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Grado Reference V2 and Reference V2 Statement Phono Cartridges

Grado Reference V2 and Reference V2 Statement Phono Cartridges

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Grado Reference V2 and Reference V2 Statement Phono Cartridges

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    MY TAKE:

    If you prefer a warm, rich and relaxed tonal presentation from your vinyl, Grado cartridges are sure to satisfy. Fans of these cartridges find them particularly appealing in the midrange, while other listeners may prefer brands which offer more extension at the frequency extremes. - Galen Carol


    GRADO'S STATEMENT AND REFERENCE SERIES PHONO CARTRIDGES -

    These series of wooden cartridges are a fixed coil design, hand-crafted at our labs from a specially selected species of mahogany. An intricate procedure of curing is done between production steps to achieve optimal sonic quality. Unlike the Prestige series, these series generator/stylus module is not replaceable* allowing a redesigned one piece magnetic circuit and a reduction of chassis resonances. The Statement and Reference series utilizes manufacturing and assembly techniques of fantastic accuracy and precision, the result is virtual perfection in a phono pickup … truly the world's finest. Should be used only with the finest equipment. Recommended tracking force 3/4 to 2 grams.


    Grado takes their outstanding line of Wood Body moving iron phono cartridges to new heights with the introduction of the Series V2.

    Features include:

    • Redesigned wood chassis featuring increased mass and optimized weight distribution resulting in improved audio stability and imaging.
    • Redesigned coils resulting in improved signal transfer.
    • New proprietary magnets further improve signal generation and transfer.
    • Prices remain the same; how’s that for customer service!

     

    The Grado Reference Series of wood-bodied cartridges are of a fixed coil design, and handcrafted from a specially selected species of mahogany from Australia, Jarrah. The body undergoes an intricate procedure of curing between production steps to maximize sonic quality. Each cartridge is hand assembled and tested for frequency response, channel output, channel balance, phase linearity, inductance and resistance. This meticulous care in design and construction lavished on each Grado cartridge contributes to an unchallenged consistency of performance and guarantee of reliability.
     

    Each model employs Grado's proprietary Optimized Transmission Line Stylus/Cantilever(OTL), which provides an ideal transfer of the signal from point to point, e.g., stylus to cantilever to magnet to coils, etc. This has been achieved by eliminating resonance at each of these key junctions. The transmission line cantilever consists of separate sections that are telescoped into each other. All sections are made of different alloys, some sections hollow, other sections solid. These sections are bonded together with materials that act as dampers, and are coated with a black proprietary material which controls and absorbs resonance which travel on the surface of the cantilever (known as skin effects). The OTL stylus/cantilever design will make your records sound quieter, improve the height, width, and depth of the soundstage, and offer more detail than previously obtainable.
     

    The Reference series output is 4.0mV while the Statement series yield an m-c like 0.5mV. Grado achieves this by changing the coil configuration. Each cartridge has four coils, but Reference cartridges have 6,000 turns on the coils, while the Statements have only 380 turns. According to John Grado: 'Since we have considerably fewer turns in the Statement Series we can use a much larger size wire, thus knocking resistance from 470 ohms to 2 ohms in the Statement Series. This new wire has over 16 times more area for carrying the signal: this also shortens the distance the signal must travel from 125ft to a little over 7ft. In the Statement series we have also shortened the magnetic gap, increasing the flux density.


    Reference V2 -

    The newly redesigned Reference 2 cartridge features a revised coil resulting in a 17% reduction of the effective moving mass of their generating system. The hand-assembled generator is  housed within a machined Australian Jarrah wood housing . The Master 2 and Reference 2 models use a five piece OTL cantilever technology achieving an additional 5% tip mass reduction over the Platinum 2 and Sonata 2 models. The Reference 2 uses a true ellipsoid tip. All parts used in the Master and Reference models are finished in-house and polished to an extremely high tolerance. Final assembly is by hand.


    REVIEWS:
     

    "The Statement Reference retails for $1200, which places it amidst some astounding moving-coils. But, as the Grado blurb says if your system can be driven with a 0.5mV output phono cartridge, then you deserve to be listening to the new Grado Statement Series". I second that emotion: It is an absolute killer." - HiFi News


    SPECIFICATIONS:

    • Frequency Response: 10Hz -60 kHz
    • Design: Moving Iron
    • Channel Separation at 1KHz: 40
    • Input Load: 47K
    • Output at 1KHz 5CM/sec. 0.5mV for Statement V2,  4.0mV for Reference V2
    • Recommended Tracking Force: 1.5g
    • Stylus Type: True Ellipsoid
    • Inductance: 2mH
    • Resistance: 2
    • Compliance CUs: 20
    • Stylus Replacement: Factory
    • Weight: 6.5g

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Grado Reference V2 and Reference V2 Statement Phono Cartridges

$1,500.00 Free Shipping!

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Description


MY TAKE:

If you prefer a warm, rich and relaxed tonal presentation from your vinyl, Grado cartridges are sure to satisfy. Fans of these cartridges find them particularly appealing in the midrange, while other listeners may prefer brands which offer more extension at the frequency extremes. - Galen Carol


GRADO'S STATEMENT AND REFERENCE SERIES PHONO CARTRIDGES -

These series of wooden cartridges are a fixed coil design, hand-crafted at our labs from a specially selected species of mahogany. An intricate procedure of curing is done between production steps to achieve optimal sonic quality. Unlike the Prestige series, these series generator/stylus module is not replaceable* allowing a redesigned one piece magnetic circuit and a reduction of chassis resonances. The Statement and Reference series utilizes manufacturing and assembly techniques of fantastic accuracy and precision, the result is virtual perfection in a phono pickup … truly the world's finest. Should be used only with the finest equipment. Recommended tracking force 3/4 to 2 grams.


Grado takes their outstanding line of Wood Body moving iron phono cartridges to new heights with the introduction of the Series V2.

Features include:

• Redesigned wood chassis featuring increased mass and optimized weight distribution resulting in improved audio stability and imaging.
• Redesigned coils resulting in improved signal transfer.
• New proprietary magnets further improve signal generation and transfer.
• Prices remain the same; how’s that for customer service!

 

The Grado Reference Series of wood-bodied cartridges are of a fixed coil design, and handcrafted from a specially selected species of mahogany from Australia, Jarrah. The body undergoes an intricate procedure of curing between production steps to maximize sonic quality. Each cartridge is hand assembled and tested for frequency response, channel output, channel balance, phase linearity, inductance and resistance. This meticulous care in design and construction lavished on each Grado cartridge contributes to an unchallenged consistency of performance and guarantee of reliability.
 

Each model employs Grado's proprietary Optimized Transmission Line Stylus/Cantilever(OTL), which provides an ideal transfer of the signal from point to point, e.g., stylus to cantilever to magnet to coils, etc. This has been achieved by eliminating resonance at each of these key junctions. The transmission line cantilever consists of separate sections that are telescoped into each other. All sections are made of different alloys, some sections hollow, other sections solid. These sections are bonded together with materials that act as dampers, and are coated with a black proprietary material which controls and absorbs resonance which travel on the surface of the cantilever (known as skin effects). The OTL stylus/cantilever design will make your records sound quieter, improve the height, width, and depth of the soundstage, and offer more detail than previously obtainable.
 

The Reference series output is 4.0mV while the Statement series yield an m-c like 0.5mV. Grado achieves this by changing the coil configuration. Each cartridge has four coils, but Reference cartridges have 6,000 turns on the coils, while the Statements have only 380 turns. According to John Grado: 'Since we have considerably fewer turns in the Statement Series we can use a much larger size wire, thus knocking resistance from 470 ohms to 2 ohms in the Statement Series. This new wire has over 16 times more area for carrying the signal: this also shortens the distance the signal must travel from 125ft to a little over 7ft. In the Statement series we have also shortened the magnetic gap, increasing the flux density.


Reference V2 -

The newly redesigned Reference 2 cartridge features a revised coil resulting in a 17% reduction of the effective moving mass of their generating system. The hand-assembled generator is  housed within a machined Australian Jarrah wood housing . The Master 2 and Reference 2 models use a five piece OTL cantilever technology achieving an additional 5% tip mass reduction over the Platinum 2 and Sonata 2 models. The Reference 2 uses a true ellipsoid tip. All parts used in the Master and Reference models are finished in-house and polished to an extremely high tolerance. Final assembly is by hand.


REVIEWS:
 

"The Statement Reference retails for $1200, which places it amidst some astounding moving-coils. But, as the Grado blurb says if your system can be driven with a 0.5mV output phono cartridge, then you deserve to be listening to the new Grado Statement Series". I second that emotion: It is an absolute killer." - HiFi News


SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Frequency Response: 10Hz -60 kHz
  • Design: Moving Iron
  • Channel Separation at 1KHz: 40
  • Input Load: 47K
  • Output at 1KHz 5CM/sec. 0.5mV for Statement V2,  4.0mV for Reference V2
  • Recommended Tracking Force: 1.5g
  • Stylus Type: True Ellipsoid
  • Inductance: 2mH
  • Resistance: 2
  • Compliance CUs: 20
  • Stylus Replacement: Factory
  • Weight: 6.5g