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Grado 4mV Reference Series MASTER1 MC Cartridge
Hi-End Audiophile Cartridge
Special Order Item - Ships in 1-3 weeks
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Grado Reference Series (4.0mV)
half-inch standard mount audiophile cartridge.
This is a special order item.
This product requires shipment to the credit card verified billing address or confirmed paypal address only. Extra credit card & paypal authentication measures we employ may delay the shipment of this product by up to 3 days or even longer if you respond slowly via email to said 'authentication measures '.
So overnight shipments will not ship immediately!
All Reference & Statement series cartridges are 1/2" mount. 78 RPM styli are not available with the Reference series. All re-tipping on the Reference & Statement series will be done by GradoLabs.
The below info is directly from
Channel Separation at 1KHz
Output at 1KHz 5CM/sec.
Recommended Tracking Force
The Grado Reference1 & Master1
The newly redesigned Master1 and Reference1 cartridges have had their coil design reconfigured, and the effective moving mass of their generating system has been reduced by 17%. All this is hand-assembled within a machined, new processed, Australian Jarrah wood housing. The Master1 and Reference1 models use a five piece OTL cantilever technology achieving an additional 5% tip mass reduction over the Platinum1 and Sonata1 models. The coils are wound with ultra-high purity long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper wire. The Master1 model is mounted with Grado's specially designed nude elliptical diamond, and the Reference1 model uses Grado's true ellipsoid design diamond.
"But, as the Grado blurb says if your system can be driven with a 0.5mV output phono cartridge, then you deserve to be listening to the new Grado Statement Series". I second that emotion: It is an absolute killer."
— Hi Fi News / Ken Kessler
"The Statement Reference is used by Musical Fidelity Sound Lab in their cutting room and in their mastering suite."
— John Wood - Executive VP - Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
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