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Grado Reference Platinum V2 Cartridge
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Grado Reference Platinum V2 Cartridge

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£349.95   
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Manufacturer:  Grado

Grado Reference Platinum V2 Cartridge

The Reference Series 2 of wooden cartridges are handcrafted at Grado Labs from an Australian Jarrah wood. 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 redesigned one-piece magnetic circuit and a reduction of chassis resonances. The Reference Series 2 utilizes manufacturing and assembly techniques that result is musical perfection. The Reference Series 2 should be used with only the finest equipment. Recommended tracking force 1.5 to 1.9 grams.

The Reference’s reproduction of the leading edge of low-frequency information, and it’s overall portrayal of bass dynamics and pitch, were the best I’ve heard from any cartridge: solid powerful, authoritative.

– Stereophile, Michael Fremer

All Reference Series 2 cartridges offer a low mass generating system, and a diamond cut specially for Grado. In addition the Reference 2 and Master 2 are installed with a boron cantilever. The output for the Reference Series 2 measures at 5 mV. The 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 Platinum 2 model uses Grado’s specially designed elliptical diamond mounted on a brass bushing. A 10% tip mass reduction over the Prestige series.

SPECIFICATIONS

OUTPUT: 4.8mV @ 5 CMV (45) 
CONTROLLED FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 10-60 KHZ 
CHANNEL SEPARATION: 
AVERAGE 40 DB - 10-30 KHZ 
LOAD: 47,000 OHMS 
INDUCTANCE: 40 mh 
RESISTANCE: 600 OHMS 
NON SENSITIVE TO CAPACITIVE LOAD 
CHASSIS MASS: 10 GRAMS 
TRACKING FORCE: 1.5 - 1.9 GRAMS

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Woke up with wood
Thursday, 9 March 2017  | 

Setting this cart up was a breeze. Twenty minutes or so and I had the first record playing. This cart doesn't require a very long break-in period, it sounds brilliant out-of-the-box and improves slightly over the hours.

My first impressions with some of my old jazz albums: Horns, strings and piano are probably the most demanding instruments when it comes to high fidelity. If something is wrong, you can hear it right away. This cart just shines with all of them along with the drums and double bass. There is resolution, kick, air, ambience and cozy warmth that makes me want to spin a record after another.

Eventhough this is the cheapest one within the Reference V2 series, in my opinion it represents a kind of a sweetspot. You could seriously ask yourself whether you need a cart better than this. I certainly don't.

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