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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 Black Replacement Stylus
Grado Direct Price: $50.00

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Grado black replacement stylus

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Love it. January 17, 2018
Reviewer: G from Chicago , IL United States  
I’m using the P-mount version of this cartridge on a Sony Ps-Lx 240. The sound quality is night and day. Love hearing my records on this turntable.

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Grado Prestige Black 2 January 15, 2018
Reviewer: Rob from Staten Island, NY United States  
Excellent value!  Clean natural sound once again!  I called them for advise for a pre-amp to pair with this cartridge.  Everything worked out well.  Very satisfied.

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Fantastic January 15, 2018
Reviewer: Joseph Long from HARTFORD, CT United States  
I love the new Grado Prestige2 line.  These are fantastic cartridges—so much better than the previous two Prestige lines.  The high end is present, clear and musical, finally joining the glorious midrange and generous bass for a more balanced sound.  Tracking is excellent, too.  For $75, you can’t beat it.   I want from a disappointed Grado skeptic to purchasing four Prestige models shortly after trying the Black2.  I recommend it to anyone who is looking for an excellent cartridge.  P Mount Black2 is just as good on my Technics DD P Mount table, but tracking force must be adjusted accordingly to at least 1.5g tracking force—a bit higher than T4P spec.  I also got the Gold2 which brings more refinement to the Prestige2 line sound still for a modest investment considering what company it can keep.

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