Koetsu Azule Platinum Moving Coil Cartridge

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Koetsu Azule Platinum Moving Coil Cartridge - Koetsu cartridges certainly are not cheap, and they are probably not the most revealing pickups out there, but they do something magical unlike any other cartridge, if you want to experience real warmth, texture and smoothness without a hint of brightness to your vinyl then Koetsu could be for you, Koetsu cartridges have a timbral richness with a clarity and presence that just makes everything sound real, you can’t ask for more than that. All Koetsu’s are hand made in small numbers many using precious materials which all adds to the mystery of Koetsu and why many people would not own any other cartridge than a Koetsu.


As with all the Platinum series of Koetsu cartridges, it uses a set of very tightly matched Platinum-alloy magnets.  
For such delicate work, Koetsu Japan specially commissioned a craftsman to handle the task.  The final design was chosen after assessing many prototypes. 
Koetsu Japan had long held the belief that the best way of eliminating interface issues between the stylus and cantilever is to build the complete assembly out of a solid piece of  material.  They decide to pursue this belief by crafting the stylus/cantilever assembly out of a solid piece of diamond!
Every audiophile music lover knows of the legendary sound of Koetsu phono cartridges from decades past. Those old enough to have experienced Sugano's Koetsus retain the memory of a musical experience unequaled. Few were privileged to own and enjoy a Koetsu. Many of the converted searched out second and third Koetsus, assuring a long, cherished relationship.
- Body: Dumortierite
- Type: Moving coil
- Coil wiring: Silverplated copper
- Magnet: Platinum magnet
- Stylus type: Proprietary
- Cantilever: Boron cantilever
- Output volts: 0.3 mV 
- Frequency response: 20-100,000 Hz
- Channel balance at 1 kHz: Better than 0.5 dB
- Channel separation at 1 kHz: Better than 25 dB
- Inner impedance: 5 Ohm 
- Cantilever: High strength boron
- Recommeded impedance: 30 Ohm 
- Weight: 12.5 g
- Compliance: 5 x 10-6 cm/dyne at 100 Hz

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