Battery-Operated Device Restores Moving-Coil Phono Cartridges to Full Health: Hear Improved Dynamics, Soundstages, Tones, and Nuances with the Aesthetix ABCD-1 Cartridge Demagnetizer
The Aesthetix ABCD-1 cartridge demagnetizer restores MC phono cartridges to full health, rejuvenating dynamics, nuances, and soundstaging. Just plug your tonearm's RCA connectors into this battery-connected device every week or two. In practical terms, ABCD-1 neutralizes the unwanted magnetic charge inside the moving-coil generating system, restoring full performance in a matter of minutes. Essential for all MC cartridge users!
Please note: ABCD-1 cannot be used on MM cartridges.
"Used every two weeks or so, the ABCD-1 will restore tone colors and soundstage clarity."
– The Absolute Sound, Editors' Choice Award
"I used the Aesthetix [ABCD-1] MC demagnetizer throughout the listening session. Like other well-designed cartridge demagnetizing devices, it ramps up, holds, and then ramps down a low-distortion, high-energy sinewave. It's very reasonably priced and works as well as more expensive models!"
– Michael Fremer, Stereophile
How ABCD-1 Works
To better understand how ABCD-1 works, remember that a moving-coil phono cartridge is basically a coil of wire wound around a piece of iron (or ferrous material) suspended within a magnetic field. This electrical generator is activated by the phono stylus in the record groove, moving the wire coil and thus generating a signal to be amplified and reproduced by your loudspeakers. Think back to a simple science experiment placing a pin against a strong magnet for a few minutes. Afterwards, the pin, which is made of ferrous material, becomes magnetized enough to attract another pin. Today's best moving-coil phono cartridges use very strong magnets such as neodymium and samarium cobalt. When the moving coil absorbs some of the magnet's charge, the sound becomes murky and less defined. This is because the magnetized coil does not generate as great a variation as it moves within the magnetic field of the phono cartridge. The Aesthetix neutralizes the unwanted magnetic charge of the moving coil, restoring full performance in a matter of minutes.