Grado Prestige Phono Cartridges - Affordable Hifi
Grado Green1 & Black1 Prestige Phono Cartridges
The best sounding cartridges under $100
Grado has been making phono cartridges in Brooklyn, NY since 1953, where the late Joseph Grado invented the stereo coil cartridge and was awarded over 40 gloriously hifi patents. It's no wonder then that even the most affordable in the Grado line outperforms cartridges twice the price.
These cartridges are clear and balanced and make for a great introduction to the Grado sound. They have a relatively high sensitivity rating and recommended tracking force of about 1.5 grams making these great options for beginner and basic turntable setups.
The Black1 is an affordable, quality stock cartridge upgrade while the select Green1 treats the bass with more precision and opens the mids, making it an audible $20 difference between models.
The Green1 model is selected from the Black1 production run and meets higher test specifications. Approximately 15% of the production run will meet these standards and become Green1 models. Both models have replaceable styli.
From the Grado website:
The newly redesigned Black1 and Green1 have had their coil design reconfigured, and the effective moving mass of their generating system has been reduced by 17%. The Black1 and Green1 models use a three piece OTL cantilever technology, standard oxygen free wire in the coils and Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted in a brass bushing.
Green1 & Black1
Frequency Response: 10-50 Principal: MI
Channel Separation at 1KHz: 30
Input Load: 47K
Output at 1KHz 5CM/sec.: 5mV
Recommended Tracking Force: 1.5
Stylus Type: E
Compliance CUs: 20
Stylus Replacement: U
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