Grado Reference Platinum 1 Cartridge
A Music Lover's Dream Come True
The Platinum1 has a rich, musical sound, with Grado’s signature deep, tight bass. This cartridge has a fuller sound than others at this price and is a perfect choice for those with solid-state electronics.
The newly redesigned Platinum1 has had the coil design reconfigured reducing the effective moving mass of the generating system by 17%. Hand-assembled within a machined, Australian Jarrah wood housing. The Platinum1 uses a modified four piece OTL cantilever technology achieving a 10% tip mass reduction over the Prestige series and ultra-high purity long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper wire in the coils. The Platinum uses Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted on a brass bushing.
"John Grado has succeeded in extending his Uncle Joe's Legacy:
high-quality analog reproduction for little money. At [this price], the
Reference Platinum cartridge is a fine evolutionary improvement on the
classic Grado Signature 8 series, and is an extraordinary value for
entry-level audiophiles. In fact, with so much new vinyl available
today, a CD - only audiophile should consider taking the vinyl plunge by
getting together a phono front-end like the Grado/Rega/Creek. It would
be money well spent."
-- Robert J. Reina, Stereophile
"After only six or eight hours of breaking in, the Platinum opened up and
was quite lovely...it sounded damn
nice. This is not only a likable cartridge, but quite an elegant one.
Acoustic jazz, classical, rock, electronic -- all felt natural and
balanced. The Platinum is punchy and ballsy where it needs to be...fast and exciting."
-- Jeffrey Silverstein, Positive Feedback