Dynavector 10x5 Mk2 MC Phono Cartridge: High Output, Stellar Tracking, and Inspiring Sound Amount to Entry-Level High-End Analog at Its Finest
It's doubtful we have recommended any entry-level high-end moving-coil phono cartridge more in the past decade than the Stereophile Class C Recommended Dynavector 10x5. And given the improved 10x5 Mk2 version boasts significant enhancements to the coils, cantilever material, and stylus profile, it's doubtful that trend will change anytime soon.
Championed by analog lovers across the globe, the high-output 2.8mV design features a threaded-alloy head block for extra rigidity and simple installation. Powerful neodymium magnets provide awe-inspiring clarity and tremendous dynamics. Dynavector's patented Magnetic Flux Damping, Softened Magnetism technology further contributes to the smooth treble response for which the company's cartridges are renowned. The 10x5 Mk2 also touts an improved stylus assembly with the nude diamond Shibata III line-contact stylus as well as harder cantilever material. Such developments ensure secure tracking over even torturous LP grooves while still achieving extended high-frequency performance.
Handmade in Japan and able to gel with practically any turntable you can find, 10x5 Mk2 gets countless crucial details just right and, just as importantly, does not require a step-up device. Stellar inner-detail resolution, investigative-like information retrieval, relaxed balance, accurate timing, and front-to-back soundstaging abilities bring you face-to-face with your music. No wonder this Hall of Fame worthy design has been in constant production for four decades and counting. Hear why for yourself and step up your analog experience today.
“This colorful, well-balanced, chunky-sounding cartridge played music extremely well, with a bonus of very fine stereo imaging.”
—Art Dudley, Stereophile, Class C Recommended Component
Improved Coil Winding Results in Reduced Impedance
The legendary Dynavector coil winding technology, using the finest of wire, enables 10X5 Mk2 to minutely increase the coil windings and achieve a reduction in impedance to 150 ohms whilst retaining a healthy 2.8mV output.
Output Voltage: 2.8mV (at 1KHz, 5cm/sec.)
Channel Separation: 25 dB (at 1KHz)
Channel balance: 1.0 dB (at 1KHz)
Frequency response: 20 - 20,000Hz (± 2dB)
Compliance: 12 mm/N
Tracking force: 1.8g - 2.2g
DC resistance: R=150 ohms
Recommended load impedance: >1K ohms
Cantilever: 6mm length aluminum pipe
Stylus: Nude Diamond "Shibata III" Line Contact