Grado Black Cartridge
Grado Quality Analog for a Song
The Grado Black features an elliptical diamond and a
three-piece OTL cantilever. The Prestige series of cartridges are
designed for high output and excellent stability under severe use. A
considerable tip mass reduction results in a frequency response to 50
kHz and beyond and tracking forces from 1-2 grams. Acclaimed by experts
as virtually the finest pickups in the world at their price. All Grado Prestige styli are user replaceable and normally in stock!
"This cartridge rose to the challenge with very little muddling of
detail. The Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab audiophile remastering of Sir
Georg Solti's 1978 Decca recording of Holst's 'The Planets' (MFSL
1-510)explores the full gamut of frequencies , dynamics and ambient
depth. The Grado brought out most of the tonal accuracy and excitement
and though I have heard it better reproduced, that was only with
cartridges costing about 10 times the price."
-- John Borwick, Gramaphone
Grado's Optimized Transmission Line (OTL) provides an
ideal transfer of the signal from point to point, e.g., stylus to
cantilever to magnet to coils, etc. This has been achieved by
eliminating resonance at each of these key junctions. The transmission
line cantilever consists of separate sections that are telescoped into
each other. All sections are made of different alloys, some sections
hollow, other sections solid. These sections are bonded together with
materials that act as dampers, and are coated with a black proprietary
material which controls and absorbs resonances that travel on the
surface of the cantilever (known as skin effects). The OTL
stylus/cantilever design will make your records sound quieter, improve
the height, width, and depth of the soundstage, and offer more detail
than previously obtainable.
The Pivoted Fixed Axial Cantilever Stylus-Generator is basically
quite simple. The 'OTL' cantilever shaft is brought to a fixed axial
pivot that supports the entire cantilever assembly. A miniature element
attached to the end of the cantilever is allowed to move freely within
the lines of flux of a stationary magnetand coil structure. This system
of support is mechanically more accurate (more linear) than conventional
'teeter-totter' designs that utilize an iron armature to balance the
mass of the cantilever. The teeter-totter design is supported in the
center with a rubber donut mounting. The fixed axial design has a very
low tip mass, which results in lower distortion, improved transient
response, and longer record life.
The Flux-Bridger Generator System design uses four separate
magnetic gaps that the miniature element of the cantilever bridges. The
miniature element moves between opposing flux gaps creating an increase
in flux in one gap while reducing it in the other. The four separate
magnetic gaps create a highly efficient and perfectly balanced system.
This design requires fewer coil turns than conventional designs. Fewer
coil turns allow Grado cartridges to have lower mass and lower
electrical inductance, making them insensitive to tone arm cable
capacitance. The four gap design is perfectly balanced and eliminates
magnetic residue which contributes to increasing distortion over longer
time periods. Grado cartridges reduce distortions that cause listener fatigue.
Each individual cartridge manufactured by Grado is hand
assembled and tested for frequency response, channel output, channel
balance, phase linearity, inductance and resistance. This meticulous
care in design and construction lavished on each Grado cartridge contributes to an unchallenged consistency of performance and guarantee of reliability.