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Grado Prestige Black2 Phono Cartridge
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Proudly made in Brooklyn USA

Grado Direct Price: $75.00

Ships to USA and Mexico


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Description Technical Specs
The Black2 uses a three piece OTL cantilever that has a Grado specific diamond mounted on a brass bushing.

What's the difference between Black2 and Green2?
Approximately 15% of the Black2 production run meet higher specifications. These are hand selected from the batch and designated as Green2.

Grado’s OTL, or optimized transmission line, technology provides an ideal transfer of signal from the surface of the LP to the generator of the system. This technology rejects unwanted resonances and lowers distortion preserving the fundamental and harmonic frequencies of the music. This also helps keep noise generated by the motor system in the cartridge to a minimum.

Grado’s OTL stylus/cantilever design makes records sound quieter, improves the height, width, and depth of the soundstage, and present more detail than previously obtainable.

The Black2 is hand assembled by Grado's team in Brooklyn, with some builders having over 25 years of experience. This updated series of cartridges offers excellent tonal balance, dynamics, and realism, for a most rewarding reproduction of vocals and instruments. The coil winding techniques using ultra high purity copper wire, which were honed during the development of the Lineage Series, have let the electrical circuits achieve unison between the four coils in each phono cartridge. This allows for a precise balance between channels and accurate stereo imaging.

As in all Grado phono cartridges the Black2 is powered by a twin magnet system that optimizes the balance between stereo channels. All internal magnetic circuit parts are held to extremely high tolerances creating the desired stereo imaging. Grado’s patented Flux-Bridger design allows the Black2 to have one of the lowest effective moving mass generating systems while creating an excellent balance throughout the full frequency range.

Grado Prestige Black2 Replacement Stylus
Grado Direct Price: $50.00

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Grado black replacement stylus

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March 14, 2018
Reviewer: Joshua Paquette from Groton, CT United States  
Super fast shipping and the cart sounds great on my sld2 and KD2077!

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Grado Prestige Black2 Phono Cartridge February 17, 2018
Reviewer: Michael Fisher from FLUSHING, NY United States  
This $75 cartridge proves you don't have to spend a fortune to get excellent sound.

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Grado Black Cartridge February 15, 2018
Reviewer: Michael Craft from Ohio United States  
Ordering was easy  and delivery was timely. I'm very happy at the quality of cartridge in this price range.
The Grado Black tracks flawlessly and sounds great! So happy with this purchase.

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Great sound February 10, 2018
Reviewer: Jesse English from Cleveland, TN United States  
I've only had the Black2 on for a week or so, and I've been really enjoying the sound. I think it's a clear upgrade over the previous version of the Black cartridge. Thanks to Grado for offering such a great value!

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cartridge upgrade February 8, 2018
Reviewer: Brian Culhane from Sayville, NY United States  
Having recently set up a Dual turntable with a new cartridge, for my daughter. I realized what a difference a good cartridge can make.  My own TT is a mediocre HH Scott ps59c that i picked up cheap before the vinyl revival, it was time to try a new cartridge.  After looking at the range of options from cheap to expensive, the Grado Black 2 was in the right price range.  ordering was easy and the cartridge arrived quickly. Installation was easy and I am very happy with the performance.  I'm no audiophile and my old ears do not have the frequency range that they used, but i think the cartridge sounds great.  Some time I would like to plug in a higher end cartridge and see if my ears can tell the difference.

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