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Grado Prestige Red2 Phono Cartridge
Grado Red2 phono cartridge - Photo by Jones Studio Ltd.

Proudly made in Brooklyn USA

Grado Direct Price: $170.00

Ships to USA and Mexico


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Description Technical Specs
The Red2 uses a four piece OTL cantilever that has a Grado specific diamond mounted on a brass bushing.

What's the difference between Blue2 and Red2?
Approximately 15% of the Blue2 production run meet higher specifications. These are hand selected from the batch and designated as Red2.

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 Red2 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 Red2 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 Red2 Replacement Stylus
Grado Direct Price: $100.00

Ships to USA and Mexico

Grado red replacement stylus

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Exceeds expectations now. December 17, 2018
Reviewer: Rickey McCoy from Cleburne, TX United States  
First, thanks for the call back regarding the tracking. It was most helpful. Arrived on Saturday, installed on Sunday. Breathed new life in older turntable. Only have a couple hours on the cartridge and can't wait for it to break in.
Originally looking at the Green but happy with the Red even for a few extra bucks, Running a Technics SL-5310 TT (from England in the 70's) through a Little Bear T7 feeding a BSR EQ to a McIntosh MHT-100 bi amped and bi-wired for Bowers and Wilkins 683 S2 three wayed. Very large sound stage and speakers disappear with Boston and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Well done and many thanks ya'll!

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The Prestige phone cartridge Red2 December 5, 2018
Reviewer: Steve Yankey from Spirit lake, ID United States  

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Grado Prestige Red2 Phono Cartridge October 20, 2018
Reviewer: Douglas George from Grand Junction, CO United States  
The reviews were correct. This cartridge sounds Very Good.

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High Quality September 19, 2018
Reviewer: Robert Carden from Mesa, AZ United States  
I am extremely pleased with the depth of the sound stage. My Conrad-Johnson preamp is known for a wide sound stage and the Prestige Red2 is a perfect compliment.

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ELAC Miracord 50H replacement cart. June 14, 2018
Reviewer: Reid wehner from Jamestown, TN United States  
This was the first time I have had to replace a cartridge on one of my phonographs.  I was at a loss trying to find something and then I came upon a comment mentioning Grado, a quick search and found your page no problem.  You have nice detailed explanations of the different cartridges available and I decided to treat myself to one of the "Prestige Red2" carts.  The product was delivered in no time with no problems and within about 5-8 minutes I had the cartridge installed and was marveling at the amazing sounds coming from my speakers.  I had never heard my records sound so rich and full of colors.  I would highly recommend your product to anyone with a discerning ear for music.  I already have my eyes on one of those Gold2's.

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