Our top model custom handbuilt phono cartridge, featuring matched crystal gold coils and 0.50 mV/channel output.On special request medium and high output versions are available; (Their variations in other parameters are minor to those described here for the 0.50 mV/channel standard version).
The BLACK 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 BLACK BEAUTY Special-X’s refined body is made of black PolyCarbonate with about the same construction as the GRASSHOPPER IV GLA. The BLACK 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:
a) see (*4) b) 1.0 mV RMS c) 2.0 mV RMS
a) > 33 / > 28 dB b) > 32 / > 28 dB c) > 32 / > 28 dB
a) > 500 Ohm b) 47 kOhm c) 47 kOhm
a) 16 Ohm +/- 10% b) 41 Ohm +/- 10% c) 96 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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