Reference Level Analog Cartridges

 

What an exciting time it is for analog playback! At a time when people thought it would be long-since dead, LP playback, like the legendary Phoenix, rises far above the digital domain. This is truly its golden age. LP playback technology has never been more vital.

 

Acoustical Systems Palladian

The Palladian is an advanced development of the Aiwon, in which Dietrich Brakemeier was primarily concerned with getting a good bit closer to the live impression of music - or, in a more prosaic way of speaking, to further improve the cartridge's dynamic capabilities and instantaneous immediacy.

The Palladian shows that one does not have to reinvent the wheel to play in the top league. Dietrich Brakemeier's long-standing analogue experience has allowed him to design a cartridge that works at the highest level and, in its thrilling immediacy, comes impressively close to the live experience.

Read the Positive Feedback review: https://positive-feedback.com/reviews/hardware-reviews/acoustical-systems-palladian/

Read another Review here.

 

 

Acoustical Systems Aiwon

A sonic performance second to none, - featuring a live-likeness, dynamic contrast, emotion expression and "you are there" character one has to hear to realize what was missing so far - missing in even the very best set-ups.

The Aiwon is carefully handcrafted in Bavaria. EachAiwon is handcrafted and carefully fine-tuned to ultimate performance by one person only.

With the Aiwon you get 24kt gold traces epoxied to grooves in the titanium body to eliminate resonance related effects. Each Aiwon is handcrafted and carefully fine-tuned by one person and will show you what your audio system is really capable of.

http://www.rutherfordaudio.com/downloads/Aiwon_Review_2016.pdf

You can read the Aiwon review at this link.

 

 

Acoustical Systems Astron

the astron.... a cartridge which represents the selected very best of the archon production series. The most cartefully selected archons - picked for homogenous frequency response and extremely close matching channels - are transferred into the special housing featuring a constellar pattern handcrafted with pure 24kt Gold inlays. Inside the astron features additional dampening in 3 important points for advanced resonance control and an extra "quietness" in sonic background.

These are the "best of the best" of the archon - taken to new sonic heights and fine-tuned to the utmost. Creating a cartridge which may well be viewed by many as the best possible choice for listening to classical music. The astron gives a sonic picture as if you were the music supervisor. Being relaxed, supreme and alway in easy control - pushing one to listen endlessl

 

 

 

Acoustical Systems Archon

the archon provides a sonic picture which is live-like and tantalizing in its openness, vital detailed and rich in its harmonic structure. A very natural, colorful sound - with an outstanding reproduction of human voices and the most realistic timbre. Opening a soundstage which is wide and recreating excellent the recording venue - with organic placement and wide inner dynamics.

the archon is a very-easy-to-mate-with partner for all modern tonearms and an easy match for phono stages. It is an individual numbered limited edition low-output moving coil cartridge assembled and fine-tuned by hand and designed in Bavaria / Germany.

https://www.theaudiobeat.com/equipment/acoustical_systems_archon.htm

 

 

 

 

Air Tight PC-1 Supreme

"As good as the AT PC-1 is, this new, considerably pricier moving-coil cartridge from Air Tight PC-1 Supreme Cartridge is substantially better. Like the PC-1, the Air Tight PC-1 Supreme Cartridge is a model of low internal impedance and high energy. Killer good on transients top to bottom, with phenomenal grip and definition in the low bass, it is also exceptionally lifelike in the midband, with even more of the gorgeous density of tone color, high resolution, and superior soundstaging that made the Air Tight PC-1 Supreme one of JV's (Jonathan Valin) mc references. A top contender for best Moving Coil." - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound, Issue 185

 

Air Tight PC-1s

Somewhere along the line, I acquired the notion that Air Tights' PC1 family of cartridges gravitated to the cool and analytic side. That's because everyone mentions their incisiveness, resolution, and dynamics. Yes, the PC1s is all of that, but I should have known better. The truth of the matter is no product from Air Tight can be described as cool and analytic. The house sound veers towards the warm, full-bodied and musical, and the PC1s conforms.

 

 

Air Tight PC-7

"This new moving-coil cartridge from Air Tight offers a truly surprising amount of the color, speed, dimensionality, and resolution of Air Tight's celebrated PC-1 Series cartridges at a far more affordable price. Indeed, the P7 provides so much of the high-priced sound that it qualifies as a genuine bargain - and a real find for music lovers who long for the best in MC sonics but don't have the moolah." - Julie Mullins, The Absolute Sound, March 2016

 

 

EMT JSD P6.0 - The Best Ever EMT Cartridge

For 75 years, EMT designs, builds and markets a range of audio products for Broadcast professionals and for already 10 years also a collection of State of the Art audio products for the serious music lover.

The JSD series was not only developed and optimized in the laboratory but mainly in practice, partly with the assistance of committed test listeners who used their own records and partly by using legendary old record players and also the most modern ones, as well as multitude tone arms during extensive listening and comparative tests. Great importance was given to maintaining the typical characteristics of EMT, stressing in particular the know how which is based on the large experience of our specialists. Special attention as also been given to the consistent use of non exotic materials.

JSD P6.0 Cartridge - Multi Facet Diamond on white sapphire cantilever

EMT JSD P6.0 cartridge

Transfiguration Proteus Diamond

It’s precisely this quest that led Yoshioka to develop a limited edition of Transfiguration’s flagship Proteus cartridge: the new Proteus D. D’ is for the diamond cantilever, which explains why this is a limited edition. “The production of a diamond cantilever is a unique challenge,” explains Yoshioka. “Of course it’s expensive, but more than that, to craft it requires an extremely highly skilled technician.” In most other respects, the design and specifications of the ‘D’ largely match those of the ‘standard’ Proteus.

 

Transfiguration Proteus

Listening to the Proteus on a top turntable and arm combination, the usual audio industry descriptors fail... there is only music, intensely communicative music. The phenomenal resolution can only be understood in musical and emotional terms.

TheTransfiguration Proteus has a chameleon-like ability to become whatever music it sees. Liquid, powerful, delicate, transparent...and teeming with life.

When you are ready to unleash the gods of music hidden in the grooves of your favorite LP's, it is time for Proteus...

 

Transfiguration Phoenix S

The Phoenix brings an exciting, full-bodied sound with tremendous rhythm and bass impact. With a sparkle on top that never sounds too hot, it may be the perfect cartridge for jazz and classical music lovers. The double-ring-magnet construction ensures the usual Transfiguration musical coherence and phase-linearity, which presents a seamless view into the musical performance. The Phoenix delivers performance at its price-point that was unachievable by any cartridge at any price, even just a few years ago.

The Phoenix is the new price/performance leader in the areas of transparency, timbre, bass-impact and articulation...oh, yes, and in the all important JPF factor (Just Plain Fun).