EX300 – Analog Relax looked to Romania for the body of the EX500, which is made of the finest hard maple, found primarily in that country. Just as the EX2000 pays homage to Stradivarius, so does the wood of the EX500 acknowledge the neck backboards of the finest violins which are fashioned from this maple.
EX300 Phono Cartridge – AR-MCC-EX300
Analog Relax is insistent about the use of wood for its cartridge bodies, employed in all their models including the entry-level EX300. The housing of the EX300 was carefully selected from solid walnut, which is the wood sometimes used for guitars for its tonal characteristics. The body consists of a particular high-grade walnut which is often used for the neck, back and sides of a guitar, hewn from solid. By using natural beeswax for finishing, a deep colour unique to walnut is created, adding to the overall desirability of the EX300. EX300 can reproduce all genres of music with equanimity, from jazz to orchestral, unplugged to amplified. Its personality is characterised by exceptional retrieval of detail and the conveying of power, notable especially for establishing a solid foundation in the mid to low frequency range.
EX300 adapted newly developed “IF adhesive” technology for stronger integration of the stylus and cantilever, also the body housing consists of high-grade walnut that is often used to the neck, back and sides of a guitar and is shaving out from the solid wood.
Adoption of newly developed “IF adhesive” stylus tip fixation for precise and powerful sound
Previously, no attention was paid to fixing the stylus tip and cantilever. It’s natural because it is a world where is invisible to the naked eye. However, it is an undeniable fact that considerable pressure has been applied on the fixed part of the stylus tip and cantilever over a long period of time during playing a record. Therefore, reviewing the fixed part of stylus tip and cantilever was the starting point of this time development of EX300. What we found during the test was that although it is micro level, there is adverse effect on the sound due to wobbling at the junction of the stylus and cantilever. And the result of trial-and-error, we have developed new adhesive material and bonding procedure of “IF adhesive”. IF adhesive is a new adhesive method in which very fine diamond particles are mixed with a special adhesive to fill the space between the stylus tip and the cantilever hole. By integrating the stylus tip and cantilever firmly, it is possible that the amount of information and the presence can be improved dramatically.
Tone Wood for musical instruments Solid walnut used for body
We also obsessed about the wood material of the body housing for this time too as other models. The body housing of the EX300 adopted carefully selected from solid walnut, which is the tone wood used for the guitar. By using beeswax derived from nature for finishing, a deep color peculiar to walnut is created, which makes you feel even more excited.
EX300 is suitable to payback any kind music category, it is characterized by sound precision and powerful sound reproduction with a solid foundation in the mid to low frequency range. It goes especially well with guitars made of the same wooden material.
・All products are made by artisans within Japan.
・The solid wood body is made with natural materials, there will be differences in color, grain, weight, etc. between products.
・The body color of the grains will change with age.