Reference Analog Cartridges

We carry the Best of the Best

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.

The Voice That Is - an Authorized Dealer for Air Tight, EMT, Koetsu, Xquisite and other cartridges in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland areas.

The XQUISITE GT Cartridge

All Xquisite cartridges take advantage of the patented monobloc-ceramic transducer technology, which ensures supreme detail resolution and at the same time extremely natural sound.

The GT (Gold/Titanium) model features a pure 24kt gold coil which has been carefully matched with an advanced bronze-aluminium-wood sandwich-body to achieve incredibly rich and open sound characteristics.

Pure 24karat Gold; Monobloc ceramic unit, patented design;

Bronze-aluminium-wood body

Each Xquisite cartridge is handmade piece by piece and calibrated by Micha Huber personally. Get the DATASHEET HERE

The XQUISITE ST Cartridge - Our Reference

The ST (Silver/Titanium) model features a pure silver coil which has been carefully matched with an advanced titanium-aluminium-wood sandwich-body to achieve most delightful sound characteristics.

Pure Silver 4N; Monobloc ceramic unit, patented design;

Titanium-aluminium-wood body

Each Xquisite cartridge is handmade piece by piece and calibrated by Micha Huber personally. Get the DATASHEET HERE

The XQUISITE CA Cartridge

The CA (Copper/Aluminium) model features a pure copper coil which has been carefully matched with an advanced aluminium-wood sandwich-body to achieve most involving sound characteristics. 

Pure copper 4N; Monobloc ceramic unit, patented design;

Aluminium-wood body

Each Xquisite cartridge is handmade piece by piece and calibrated by Micha Huber personally.

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The Koetsu Blue Lace Cartridge - "Most Coveted"

Named in honor of the Japanese artist Honami Koetsu, the company was started by Yoshiaki Sugano. A boxer, artist, sword maker and automotive executive, Sugano-san was a true renaissance man. His love of western classical music led him on a journey to improve the musicality of common phono cartridges. Through his experimentation he pioneered the use of high purity materials such as 6N copper and rare platinum iron magnets.

For more than thirty-years, Koetsu has masterfully blended the highest purity technical materials with ones of natural beauty to create the most sought after cartridges in the world. Sugano-San's legacy is carried on by his son Fumihiko who apprenticed under his father to become a master cartridge maker. Every Koetsu cartridge is hand made in Japan and inherently limited in nature.

Diamond Cantilever Upgrade from boron to diamond cantilever available.

 

The Coveted Koetsu Coralstone Cartridge - A Koetsu Lovers Favorite

The pinnacle of cartridge design can be found in a Koetsu stone body. The body is machined from a block of high quality stone. Each block is carefully selected for natural grain and polished to a very fine finish.

"The end result is harmonious and cohesive, and the music unfolds in a way that gives you more time to listen - more time to unravel the individual strands that form part of the whole." Hi-Fi+

Identical for the Blue Onyx, Coralstone and Onyx Platinum: Silver-plated Copper Coil Wiring / Platinum Magnet / Boron Cantilever / 0.3 mV Output

Diamond Cantilever Upgrade from boron to diamond cantilever available.

 

The Koetsu Onyx Platinum Cartridge - Our Reference

Internally, only the most tightly matched silver sheathed copper coils and cores are used. Rare platinum magnets allow the stone body cartridges to fully create the ethereal sound on which Koetsu has earned its reputation.

"... the Koetsu endured in delivering boatloads of color and texture, yet at the same time I've never heard a cartridge with greater, clearer pitch certainty on even the lowest bass notes ... All in all, the Koetsu Onyx Platinum communicated color, texture, touch, and musical nuance to an extent and in a combination that I'd never before heard ..."

Art Dudley (R.I.P.)
Stereophile / December 2018 / Koetsu Onyx Platinum

Diamond Cantilever Upgrade from boron to diamond cantilever available.

 

The Koetsu Urushi Vermilion Cartridge - Our Reference

The Japanese art of Urushi is a tradition dating back 10,000 years. This natural lacquer is sourced from the caustic sap of the indigenous Urushi trees. The Urushi is applied by the hands of select Japanese artisans. Once the lacquer cures it hardens around the natural rosewood body changing its resonant frequency.

The Urushi Vermillion uses a unique combination of silver and copper wiring, with fewer turns than other Urushi models, resulting in lower mass and output. Sonically, the Vermillion is the fastest sounding Urushi.

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Air Tight Opus 1 Cartridge

Air Tight Opus-1 Ermitage cartridge, released in honor of Air Tight’s thirtieth anniversary. And, folks, it is just as much of a winner as its two distinguished predecessors - and certainly the best Air Tight yet.

"the Opus-1 reproduces changes in intensity, large and small, as a continuum, making the presentation that much more realistic and easy to listen to."

~ Jonathan Valin - TAS

 

Air Tight PC-1 Supreme Cartridge

"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

 

The Air Tight PC-1 Coda Cartridge

"PC-1 coda, a new MC Cartridge pouring technologies and knowledges from their years of designing cartridges. It features a finetuned suspension mechanism from raw material for firm and high resolution sound images in atmosphere. As the same to PC-1/PC-1s, "Boron" an alloy with good physical characteristics has been used for Cantilever material. Hear sharper and speedy lows and clearer sound stage compared with its predisessor PC-1/PC-1s.

 

The 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

MySonicLabs Signature Platinum Cartridge

The Signature Platinum is the ultimate expression of designer Yoshio Matsudaira’s goals. Pure transparency without distortion or coloration. Building upon the design of Signature Gold, the Platinum eliminates the final percentages of cartridge coloration by utilizing a Black Ion Hardened Titanium body that is completely free of any audible resonance. The Signature Platinum is only the 2nd model in the My Sonic Lab line to use a Boron pipe, which is lighter, more rigid and faster than the aluminum cantilevers. The result is pure transparency. After you hear this model, you’ll realize every other cartridge you’ve ever heard adds something that isn’t supposed to be there. Signature Platinum is Matsudaira’s masterpiece. 

MySonicLabs Signature Gold Cartridge

The Signature Gold was released for My Sonic Lab’s 10th anniversary. Matsudaira-san evaluated every aspect of his previous Eminent designs for areas to be improved. A stronger two-component chassis, higher grade internal wiring and improvements in the suspension led to a more refined sound. However, it is the 10% larger SH-μX core that makes the Signature Gold excel at energetic expression and power. Compared to the Eminent designs, Signature Gold has more extension, slam, power, and dynamic range.

MySonicLabs Ultra Eminent EX Cartridge

This Ultra Eminent EX resides in the middle of the My Sonic Lab family. Compared to the standard Eminent EX and Hyper Eminent, the Ultra has much lower internal impedance (and output) and a boron cantilever. The result of these improvements are lightning fast transient response and pinpoint precise sound staging. Ultra Eminent EX reproduces complex music with ease and master tape sound quality.

“… the Ultra Eminent Ex's presentation sounded like analog tape. I believe this was caused by extreme amounts of low-level detail. The (Ultra) Eminent Ex retrieved so much microdetail that I swore I could hear right through the grooves to the analog tape passing across the recorder's playback head.” -Herb Reichert, Stereophile

The Acoustical Systems Archon Cartridge

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

 

 

 

 

The Transfiguration Proteus Diamond Cartridge

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.