Cartridge Man Isolator
The Cartridge Man Isolator is, in effect, a two way filter, its purpose is to break the mechanical feedback loop that is made as soon as the stylus touches the record - an affordable upgrade that will improve the sound of most turntables fitted with a standard mount (screw fit) cartridge. In fact, testing has shown the Isolator has been reduced the noise floor level by upto 3dB (a cut of 50%). This reduction allows far more low level information into the audio picture, improving sound stage, imaging and resolution, not to mention the overall timbre of instruments.
The isolator has attracted praise in the Hi Fi press, in spite of the generally accepted philosophy about cartridge mounting being the complete opposite of that which its use advocates. The Isolator will transform your vinyl system whatever it be, Project, Rega, Hadcock, Schroeder, Kuzma, Tri Planar, Graham, Roksan, Origin Live, etc.
Dimensions: 25mm L x 20mm W x 6.0mm D. Pitch between hole centres 13mm. 3.5mm in from edge.
Available in 2 versions
6-2.0 for moving coil (MC) cartridges' The Isolator is constructed from two sheets of stainless steel, with a piece of compliant material placed between them. The top plate has two studs protruding which have nuts run down them, to attach the plate to the pick up arm. The pick up cartridge is simply adhered to the bottom plate via two small locating pins as the cartridge is placed onto the hi-tech glue film...'
6-2.4 for moving magnet (MM) cartridges
'...The differences were staggering, with the plate the stereo image width was simply huge, along with better depth and height. Bass was described with better information retrieval. Transients were certainly much clearer with a confident style of delivery. Timing in the transcription was much sharper allowing the music to pour out of the loudspeakers in an unfettered fashion. There seemed to be much more "space" around the musicians with a much lower noise floor. Vinyl and surface noise was reduced almost to silence. Intonation was easier to distinguish, as was the melody line of the music...'
'...There is no doubt in my mind that this isolator represents a significant advancement in the science of vinyl replay. Right now I would recommend the purchase of the Isolator to anyone with a vinyl front end priced over £300, and would put this in the same category as having a stylus force gauge and an accurate means of speed measurement, as an invaluable accessory which is mandatory for anyone serious about vinyl playback' (Hi Fi World magazine)