Brand: Grado Labs

Grado - Timbre Series Opus3 MI Phono Cartridge

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Grado - Timbre Series Opus3 MI Phono Cartridge

Price $300.00
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Spectacular Sound at a Terrific Price: Grado Opus3 Moving-Iron Phono Cartridge Stands Alone

Bringing extreme levels of clarity over the full frequency range, the Opus3 bridges together entry-level and mid-range. The Opus3 is the easiest way to experience the glorious sound of Grado wooden cartridges. And like all Music Direct products, the Grado Timbre Series Opus3 Moving-Iron Phono Cartridge comes with the 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee.

"When the Opus3 settles in the groove and a rush of music pours forth, there’s an overriding sense that everything is right with the analog world. From a company known for exceptional performance and value, the Grado Opus3 resets the bar. Pure and simple, a celebration of LP playback."
– Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound

Bridging the Gap
The Opus3 was built specifically to bring the entry-level and the mid-range phono cartridges closer together, creating an even tighter ecosystem of cartridges. We worked on the Opus3 knowing we wanted to have a cost-effective wooden cartridge while at the same time taking advantage of the techniques and processes used in the higher-end models.If taking a step up in your turntable setup is on your to-do list, start here.

First of its Kind
When it comes to the Opus3, there are a few "firsts". This is the first cartridge built with a maple wood housing, as well as the first to use what we learned with our high-end cartridges at such an entry-level price. The housing is a new shape but still keeps the wood working in tandem with the cartridge inside. This is also the first cartridge built specifically with the Timbre Series in mind.

Extreme Precision
Grado has combined newly developed coil winding techniques with decades-old disciplines. A new two-step shielding process brings not only exact unison between the four coils but an unobstructed path for a cleaner signal. The music is allowed to travel undistorted through the coils, greatly reducing mechanical noise. There is an extreme clarity over the full frequency range, with absolutely no stridency or shrillness. Precisely hand tipped with a diamond, a great amount of care go into each cartridge we build.

Built from Maple
The Opus3 is nestled inside a maple housing, something a cartridge has never done before. After years of working with maple from our Heritage and Statement Series headphones, we knew it was time to bring it to a turntable. Maple produces a vibrant and luscious sound, while staying consistent and clear. Through a variation of thermal aging processes, the housing gains the ability to better dampen and control the resonant frequencies.

Hand-Assembled in Brooklyn
Each Opus3 is hand-assembled in Brooklyn. Fine tuned for everything from entry-level turntables up to the highest-end stereo systems, the solid mass of the wood helps keep the Opus3 steady and producing the Grado signature sound. Grado started building cartridges on a kitchen table in 1953, and every experience since then has led to the creation of the Opus3.

Body: Maple Wood
Cantilever: Aluminum / Elliptical Diamond
   High: 4.0mV @5 CMV (45)
   Low: 1.0mV @5 CMV (45)
   High Output: 55mH
   Low Output: 6mH
   High Output: 660 ohms
   Low Output: 70 ohms
Input Load: 10k-47k ohms
Cartridge Weight: 8 grams
Tracking Force: 1.6-1.9 grams
Compliance: 20μm/mN
Channel Separation: Average 30db - 10-30k Hz
Controlled Frequency Response: 10-60 kHz
Non-Sensitive to Capacitive Load
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