Grado Reference Sonata 1 Sonata1 phono cartridge 5.0mV - FOR U.S. SALE ONLY

Grado Reference Sonata 1 Sonata1 phono cartridge 5.0mV

SKU: GRADREFSON

  • $600.00

GRADO REFERENCE SONATA 1 SONATA1 PHONO CARTRIDGE

Ships to US only

The newly redesigned Grado Sonata 1 cartridge offers four improvements over its predecessor. The coil design has been reconfigured. The size of the coils were reduced, cutting back on the number of turns, for improved sound quality. Grado Labs has developed a new process of potting the coils which helps control internal resonance in the coils which then lowers the noise floor even more than before. Also, the effective moving mass of their generating system has been reduced by 17%, thus allowing for a quicker and more accurate reproduction of music. All this is hand-assembled within a machined, new processed, Australian Jarrah wood housing. The wood enclosure has been changed from Mahogany to Australian Jarrah, which is a much harder and denser, thus adding greater stability to the cartridge as a generating device.

The Grado Reference Sonata 1 phono cartridge features a specially designed nude elliptical diamond and a modified four piece OTL cantilever technology achieving a 10% tip mass reduction over the Prestige series and ultra-high purity long crystal oxygen free copper wire in the coils.

Grado Reference Sonata 1 Phono Cartridge Specifications
- Type: Moving magnet
- Output voltage: 5mV
- Frequency response: 10Hz - 60kHz
- Load impedance: 47k ohms
- Channel separation: 40dB
- Stylus type: Nude elliptical
- Stylus replacement: Factory replaceable
- Mounting: 1/2 inch
- Compliance: 20mm/N
- Tracking force: .075 - 2.0 g
- Recommended tracking force: 1.5 g
- Weight: 6.5 g

Reviews
"I'd go so far as to say that the Sonata reminded me more of my Koetsu Urishi ($4000) than of my 8MZ."
"No cartridge reproduces a female voice better than this."
"For the extra money, the Reference Sonata represents a leap of performance beyond the Platinum and hints at what an expensive moving coil can do." - Stereophile / Robert Reina Vol.21, No.6

"After a week of warm-up, during which the Sonata was most notable for the solidity of its bass and power of its subsonic bass, the sound started to become very musical." - Audio Ideas Guide (Canada) / Andrew Marshall


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Right part and prompt delivery

Very good 78 RPM stylus

The LP Gear Cerapreme 78 stylus brings the most out of the CEC/Chuo Denshi type ceramic cartridge for 78 RPM reproduction. If you put this stylus into a real Japanese CEC cartridge in a serious turntable, you end up with a very nice 78 reproducer. If you put it in a little Numark PT01, it makes for a very nice portable player for 78s. At its current price, this stylus is hard to beat.

I can't give a review at this time as the needles were purchased as spares and I have not used any, but they look exactly as the original.

Satisfied

Item received in good condition and performing well.

Replacement for Toshiba N-32DE N32DE stylus