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Clear Audio - Stradivari V2 MC phono cartridge

Clear Audio - Stradivari V2 MC phono cartridge
Clear Audio - Stradivari V2 MC phono cartridge Clear Audio - Stradivari V2 MC phono cartridge

The Stradivari is synonymous with the absolute master-class of creating musical instruments. Our moving-coil cartridge named after the maestro allows a magnificent 90dB dynamic range from vinyl. Stradivari V2 is a masterpiece of craftsmanship, synonymous with the absolute masterclass of making musical instruments come alive through hi-fi. This moving-coil cartridge allows a 90dB dynamic range from vinyl.  Machined from long aged Ebony wood used for the main body provides great resistance to resonance and an excellent well-balanced sound, and with a new 12 ‘fingers’ design to dissipate unwanted resonance, the symmetry and clarity you get from the Clearaudio Stradivari V2 MC Cartridge is truly unbelievable.  Fitted with strong ‘Super-Neodym’ magnets and using 24K Gold coil windings, the Clearaudio Stradivari V2 actually surpasses the quality of digital equipment for reproduction! The Stradivari V2 is a fantastic example of Clearaudio’s excellence in the cartridge field and its well balanced sonic properties will leave you speechless.    TAS - The Absolute Sound:  With no discernable tendency toward edginess or bogus brilliance, this pickup is unsurpassed for sheer listenability with voices and acoustic instruments; its overall presentation has ample roundedness and body yet is detailed in a wholly natural way, with splendid air and ambience retrieval.... Tracking and suppression of surface noise are superb, dynamic range simply hair-raising. There is an overall rightness, an organic coherence about this pickup that is difficult to define but instantly evident in the listening." (review of original Stradivari)  Stereophile:  "The Stradivari produced a decidedly smooth, liquid sheen—a gliding sensation that created a satisfying sense of musical relaxation without inducing boredom. If you've ever heard a violinist playing only a few feet away from you, you know that open, "gliding" sound—it has soaring extension, yet never sounds hard and gritty, and never develops an artificial edge, even if the real edge of the instrument's sound can be pleasingly piercing.... The Stradivari managed, despite its gliding nature, to exert an engaging musical grip that seeped into the music's pores while not glossing over the grit heard in live music." (review of original Stradivari)  A reviewers comments on previous Stradivari V1 version: The Clearaudio Stradivari MC cartridge was launched in year 2005 with much fanfare, winning numerous industry awards and garnering glowing reviews. My experience with this Clearaudio cartridge started sometime in year 2007. Many of my high end vinyl kakis have this cartridge mounted on their turn tables. The impression that I always get when listening to a turn table set up mounted with this cartridge is of powerful dynamics and transient response, neutral tonal balance plus a totally quiet back ground. So when a buddy of mine decided to upgrade to the Clearaudio Goldfinger V2 earlier this year, I took over this cartridge from him. This is an early model Stradivari, we are talking about, not the current V2 designated version. It's a very light cartridge, weighting just 4.4 grams. Clearaudio provides an additional weight attachment if one requires a heavier cartridge. I mounted the cartridge on to my Linn Ittok tone arm with the weight attachment. I had the tracking force set to 2.8 grams as recommended in the manual(this was before I had a chat with Robert Suchy!). It's a medium output MC cartridge rated at 0.6 mv(Millivolt) and recommended loading setting is 300 ohms. I used the 62db gain setting on my phono stage, but felt it sounded best balanced when I loaded the cartridge at 249 ohms. The Clearaudio Stradivari is an excellent tracker. During it's time with me, no LP has managed to upset it, even the most warped, but still play able in my collection. As with my experience earlier, the sound of the Stradivari is strictly neutral in tonal balance. The high frequencies are extended, with good attack on high hats, and very realistic sounding, ....The mids are open and vocals rendered with absolute clarity...The bass is highly extended and articulated, but possibly needs to have more tracking force to show more weight. Dynamics and transient response is hugely bold and fast. It is also capable of generating a 3D like sound stage, if the recording captures it in it's vinyl groove. I must also mention the Stradivari's extra ordinary ability to dig up all, even the tiniest musical information from the LP's groove, which results in it's excellent transparency that is most true to source. In the context of my system, I've found this cartridge to have exciting and explosive thrill ride qualities. Specifications Total mass: 7,0 g Frequency response: 20 Hz - 100 kHz Stylus shape: Micro HD Cantilever: Boron Coil assembly: Absolutely symmetrical design Coil material: Gold 24 K Compliance: 15/15 µ/mN Recommended tracking force: 2.8 g Crosstalk: > 30 dB Channel balance: < 0.5 dB Output voltage: 0.7 mV (at 5 cm/sec) Coil impedance: 30 Ohm Body material: Ebony wood

$4,995.00

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What HiFi Awrad winner - the real music lover will be impressed.

The Absolute Sound - this pickup is unsurpassed for sheer listenability with voices and acoustic instruments ........I found the company’s Stradivari arguably the best of the survey and still regard it as one of the finest pickups I’ve ever heard. Its only tonal anomaly was a bit of extraversion, let us call it, at the extreme top, hardly such as to compromise neutrality, and its virtues of staggering dynamic range, life and vitality, transparency, and ability to involve were second to none. I would happily use it as a reference.…….Paul Seydor TAS (his new Reference) 



Tech Specs

Total mass: 7,0 g
Frequency response: 20 Hz - 100 kHz
Stylus shape: Micro HD
Cantilever: Boron
Coil assembly: Absolutely symmetrical design
Coil material: Gold 24 K
Compliance: 15/15 µ/mN
Recommended tracking force: 2.8 g
Crosstalk: > 30 dB
Channel balance: < 0.5 dB
Output voltage: 0.7 mV (at 5 cm/sec)
Coil impedance: 30 Ohm
Body material: Ebony wood

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