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The “new-classic” MC phono cartridge continuously evolves with conveying the brightness of analog’s maturity period to the present day.
Legendary Line is traditional MC phono cartridge with faithfully succeeding the basic design of Model 701 series, which was sold in 1986 as the first generation of Shelter product. The sound is extremely smooth and gentle, and yet it has minute information volume and quietness, which are compatible at higher dimensions. With using stable material based on the long result such as aluminum alloy body housing, simple and legitimate motor structure, aluminum-clad boron cantilever, 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical diamond stylus tip and others, it yields flexibility of limitless sound tuning. Legendary Line conveys 80’ analog record reproduction brightness with succeeding the ancient technic faithfully to the present day. After 30 years to mature it reaches to esoteric expressive power which melting the listener’s heart instantaneously and we trust that you can leave an important record playback in peace forever.
The 901 III uses hard aluminum cantilever with line-contact diamond stylus chip same structure with Harmony. Unlike models 7000 and 9000, which pursue more information or detail of sound, 901III provides comfort of analog playback sound from the moment when the stylus chip falls into the groove.
Output voltage: 0.5mV
Stylus tip: 1.6 x 0.3mil line-contact
Impedance: 15 ohm
Weight: 9.1 gram
Tracking force: 1.4 to 2.2 gram
I always heard good things about Shelter but they were not easy to buy in the UK so well done AS. I have previously had lots of cartridges including a Koetsu rosewood signature. This is closer to the koetsu sound than other carts I have used. Sound is on the warm side with a lovely rich tonality, and bass is deeper and more powerful than the koetsu. Overall sound is very smooth and fatigue free to listen to over many hours. However, this takes some time to reach, and out of the box it is constrained until at least 20 hours. Once there though, you will be wonderfully rewarded, especially if your taste veers towards Koetsu style sound at a lot less cash.
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