JICO SETO-HORI MC CERAMIC PHONO CARTRIDGE
The SETO-HORI MC ceramic cartridge is hand-crafted in Japan with artful expertise to achieve optimized fidelity. The micro-ridge diamond's polyhedral shape reaches into the deepest recesses of the record groove to retrieve details previously inaccessible to other styli. This shape extends the lifespan of the stylus by reducing diamond and record wear. The boron cantilever provides a low mass and extreme efficiency of transmissions and vibrations. The base connected to the ceramic SETO-HORI cartridge is made of natural walnut wood.
“Kata-Tori” (mold making) and “Yaki-ire” (burning) are key processes for ceramic-ware. One of the problems with ceramic is shrinkage, which is why it has been said ceramic-ware is not suitable for cartridge bodies. JICO collaborated with a laboratory in the city Seto to study the shrinkage of ceramic pottery. The result is in the final process, JICO craftsmen finely adjust the ceramic body thus creating the one of a kind SETO-HORI cartridge.
Output voltage: 2mV
Output balance: <1.5dB/1kHz
Stylus force: 2.0g
Channel separation: 25dB/1kHz
Frequency response: 15-32,000Hz
Output impedance: 130Ω/1kHz
Product net weight: 11g
Shielding case: Ceramic ware from Seto and Walnut tree.
This cartridge looks awesome!
I installed it with ease. Alignment may be a bit of a challenge as the front end of the cartridge is oval, but not a too big issue.
Crucial is the adjustment of your gain and load on your phonostage. This cartridge has a high output and significant high-end. If you listen to rock music or electronic music, this will shine! however, classical music, especially piano, is not well reproduced and saturates if you keep the gain and load at their highest settings. Low gain and load and the sound is muffled. So don't be afraid to tune up patiently and precisely with those settings, and this cartridge will highly rewards you!.
I think that this cartridge requires more hours to break in and to perform at its best, but already now i can hear how precise and clear it sounds compared to my previous Ortofon MC red Quintet. Definitely an upgrade.