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Cartridges

There are two common designs for magnetic cartridges, moving magnet (MM) and moving coil (MC). Both operate on the same  principle of electromagnetic induction. In either type, the stylus itself, usually made of diamond, is mounted on a tiny metal strut called a cantilever, which is suspended using a collar of highly compliant material. This gives the stylus the freedom to move in any direction. On the other end of the cantilever is mounted a tiny permanent magnet (moving magnet type) or a set of tiny wound coils (moving coil type). The magnet is close to a set of fixed pick-up coils, or the moving coils are held within a magnetic field generated by fixed permanent magnets.  The movement of the stylus as it tracks the grooves of a record causes a fluctuating magnetic field which causes a small electrical current to be induced in the coils. This current closely follows the sound waveform cut into the record.

Proteus

The Proteus represents the pinnacle of all that Seiji Yoshioka has learned and achieved in his pioneering and perfection of the ring-magnet construction in phono cartridges. Listening to the Proteus on a top turntable and arm combination, the usual audio industry descriptors fail...there is only mus >>>

$6,000.00

Kai

These superlative phono cartridges are hand-made by Isamu Ikeda of Ikeda Sound Labs. He is revered in audio industry as a master-craftman. For over 50 years he has applied his knowledge and craftsmanship to his wonderful cartridges and tonearms, first with Fidelity Research Co. and now with Ikeda So >>>

$7,500.00

9TT

These superlative phono cartridges are hand-made by Isamu Ikeda of Ikeda Sound Labs. He is revered in audio industry as a master-craftman. For over 50 years he has applied his knowledge and craftsmanship to his wonderful cartridges and tonearms, first with Fidelity Research Co. and now with Ikeda So >>>

$4,200.00

ZYX Universe ll

ZYX UNIverse II Our most sincere gratitude goes to Nakatsuka san, for creating yet another masterpiece. For those who only want the very best: UNIverse II. On the surface, you see the familiar body of ZYX 4D. UNIverse II has Nakatsuka san’s secret recipe in it. This is the music as is. Suggest >>>

$8,495.00

Blue NS

The Kiseki Blue N.S. is the first “new style” Kiseki cartridge ever. The typical, but shorter, Kiseki body is machined out of solid aluminium, the motor is built from best available parts today. Two years of experimenting, testing all possible choices of materials and techniques to resul >>>

$2,299.00

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