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Dynavector/Karat 17D3 MC Cartridge

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£874.17 Exc. VAT |  


Manufacturer:  Dynavector

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Dynavector/Karat 17D3 MC Cartridge

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The 17D3! A silky smooth sounding cartridge with fabulous dynamic range, amazingly extended highs and tonal accuracy that will give you chills!

The karat has now clearly established itself as a high end reference cartridge for many reviews and audiophiles alike.. Now available in new model with 10% higher output

Dynavector cartridges are known for their resolution and tonality and the 17D3 is no exception. Unflappable, the 17D3 maintains it's composure on even the most complex and demanding of recordings. The secret is in the design; the 17D3's body damps resonance, the ultra-short cantilever reduces resonance, even the internal magnetic structure of the 17D3 has been engineered with the goal of eliminating resonance!

If you want to make a great cartridge, simply reducing resonance won't get you there. To make a great cartridge, you must use premium materials as well, such as a solid diamond cantilever. Yes, you read that right, the 17D3 has a diamond cantilever. A diamond cantilever doesn't have the high-frequency resonance problems that plague most metal cantilevers, lending itself to smoother treble reproduction, with silky-sweet high frequencies without any sharpness or metallic ringing. Diamond's tensile strength also means that the cantilever can be made very short, lending an amazing sense of immediacy to virtually any type of music. Although the 17D3's chassis is virtually non-resonant, the 17D3 is a very light-weight cartridge, coming in at just under 5.5Gms and although it's a low-output cartridge, the 17D3 will work with virtually any phono pre-amp with at least 60dB of gain!


  • Low output moving coil cartridge with flux damper and softened magnetism
  • Output Voltage: 0.3mV (at 1KHz, 5cm/sec.)
  • Channel Separation: 25 dB (at 1KHz)
  • Channel balance: 1.0 dB (at 1KHz)
  • Frequency response: 20 - 20,000Hz (± 1dB), 20 - 100,000Hz
  • Compliance: 15 x 10-6 cm/dyn
  • Tracking force: 1.8 - 2.0grams
  • DC resistance: R=38 ohms
  • Recommended load resistance: > 100 ohms
  • Cantilever: 1.7mm length, 0.25dia solid diamond
  • Stylus Type: Micro-Ridge
  • Weight: 5.3 grams
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Thursday, 14 June 2018  | 

The Karat certainly looks interesting, not sure whether to install it on my '309 or wear it round my neck. Glad it was the former because it sounds great. Well actually, it doesn't really have a sound, it just gives you what is on your records in a completely natural way. Sweet, detailed and right. Record after record, no constant fiddling with the volume control, no fatigue.
Negatives? It's not the greatest tracker - the cannons on Telarc's 1812 are out, but that goes for a lot of other cartridges that are nowhere near as good as the Karat. This is the one for me, the search is over.

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Awesome - Very Pleased
Thursday, 2 November 2017  | 

The 17D3 has proved to be a massive step up from a previous Goldring Legacy and Sumiko Bluepoint - Timing, musicality and detail are massively improved and are making listing highly addictive. There have been a few late nights of late with a lot of old vinyl favourites getting played ...!

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Another Winner
Friday, 5 August 2016  | 

Took advantage of the trade in program. This latest iteration builds further upon the legendary Karat tradition. Ruler flat response, great dynamic range, and fabulous sound quality. Highly recommend.

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