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Grado Phono Cartridges

Grado is one of the oldest family-owned companies in the audio industry and has for almost half a century been a leader in design engineering for the high-end audio and recording industries. Renowned for their remarkable headphones and phono cartridges, the company holds over 48 patents and company founder, Joseph Grado, is credited as the inventor of the stereo moving coil phono cartridge. All Grado phono cartridges are hand made to Grado's full performance specifications. Acclaimed by experts as virtually the finest pickups in the world at their price points, nothing leaves the factory unless it sounds pure Grado. Elex Atelier is an authorized dealer of Grado products. We list price in accordance with Grado policy.

Grado Prestige Series phono cartridges
The Grado Prestige series of cartridges are designed for high output and excellent stability under the most demanding conditions. All of the the range uses Grado's patented Optimized Transmission Line (OTL) technology which makes your records sound quieter, improve the height width and depth of the soundstage and offer more detail than previously achievable. Grado's OTL technology is all about delivering more music, more performance. Grado cartridges are acclaimed worldwide by experts as virtually the finest pickups at their price points.

The Grado Prestige range of cartridges is split into categories:

The Grado Black cartridge and Grado Green cartridge use a three piece cantilever system coupled to an elliptical diamond mounted on a brass bush. The Grado Black cartridge uses the same mechanical components as Grado Green cartridge but is manufactured to a higher engineering tolerance resulting in an finer and extended performance.

The Grado Blue cartridge and Grado Red cartridge use an enhanced four piece cantilever system coupled to a specially designed elliptical diamond mounted on a brass bush. The Grado Blue cartridge uses the same mechanical components as Grado Red cartridge but is manufactured to a higher engineering tolerance resulting in a superior performance.

The Grado Silver cartridge and Grado Gold cartridge use a four piece OTL cantilever system, ultra-high purity long crystal oxygen free copper wire in the coils and Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted on a brass bushing. The Grado Gold cartridge is selected from the Grado Silver cartridge production run and meets higher test specifications thus resulting in superior performance. Approximately 5% of the production run will meet these standards and become Grado Gold cartridges.

Comparison of Grado Prestige Phono Cartridges

CARTRIDGE

BLACK & GREEN

BLUE & RED

SILVER & GOLD

Type

Moving magnet

Moving Magnet

Moving Magnet

Output voltage

5mV

5mV

5mV

Frequency response

10Hz - 50kHz

10Hz - 55kHz

10Hz - 60kHz

Load impedance

47 ohms

47 ohms

47 ohms

Channel separation

20dB

25dB

25dB

Tracking tip

Elliptical

Elliptical

Elliptical

Stylus tip

Replaceable

Replaceable

Replaceable

Compliance

20mm/N

20mm/N

20mm/N

Tracking force

1.0 - 2.0g

1.0 - 2.0g

1.0 - 2.0g

Recommended
Tracking force

1.5g

1.5g

1.5g

Weight

5.5g

5.5g

5.5g

Standard Mount
P-mount T4P
Price
(Same price for
Standard or P-mount)
Black - $60.00
Green - $80.00
Blue - $110.00
Red - $140.00
Silver - $190.00
Gold - $220.00


Grado Reference Series phono cartridges

Grado Reference cartridges are a fixed coil design, handcrafted at Grado Labs from specially selected species of mahogany. Unlike the Prestige series, the Grado Reference series generator/stylus module is not replaceable thus allowing a redesigned one piece magnetic circuit and a reduction of chassis resonances. Grado Reference cartridges utilize manufacturing and assembly techniques of superlative accuracy and precision. The result is virtual perfection — the finest phono cartridges in the world! To hear the celestial grace of these cartridges, we recommend that they be used with the finest equipment. 

The Grado Reference Platinum cartridge and Grado Reference Sonata cartridge use a modified four piece OTL cantilever technology achieving a 10% tip mass reduction over the Prestige series and ultra-high purity long crystal oxygen free copper wire in the coils. The Grado Reference Platinum cartridge uses Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted on a brass bushing. The Grado Reference Sonata cartridge uses Grado's specially designed nude elliptical diamond. 

The Grado Reference Master cartridge and The Reference cartridge use a modified five piece OTL cantilever technology achieving an additional 5% tip mass reduction over the Grado Reference Platinum and Grado Reference Sonata cartridges. The coils are wound with ultra-high purity long crystal oxygen free copper wire. The Grado Reference Master cartridge uses Grado's specially designed nude elliptical diamond mounted on a brass bushing. The Grado Reference cartridge uses Grado's true ellipsoid design diamond. 

Comparison of Grado Reference Phono Cartridges

CARTRIDGE

Platinum & Sonata

Reference & Master

Type

Moving magnet

Moving Magnet

Output voltage

5mV

5mV

Frequency response

10Hz - 60kHz

10Hz - 60kHz

Load impedance

47K ohms

47K ohms

Channel separation

40dB

40dB

Stylus Type

Elliptical

Elliptical

 Stylus Replacement

Factory Replaceable

Factory Replaceable

Mounting

Standard 1/2"

Standard 1/2"

Compliance

20mm/N

20mm/N

Tracking force

.075 - 2.0g

.075 - 2.0g

Recommended
Tracking force

1.5g

1.5g

Weight

6.5g

6.5g

Standard Mount
(P-mount not available)
Price
Platinum - $299.99
Sonata - $499.99
Master - $799.99
The Reference - $1,199.99

How to Order Cartridges
For orders of Grado phono cartridges within the US, the shipping and handling is FREE (Ground delivery only). Regular S&H applies to other methods of delivery. If you are buying belts at the same time, the total shipping and handling charge is $1.90. (We'll bill you for the additional if required but for most instances, this should suffice.) Shipping time will vary though the typical processing time is 1-3 days.

We ship internationally via registered airmail for our mutual protection. For all countries outside the USA, shipping and handling charge is US$13.90. If you are buying belts at the same time, the total shipping and handling charge is $14.90. (We'll bill you for the additional if required but for most instances, this should suffice.) Shipping time will vary due to varying local delivery practices. Typical turnaround time is 10-15 business days after shipment.

We accept PayPal, check, money order, and cash payment in US$ funds along with an order. For international orders, to save you time and bank fees we recommend payment via PayPal. Our receiving address is provided below.


Send your orders to:
ELEX ATELIER™
PO Box 96244, Las Vegas, NV 89193
USA
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e-mail: elex@elexatelier.com