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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) cartridges6-2.4 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)
Simple install. Once I found my arm spacers to lift the arm to reset VTA, aligned my cartridge, and then adjusted tracking weight I was like an excited child. I'm using it with the Cartridge Man MusicMaker 3 which resolves well anyway. The addition of an isolator is instantly recognisable as an improvement. For me, there's more music making, more involvement. Everything the music maker 3 does well, it does better. I cannot find a negative to the addition of the isolator apart from the need to set up again, and it's Heath Robinson looks - but who cares what it looks lie when it sounds this good.
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it is a wonderfull sound now in the system. i enjoy it every day more and more. thank you
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