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Grado Prestige Black 1.5 Mount Turntable Cartridge

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  • Frequency Response: 10-50
  • Recommended Tracking Force: 1.5
  • Channel Separation at 1KHz: 30

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • ASIN: B0006DPP9W
  • Item model number: Prestige Black1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,702 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 4, 2008

Product Description

The Black and Green models from Grado use a three piece OTL cantilever technology, standard oxygen free wire in the coils and Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted in a brass bushing. The Green model is selected from the Black production run and meet higher test specifications. Approximately 15% of the production run will meet these standards and become Green models.

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The cart sounds crisp and clean and alive.
G. Menassas
If you like the Grado house sound, this is definitely on the shortlist of budget carts.
L. Leong
This cartridge is a great bang for the buck.
Ryan Browning

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Armando M. Mesa on December 19, 2004
I liked this little cartridge for the under the $50 mark...It's a very honest cartridge in that it does not pretend to be an elite audiophile sounding cartridge and then show it's shortcomings.Basically, it would also be a moot point in trying to compare it with Grado's high end audiophile carts such as the Sonata, Statement or Platinum models---those are way ahead of the Black in terms of everything in sound and build quality ! The Grado Prestige Black is basically an entry-level hi-fi or audiophile cartridge that begins to give you a sample of what the more expensive good stuff could be like. It's just a "whiff"...

I utilized this cart for a few months on a secondary turntable I owned. It offered a natural but not completely neutral sounding quality.There was no mind or ear fatigue whatsoever as is often the case with listening to "bright" sounding or colored sounding cartridges that tend to exaggerate the mids and higher frequencies or give off a certain resonance. There was no exaggerated boomy bass (only firm and focused bass) or ear piercing highs.Period.One of it's strengths is it's uncanny ability to reproduce the mids as well as male and female vocals with near accuracy and believability. So, for the modest price range, it does it's job exceptionally well...

Now( and here's the "honest" part), the Grado Prestige Black is going to show it's slight weakness in overcoming inner groove sound distortion and it's inability in tracking harsh consonants/sibilants. It can be "spitty" at times and depending on the quality or condition of the record. Keep in mind, for the price point, you are getting something that's a bit above average in quality if you were to compare it with other name brands in the same low budget audiophile bracket...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Connolly on February 18, 2010
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When my old Audio Technica AT12Sa cartridge in my vintage (1979) Dual 504 turntable finally died, I started looking for a replacement. Scouring web sources I found a lot of options, but digging into reviews, I found that most phono cartridges under $100 were basically horrid. One exception seemed to be Shure M97xE High-Performance Magnetic Phono Cartridge which I almost bought until I came across the Grado-Prestige Black that cost about $30 less AND was well reviewed both at Amazon and on other sites. I am not an "audiophile" but I do have a good ear, like many different kinds of music and have about a 300 disc vinyl collection. Cartridge installation was pretty easy (those nuts and screws are awfully tiny, though) and after setting stylus pressure (Shure SFG-2 Stylus Tracking Force Gauge well worth the investment for this) and anti-skating, I put a 70s era album on and was blown away by the sound -- strong bass with no boom, good solid midrange and overtones that gave the music more depth than I'd heard in years. I followed this with a 60s recording of Beethoven's 6th symphony by the Berlin Philharmonic and was similarly impressed. Clean base, great midrange and highs and better fidelity out of a record that I'd heard in years. After a bit of investigating (search for Grado Labs) I discovered Grado is a 100% U.S. company, family owned for 50 years, based in New York and VERY fussy about quality and sound. I can't recommend this product highly enough. I'm rediscovering music on records I haven't heard in years and loving it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By W. Stubler on February 8, 2008
This cartridge completely changed the music quality I got from my record collection (I went from a cheap cartridge for DJs to this). Sonic detail increased tremendously and individual sounds were more life-like sounding. This cartridge is known in the stereo/audiophile community has having audiophile-like performance at a price magnitudes below audiophile prices. An easy choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Babi Banerjee on August 4, 2010
This cartridge is an amazing deal. It sounds like a moving coil but is actually a special moving iron design. It is capable of a very detailed and natural sound with no brightness or edge that can afflict a number of moving magnet designs in this price class. The Grado can hum if you are using a turntable like a Rega or others which have unshielded motors. It works fine on my Technics, Thorens and Pioneer tables. It is not a great tracker like a Shure but much better sounding in my opinion. The Grado Black is not a big sounding cartridge, nor does it have very deep bass, although it is adequate. What it does give you are those small details that other cartridges at this price cannot.

It plays all kinds of music well but classical and opera fans are in for a treat with this very capable cartridge. Hard to go wrong at this price. I also own the more expensive Silver model in this series, which does everything better but for twice the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Curtis on April 12, 2011
Great sounding cartridge for only $60. Works and sounds fantastic on Technics 1200 turntable. NO harsh treble, just smoooooth lush music. I like the fact that when the stylus wears out, I can easily replace with a different Grado color stylus if I wish.BTW, Grado makes Excellent headphones too (I love my 325i's).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean R. on January 8, 2011
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This is the 5th Grado I have used. The first was the "new Improved" Grado back in the 60's. As a former owner of High end equipment) Mcintosh, Rega, Magnaplanar, etc. ), I decided to get back into some vinyl listening. Picked this up, and using it on a Denon DP-52F. Connected to a Cambridge Pre amp, using PBJ Interconnects, going through Okyo Amplification to Polk Towers.

Even during initial break in, the sound is warm and lifelike. Grado has a muical warmth that no other cartridge in this price range can touch, it brings out nuances with ease. WIll let you know if you need to clean your record as well!

Reccomended for Classical, Pop, and Jazz. This is not a DJ Needle. Buy for music, not scratching.
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