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Grado Prestige Green Standard Mount Turntable Cartridge

3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Frequency Response - 10-55
  • Principal - MI
  • Channel Separation at 1KHz - 30
  • Imput Load - 47K
  • Output at 1KHz 5CM/sec - 5mV
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The Grado Prestige Green Turntable Cartridge delivers pure sound from your turntable. Attach it to your tone arm and get high-powered sound. Its unique four-piece OTL cantilever technology makes your records sound quieter, improving the height, width, and depth of the soundstage. All four pieces are made of different materials, to offer more sound detail than previously obtainable. Recommended Tracking Force - 1.5 Stylus Type - E Inductance - 45mH Resistance - 475 Compliance CUs - 20 Stylus Replacement - User Weight - 5.5 ounces

Product Information

Product Dimensions 2.8 x 1.5 x 1.3 inches
Item Weight 3.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 3.2 ounces
ASIN B000G3HEWI
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3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #883 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Audio & Video Accessories > Turntable Cartridges & Needles
#2,354 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Turntables & Accessories
#48,126 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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By D. Chamberlain on November 13, 2010
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First of all, I want to point out that the Grado Prestige Green is an excellent cartridge for its sound reproduction. Trombones are not piercing, bells are soft and the bass tone reproduction is amazing. Grado's are very well designed and deliver a great value for the money.

But... (and this is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars) you need to be sure that your turntable is well matched for this or any Grado. I have a direct drive turntable with an unshielded motor, and the Grado picks up a low amplitude hum as the stylus moves closer to the spindle. This is because Grado does not shield their cartridges. I don't know why, because everything else is great about this cartridge.

If you have a belt drive turntable with a motor far away from the cartridge or your motor is shielded, you shouldn't have any problems. This will be your best investment.

Now I don't want to exaggerate the hum, because you do have to turn up the volume pretty high to hear it. I have been using it for digital restoration of vinyl and the hum comes through the preamp and sound card. I can filter it out with software without damaging the audio (noticeably). I considered a different cartridge but I love the sound of this one too much.
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When I was looking for a new cartridge for my turntable three years ago, I checked several online forums and one of the few things that they agreed on was that the Grado Prestige series was one of the best values. price vs sound quality.
The last 3 years, In my experience has proved them right.

Grado Labs Prestige series starts out with the Black cartridge these use a 3 piece cantilever assembly. The best 15% of the black cartridges in there sound quality tests are the Green cartridges.

Next up the scale are Blue and Red, these use the 4 piece cantilever assembly, with red the best 10% of the blue cartridges.

At the top of the scale are the silver and gold cartridges. these use a 4 peice cantilever assembly and a higher quality copper wire for the windings. the top 5% of the silver become the gold cartridges.

There are also a mono version, a DJ version, and two 78 rpm versions of the Prestige series.
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Replaced an old AudioTechnica cartridge with this on a circa 1980 Kenwood turntable and have been amazed at the clarity and detail in the sound. Since this was my first experience with this turntable in my system I have no basis to really compare but couldn't imagine another cartridge being able to do any better; especially not for this price range.
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Since I commented on others reviews, I'll write mine for the one I have. My second TT is the Denon DP300F auto/semi-auto turntable (probably the best non-manual made today including Thorens). I had the wonderful AT 440MLa for several years, but the brightness finally grated on men. I knew about the Grado Prestige Green for many years. The difference between the Black and Green is the stylus. Of all the diamonds used on the two cartridges, the best ones are used on the Green and the others go to the Black. They are hand built and assembled and the diamonds are sorted under a microscope to determine if the meet the standards. It has often chosen as the best buy audiophile cartridge for very expensive turntables. The sound is accurate, but not bright, and the instruments separate as if you're listening to the band/orchestra. Voices are natural and quite accurate to the point the voice will actually separate as if they recorded from a different mic (which they do if it's in a studio). I've never thought about replacing it. My other TT is the Rega RP1 (with upgrade Bias II cart, belt, platter cover). The reason I have this is because the newly cut records are heavier/thicker with deeper grooves, and the Bias II is well known for being able to extract all of the sound. Comparing the two, the Grado plays older records with less distortion, and they sound like they did when they were new, but they still play the newer records very well. Some of us just need two TTs.
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