofon!


    2M are designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Our philosophy is to play the record sound as accurate as possible, without coloring the sound. We have optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, weight and size to fit the most common turntables at the market today.


    The name 2M was selected among several ideas. We wanted a modern name that would be easy to pronounce and to remember, and therefore an alpha numerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet.


    Of course the 2M isn't just another pretty face. It has been engineered to the highest standards and is congruent with the unrelenting commitment of Ortofon to provide the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without coloration.


    The 2M series of cartridges feature Ortofon's trademark split pole pins, an invention that enables moving magnet cartridges to have a flat frequency response, as with a moving coil cartridge. Split pole pins were invented by Ortofon, and were originally presented in the 500 series and Super OM series.


    The 2M 78 features a 65um diamond for playback of 78rpm records, and a true-mono engine.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $125.00
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  • Ortofon OM-5E Phono Cartridge Ortofon OM-5E Phono Cartridge Quick View

    $70.00
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    Ortofon OM-5E Phono Cartridge

    Ortofon


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    The OM 5E is a magnetic cartridge (MM) with an elliptical shaped stylus that provides balanced and distortion-free playback for general purpose applications.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $70.00
    Cartridge
  • Ortofon 2M Bronze Phono Cartridge Ortofon 2M Bronze Phono Cartridge Quick View

    $440.00
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    Ortofon 2M Bronze Phono Cartridge

    Product Ortofon


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    2M are designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Our philosophy is to play the record sound as accurate as possible, without coloring the sound. We have optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, weight and size to fit the most common turntables at the market today.


    The name 2M was selected among several ideas. We wanted a modern name that would be easy to pronounce and to remember, and therefore an alpha numerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet.


    The 2M Bronze features a nude Fine Line diamond stylus, which is particularly suited for demanding applications. The slim profile of the Fine Line stylus will track even the highest frequency information, making it a must for discerning listeners. Additionally, its larger footprint ensures reduced distortion and record wear.


    The cartridge body used for the 2M Bronze is manufactured from a newly-developed Lexan DMX Piano Black, a revolutionary material which ensures high rigidity while eliminating unwanted resonances. The 2M Bronze uses a special upgraded engine, featuring split pole pins with a silver plated copper wire.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $440.00
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  • Carmen Cartridge Carmen Cartridge Quick View

    $999.99
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    Carmen Cartridge

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    The Carmen cartridge by The Soundsmith (formerly SMMC3) has received numerous kudo's and accolades.....we love to produce this cartridge and receive Email responses about how much real music we have brought into the homes of Carmen owners. We built it with care, and ship it to you mounted in a hand finished Ebony mount.


    Here is the micro-manufacturing reality:


    All top end cartridges from all manufacturers are hand made. The real issue is that when you are manufacturing something so tiny, that has to perform so well, that all of them are NOT the same. If you don't see this statement from other manufacturers, then this is a secret they don't want to share, and quite understandably so.


    So... what does Soundsmith do??


    We carefully hand build each and every cartridge, test them, and keep accurate records by serial number of their performance. Those that meet or exceed specifications are sold. But, there are always a few that don't measure well. What do we do with them? We don't sell them. We break them down and re-use some parts that can be used again. Does this cost real money ? You bet. But what it does do is this.....the ones that DO pass our stringent testing out-perform many cartridges selling for two, three, four, or even five times the price. Are we unabashedly proud of our hand-made cartridges??


    YES. Some ask: Moving Iron Cartridges better?? I thought that moving COIL types are the best??


    Our cartridges overturn the myth that moving coil cartridges are the only path towards perfection. After all, what is the accepted "advantage" of moving coil cartridges? Low effective moving mass, right? Well, we've got less. Much less. And if you understand EFFECTIVE moving mass, Less IS more. Why is that good? Because when you lower the moving system mass, it's easier to control. If it's easier to control, the stylus can stay in better contact with the groove walls. That's good, because if you can't stay in contact with the groove walls, you can't hear what's on the record.


    Is a high gain moving coil preamp required? No. Aida" is designed to be used with a Moving Magnet preamp. No step-up transformers. No finicky multi-stage ultra high gain preamp required. Less is more here, too.


    Once you've heard your new Carmen cartridge, you'll never go back. The price?? Oh yes, "less is more" applies here too $800.00


    Phono Cartridge Rebuilding and Stylus Retipping Services Available - Please inquire.

    Sound-Smith
    $999.99
    Carmen Cartridge Buy Now
  • CineMag 1131 SUT (RCA, 1:20/1:40 Switchable Gain) CineMag 1131 SUT (RCA, 1:20/1:40 Switchable Gain) Quick View

    $1,195.00
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    CineMag 1131 SUT (RCA, 1:20/1:40 Switchable Gain)

    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Ultra High quality laminations, lower inductance and superior sound. These transformers were especially designed and tested with several low-output moving coil cartridges. These are very difficult transformers to construct and require a precision manufacturing process that can only be done by David Geren at CineMag.


    Includes premium construction with C&K Brand Silver contact toggle switches, and Deluxe Gold Plated RCA jacks.


    These specially designed transformers are wired to connect a moving coil cartridge (on a turntable) to a phono preamplifier, phono input of a receiver, or your preamp's phono input.


    Switchable for 1:20 (26 dB gain) or 1:40 (32 dB gain).


    Into a standard 47k phono preamp, the effective input impedance of the low gain (1:20 ratio) is 118 ohms. At 1:40, the effective input impedance is 29 ohms.


    The 1:40 ratio is perfect for those extremely low output cartridges including some by Audio Notes and Ortofon SPU.


    This item is not eligible for discount.

    Bob's Devices
    $1,195.00
    CineMag 1131 Step Up Transformer (RCA, 1:20/1:40 Switchable Gain) Buy Now
  • Cartridge Break-In Test Record Cartridge Break-In Test Record Quick View

    $80.00
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    Cartridge Break-In Test Record

    Multiple endless grooves of pink noise for cartridge break-in and other tracks for cartridge set-up


    Phono cartridges usually need a running-in period to reach their full potential. This can take anything from 40 to 100 hours, depending upon the manufacturer, design and construction of the phono cartridge.


    This Clearaudio Cartridge Break-In Record is a unique too. Playing an endless groove cut with pink noise significantly reduces the length of the break-in period.


    Six continuous pink noise tracks are provided at various positions on the record (track numbers are 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11).


    To enable frequency response measurement of the phono cartridge, track 3 comprises a sine-wave frequency sweep from 20 Hz to 20 kHz.


    There are two separate 240-second tracks containing a pink noise signal for measuring and testing the set-up of the whole system.


    Tracks 4 and 13 are recorded with no signal to test the noise floor of the entire hi-fi system.


    Finally, tracks 8 and 12 contain a special signal to optimise and adjust the anti-skating force. Both channels are recorded with a 316 Hz sine-wave with continually changing phase difference from 0 to 360 deg, so that the stylus movement repeatedly changes from lateral to vertical and back again. The signal level changes accordingly from -22 dB to +8 dB, corresponding to a maximum velocity of 9.81 cm/s or a maximum displacement of 50 lm, horizontally or vertically.

    1. No Signal - Concentric groove for eccentricity check
    2. 1 kHz - starting signal
    3. Sweep - frequency response check: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    4. No Signal - total system noise check
    5. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    6. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    7. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    8. 316 Hz (0 to 360) - Anti-skating check
    9. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    10. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    11. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    12. 316 Hz (0 to 360) - Anti-skating check
    13. No Signal - total system noise check
    14. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    15. No Signal - Concentric groove for eccentricity check
    Clearaudio Accessories
    $80.00
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Statement Series The Statement 2 Cartridge Statement Series The Statement 2 Cartridge Quick View

    $3,500.00
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    Statement Series The Statement 2 Cartridge

    1 mV Output


    GRADO RE-MAKES THEIR STATEMENT! After years of careful thought and painstaking design Grado is very pleased to offer their upgraded flagship phono cartridge. We are so proud of this cartridge and believe that it has so much to say about Grado technology, that it was named the GRADO STATEMENT. The STATEMENT utilizes reconfigured gold coil wires, a lower mass faster generating system, a boron cantilever and a diamond cut specially for Grado. All this is hand-assembled within a machined, new processed, Australian Jarrah wood housing. The output for the STATEMENT1 measures at 1 mV. The lowest output ever offered by Grado. The low frequency information and its portrayal of bass dynamics are solid, powerful and authoritative. The midrange is rich, complex and highly believable. Its top-end seems to extend forever with speed and remarkable delicacy. Imaging is detailed and precise with a sound stage that wraps its arms around you and draws you into the music. Michael Fremer commented in his Analog Corner, "It is among the finest cartridges I've ever heard at any price", Stereophile 3/99, pg. 41. While Jonathan Valin stated, "I'm going to keep the Statement in my reference system" The Absolute Sound, Issue 118. Anyone who was impressed with our previous top-of-the-line effort, the Grado REFERENCE, will have their eyes opened wide after listening to the GRADO STATEMENT1!


    "I'm having way too much fun listening to my best LPs to worry about the technical stuff. You have to listen to music sometime, and the Grado Statement 1 has transported me to phono Shangri La. If you can scrape together the dough or even if cost is no object, buy the Grado Statement 1 and don't look back. It will redefine your analog experience and is a world beater design. Moving coils move over, there's a new kid in town. The Grado Statement is state of the art and most highly recommended. Way to go Grado!"

    - Positive Feedback / Robert H. Levi


    "The Statement consistently did a fine job of reproducing detail, and it was able to do so during both loud and complex passages."

    - Ultimate Audio / Jack English Vol.4, No.1


     


    Frequency Response: 8-70

    Principal: MI

    Channel Separation at 1KHz: 45

    Input Load: 47K

    Output at 1KHz 5CM/Sec.: 1 mV

    Recommended Tracking Force: 1.5-1.9g

    Inductance: 30mH

    Resistance: 72Ohms

    Compliance CUs:20

    Weight: 10 g



    This product is not eligible for discount.

    Grado Cartridges
    $3,500.00
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  • Sumiko Pearl Cartridge Sumiko Pearl Cartridge Quick View

    $119.00
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    Sumiko Pearl Cartridge


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Enclosed Architecture High Output MM Phono Cartridge


    Moving magnet, alloy cantilever, bonded elliptical stylus, and 4.0-mV output.


    Sumiko
    $119.00
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  • Reference Series Platinum Cartridge Reference Series Platinum Cartridge Quick View

    $350.00
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    Reference Series Platinum Cartridge

    4.8mV Output

    The newly redesigned Platinum and Sonata have had their coil design reconfigured, and the effective moving mass of their generating system has been reduced by 17%. All this is hand-assembled within a machined, new processed, Australian Jarrah wood housing. The Platinum and Sonata models use a modified four piece OTL cantilever technology achieving a 10% tip mass reduction over the Prestige series and ultra-high purity long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper wire in the coils. The Platinum model uses Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted on a brass bushing, and the Sonata model uses Grado's specially designed nude elliptical diamond.


    "Let me say straight out: like the Maggie 1.6QRs or the Goldman SRA, the Grado Platinum is one of those incredible bargains that doesn't just give you a "taste" of high fidelity but pretty much the whole enchilada for the price of, er, a whole enchilada."

    - Fi magazine / Jonathan Valin Vol.3, No.11


    "A prime advantage/disadvantage of phono reproduction is that every cartridge sounds different. Choosing one is like selecting wine, a process easy to get lost in. But if the cartridge is good enough, like Grado's Platinum, you'll get lost in the music."

    - Audio / Ivan Berger Vol.82, No. 2



    Frequency Response: 10-60

    Principal: MI

    Channel Separation at 1KHz: 40

    Input Load: 47K

    Output at 1KHz 5CM/Sec.: 4.8mV

    Recommended Tracking Force: 1.5-1.9g

    Inductance: 40mH

    Resistance: 600 Ohms

    Weight: 10 g


    This product is not eligible for discount.

    Grado Cartridges
    $350.00
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