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