Manufacturer: Van Den Hul
Our top model custom handbuilt phono cartridge, featuring matched crystal silver coils and 0.50 mV/channel output.
The WHITE BEAUTY Special-X is a resolution improved version of the GRASSHOPPER IV GLA, which refinements were only possible to be created after having switched to the entirely metal free and extremely revealing The THIRD ® loudspeaker cable in Mr. van den Hul’s audio system.
The WHITE BEAUTY Special-X’s refined body is made of white PolyCarbonate with about the same construction as the GRASSHOPPER IV GLA. The WHITE BEAUTY Special-X sets new sonic standards in analog reproduction.Listening impressions are like being in the concert hall with a very precise projection of the instruments, the acoustics and even the conductor in space. The music as a whole sounds extremely realistic and very convincing with a lot of authority, especially in the bass and lower midrange; the high frequencies are very pure and extremely nice structured.
The differences with the GRASSHOPPER IV GLA are:Improved magnetic layout, -construction and -properties.A reduced cantilever length.Due to points 1 and 2 the resolution is higher.The suspension uses a very special damping rubber.There is more “space” between the musical instruments and vocals.The output is reduced from 0.65 mV/ch. to 0.50 mV/ch. by using double layer Matched Crystal Silver coils on a cross-shaped armature, both producing a higher channel separation.
> 33 / > 28 dB
> 500 Ohm
9 Ohm +/- 10%
(*1): Stylus replacement and other services available on request (*2): Non critical (*3): Items produced before October '98: 13.5 - 16 mN (*4): Available in two varieties:
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