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OBSOLETE JT-555 SHIBATA | Tech Recommended Substitute
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OBSOLETE JT-555 SHIBATA | Tech Recommended Substitute

Nagaoka type JT-555

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OBSOLETE "Nagaoka" JT-555 Shibata Cartridge Solution

We are so sorry but the famous JT-555 cartridge is gone forever.  Instead we confidentially recommend audio-technica's VM-95SH.  It also has a nude shibata tip for stellar, audiophile quality playback.  Choose option above then add to cart or see AT-VM95SH below in related items for complete details.

The AT-VM95SH is the closest, well priced match currently available anywhere.

For a significant improvement in cartridge performance, the following demands are made upon the performance of the stylus tip:
  1. It must trace the groove accurately.
  2. It must not damage the record prematurely.
  3. It must have a long service live.
These three conditions are critical. With the ULTRA-EX (shibata shaped) stylus tip, the total solution of these problems has been achieved by a completely novel response to the challenge. To improve the form of the stylus tip first a successful 500% lengthening of the line of contact between the stylus and the record results in a corresponding five-fold reduction in the pressure (the force per unit area) on the groove walls. This means that the damage to the record is reduced by the same ratio (with a generally similar increase in stylus life.) Furthermore, the reduction in the radii of curvature of the tip contact to between one half and one third of the previous values, makes it possible to reproduce the ultra-high frequency range. Surface finish, also, is ground to the ideal smoothness by new technological developments.
5 Stars
A Music Lover's cartridge
I have about 20 hours on the cartridge and it is sweet. It is not better than my AT 150mlx, however, for someone who is not wanting the ultimate in detail and loves pure musicality, there may not be a better buy on the market. This is the real deal for the money. No reservations. The more I play it the better it gets. Tracks fantastic and the area it betters my AT is inner groove distortion...it is non existent. A wonderful deal for any music lover.
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Reviewed by:  from Johnson City, TN. on 4/12/2013

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