Dynavector - Te Kaitora Rua MC Phono Cartridge
Category: Analog Gear, Phono Cartridges, Moving Coil, Low Output (0.5mV and Below).
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Dynavector Te Kaitora Rua MC Phono Cartridge
The Te Kaitora Rua is One of Our Favorite MC Cartridges
A joint venture between Dynavector Japan and Dynavector New Zealand, in the language of the New Zealand Maori people, Te Kaitora means “The Discoverer.” Listening to this cartridge has caused us many sleepless nights, as we discover our record collections anew. The Te Kaitora Rua uncovers tremendous amounts of detail other cartridges simply cannot. Fast, open, and honest with a silky smooth top end, the Te Kaitora Rua possesses the perfect combination of detail and musicality. A slightly heavier than average cartridge at 8.8Gms, the Te Kaitora Rua is a medium compliance cartridge with a fairly low output of 0.25mV. This makes the Te Kaitora Rua compatible with the vast majority of good tonearms and turntables, but its low output will require a high quality MC phono preamp capable of 60+ dB of gain.
The Te Kaitora Rua has two features which help eliminate distortion. The first is readily visible on the front pole-piece, Dynavector's flux damper. Combined with the ferrous metal strips positioned around the cartridge, these two features eliminate the distortion caused by excess magnetic flux produced by the high energy Alnico magnets used in the Te Kaitora Rua, without affecting its performance or sonic character.
Type: Low output moving coil cartridge with flux damper and softened magnetism
Output: 0.25mV ( at 1KHz, 5cm/sec)
Frequency response: 20-50,000Hz 20-20,000Hz ± 1dB
Channel balance: 1dB ( at 1KHz)
Channel separation: 30dB ( at 1KHz)
Impedance: R=4 ohms, L=10 microH
Compliance: 10 x 10-6 cm/dyne
Stylus: Line contact PF
Cantilever: 0.3mm diameter solid boron
Coils: Copper wire
Head Frame: Titanium
Weight: 8.8 grams
Tracking force: 1.8 - 2.2 grams
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