Manufacturer: ClearaudioCartridge Type: Moving Magnet
The Clearaudio V2 moving magnet cartridges are meticulously measured, analysed, and hand-selected into four performance levels. In this way Clearaudio achieves the best stereo channel matching, minimum phase error and distortion, flattest frequency response and highest dynamic range at each price point.
The cartridges produce an audiophile sound of superlative quality – spatially detailed and vividly textured, with bass that does not wallow and treble that is not harsh. The models of the Clearaudio MM V2 series provide outstanding sound quality on all current tonearms.
With the exception of the MM V2 Concept, which is made of aluminium, all the cartridges in this series are made with housings of hand-polished ebony – the key to record-breaking weight values.
No question, this cartridge is at first sight expensive and hence one will think twice before taking a decision to buy it. I read some credible reviews about this cartridge which were reassuring and finally decided to go for it. After all Clearaudio is a top player in turntables and a company with high reputation. I have a Linn LP12 turntable and had changed from a K18 cartridge to a Grado Reference2Reference MK2 which is in the same price league as the Clearaudio. The Grado is an excellent cartridge and has an outstanding sound stage. One thing that annoys me though is the humm which seems to be often a problem with MI's.After installing the Clearaudio Charisma V2 MM though, it was as if my Hifi system was upgraded to a next and higher level. The precision, clarity of all music instruments, the balance across all frequencies and the overall perfect sound stage was simply breathtaking. Closing the eyes I thought I sit in a life concert. This MM is a category above all I have heard so far, and not by just a little bit. I would never have thought that analogue music can sound so realistic. I am still baffled as to what is stored and available for reproduction in the Vinyls and what Charisma v2 is able to "tickle" out of the grooves. This is a true master piece of cartridge and once you have tried it you can never go back to anything else.If you are interested in the maximum performance MM then you should not think about the money you spend. After all you spend 1000 something Euro on something that will give you ultimate joy for many years to come - and under that consideration is not expensive at all.I can full heartedly recommend this product.
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