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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

Ships to USA and Mexico

Grado black replacement stylus

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Great August 17, 2019
Reviewer: Frank Iaconi from Worceter, MA United States  
Great product user friendly site fast deliver

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Sounds wonderful but fighting hum July 9, 2019
Reviewer: Patrick Casey from Portland, OR United States  
Unfortunately my turntable -- a venerable Harmon Kardon HK 720 -- seems to generate some low-level but still audable hum with this cartridge. This is most noticable between tracks but doesn't seem to intrude once the music begins -- which sounds balanced, alive, and, vital for me, displays a clear and detailed sound stage -- nice air around the instruments. I enjoy classic rock, pop vocals, mid-century jazz and some classical. FWIW hum hasn't been an issue on this table with an Ortofon OM3 or a Signet cartridge. I tried moving the turntable away from my preamp and amp, which didn't help but I read of an interesting mod to move the transformer out of the turntable plinth and essentially convert it into a wall wart. I enjoy this sort of project so I'm going to give that a try.

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June 21, 2019
Reviewer: Chadwick Hood from Ooltewah, TN United States  
Sounds excellent!  Perfect replacement for my vintage Grado GC.

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Execellent Service June 10, 2019
Reviewer: Scott Knepper from Ontario , OR United States  
Thank you for the very prompt shipping.
Won't be to the location where the turntable is until late this month, but the reviews on the Black 2 were very good.

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May 23, 2019
Reviewer: John Zorzi from Irwin, PA United States  
Best cartridge and needle ever for that kind of money .

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