Thoroughly Charismatic Performance: Flagship Clearaudio Charisma V2 MM Phono Cartridge Features Beguiling Dynamics and Channel Separation, Mates to Even Less-Sensitive Phono Preamps
Indisputably charismatic: Charisma V2, the new flagship of Clearaudio's MM phono cartridge line, resets the limits on what's possible from a moving-magnet design at its price point. World-famous for its MC cartridges, Clearaudio spent years refining the build and perfecting the engineering for a phono cartridge intended to be among the finest of its kind. Nothing else was acceptable. To achieve that goal, Clearaudio appropriated the diamond-coated boron cantilever used in its internationally acclaimed Goldfinger Statement MC cartridge. The German analog experts then mounted a double-polished diamond stylus on said cantilever, and used hand-selected ebony wood to handcraft the cartridge body. A precious metal-bearing inlay rounds out the highest-grade materials.
What truly matters, as all discerning audiophiles realize, is the performance. Taking its position as a reference instrument in its class, The Absolute Sound Golden Ear Award-winning Charisma V2 honors its name, offering reference-level output (3.6mV) that permits it to effortlessly mate with even less-sensitive phono preamplifiers. Charisma V2's beguiling dynamic range is matched only by its benchmark channel separation. Playing back vinyl, Charisma V2 helps turn LPs into something much more than pieces of wax. Records become the equivalent of private concerts. Such is the level of imaging, balance, detail, body, tonality, presence, soundstaging, and pacing achieved during playback. Charisma V2's tracking abilities are equally proficient. If the information is in the grooves, Charisma V2 will mine and present it with stunning realism. Call it analog at its most magnetic, personable, and charismatic.
"Clearaudio’s Charisma V2 is so good at its task; if you didn’t know it, you might think it was an MC. But thanks to a 3.6mv output, and 47k loading requirement, it will mate well with nearly any phonostage you might have on hand."
“It offers a full palette of timbral vibrancy and complexity, the classic midrange heft and bloom that I desire, and the dynamic electricity and top-end sweetness I demand.”
—Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, 2018 Golden Ear Award