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GRADO LABS Grado - Reference Sonata 1 Cartridge

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Grado Reference Sonata 1 Cartridge

Make Your System Sing 

Grado's Sonata is a perennial Stereophile favorite and one of our best selling Grado cartridges. The Sonata1 has a full rich sound, with a glorious midrange presence other cartridges can't match. Bass is taut and deep and the Sonata1 has a silky top end that seduces you into listening for hours at a time.

The newly redesigned Sonata1 has a reconfigured coil design reducing the effective moving mass of the generating system by 17%. Hand-assembled within a machined, Australian Jarrah wood housing. The Sonata1 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 Sonata1 uses Grado's specially designed nude elliptical diamond mounted.

"The Sonata did not suffer from...problems of high-level congestion and tension. In audition, it was even less veiled and more extended in the high frequencies, with improved resolution of inner detail and, overall, a more refined presentation...Heifetz's tone on the Sibelius Violin Concerto (RCA LSC-2435) was sweet, searing, yet silky--the finest string tone I've heard from Grado - and the bass/drum/bass synthesizer duet on Jeff Beck's "Beyond The Veil" (Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop, Epic OC 44313) was tight, clean, and dynamic - the best I've ever from any cartridge...No cartridge reproduces a female voice better than this."
-- Robert J. Reina, Stereophile

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Frequency Response: 10Hz - 60kHz
Principal: MI
Channel Separation at 1KHz: 40dB
Input Load: 47K
Output: 5.0mV
Recommended Tracking Force: 1.5Gms
Stylus Type: Elliptical
Inductance: 45mH
Resistance: 475Ω
Compliance CUs: 20
Stylus Replacement: Factory
Mounting: Standard
Weight: 6.5g
Warranty: 1 year

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