Grado Statement 2 MC Phono Cartridge
Grado's Statement Series models have received their biggest update in 20 years. Everything is new, inside and out. Seriously. Everything. Magnets and coils. Wood chassis and engravings. Even the stylus generator rings for lower moving mass. Hear the difference!
All Statement Series2 cartridges offer a low mass generating system, and a diamond cut specially for Grado. In addition the Reference2 and Master2 are installed with a boron cantilever. All this is hand-assembled within a machined, Australian Jarrah wood housing. The output for the Statement Series2 measures at 0.5 mV. The low frequency information and its portrayal of bass dynamics are solid, powerful and authoritative. The midrange is rich, complex and highly believable. Its top-end seems to extend forever with speed and remarkable delicacy. Imaging is detailed and precise with a sound stage that wraps its arms around you and draws you into the music.
The Statement Series of wooden cartridges are a fixed coil design, hand-crafted at Grado Labs in Brooklyn. An intricate procedure of curing is done between production steps to achieve optimal sonic quality. This series generator/stylus module is not replaceable allowing a one-piece magnetic circuit and a reduction of chassis resonances. The Statement Series utilizes manufacturing and assembly techniques of fantastic accuracy and precision, and the result is virtual perfection. Should be used only with the finest equipment. Recommended tracking force 3/4 to 2 grams.
"This is a no-compromise cartridge that is so reasonably priced it begs for one of our Exceptional Value Awards for 2017. There is no reason to spend more money than this on a top cartridge."
—Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio, April 2017, Exceptional Value Award