Manufacturer: ClearaudioCartridge Type: Moving Coil
The Clearaudio Concept moving MC 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 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.
I was a long time fan of Denon 103's, I can frankly say I tried almost all of it's incarnations from the basic to SA. Then, after a sad accident to my latest SA which was re-cantilevered by Expert Stylus Co. I decided to go on a different route ahead. Had the chance to have some high value MC carts in my own system for evaluation I narrowed the chances to Dynavector and Clearaudio, both very musical albeit differenc character. Finally I decided Clearaudio Concept MC that seems to have less warmth but a sense of precision in every aspect of reproduction. A little bit more neutrality than Dyna at the expense of leaner ( not bass shy, just leaner ) presentation. I am using it in a Xerxes + Origin Live Zephyr combo that allows this cart to run to it's limits. And those limits are almost inexistent. It has less bass power than a - say - Koetsu, less spatial than a - say - Lyra, and perhaps less exciting than a Denon 103R can be in some cases. What it offers in return is a sense of clean, silky smooth open sound that really drags you into the music, faithful to the nature of the record instead of adding some own character to everything that all the above mentioned things do. This kind of trueness is captivating. Precision needs precision. You must take care to set it up correctly, you will hear all the little differences, so well worth the effort.
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