Grado Prestige Green Standard Mount Turntable Cartridge
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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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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I decided to retire my DJ needle for a hi-fi, as I listen to record more than beat-match these days. Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by SAllison
I was very disappointed with this cartridge after reading the reviews.
I found the cartridge flat and not musical at all, there were no dynamics in the music. Read more