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GRADO LABS Grado - Reference Platinum 1 Cartridge

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GRADO LABS Grado - Reference Platinum 1 Cartridge

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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

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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