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The Opus3 was built specifically to bring the entry-level and the mid-range phono cartridges closer together, creating an even tighter ecosystem of cartridges. Grado worked on the Opus3 as a cost-effective wooden cartridge while taking advantage of the techniques and processes used in the higher-end models. If taking a step up in your turntable setup is on your to-do list, start here.

The Opus3 is nestled inside a Maple housing. After years of experience with Maple from the Heritage and Statement Series headphones, Grado decided it was time to bring it to a turntable. Maple produces a vibrant and luscious sound, while staying consistent and clear. Through a variation of thermal aging processes, the housing gains the ability to better dampen and control the resonant frequencies.

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5 of 5 Great for classical music and vocal July 3, 2020
Reviewer: Jim Fuquay from Arlington , TX United States  
This purchase was occasioned by my new Pass Pearl 2, my first stand-alone phono preamp. It has 55 dB gain, too much for my Ortofon 2M Red’s 5.5 mV output. So I started looking for a new cartridge. My Debut Carbon doesn’t have adjustable VTA, so I stayed away from MC carts that required VTA adjustment. The Timbre Opus has the same height as my Red, so no changes needed. The Timbre line has both high output, 4 mV, and low, 1 mV. So I went with the 1mV option, and it’s a good pairing with the Pearl 2. I’ve got Grado headphones, but never a Grado cart. I was intrigued by the MI structure and figured Grado would shoot for the same balanced tone with their carts as the headphones. I love piano recordings, and the Opus handles the sound nicely. Just an uncolored sound across the Keyboard frequency range . So I’m happy with it. The maple body? I’m not sure what it adds, but my wife thinks it’s very cool.

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5 of 5 Opus-3 Phono Cartridge. July 3, 2020
Reviewer: Gerard Guarneri from Floral Park, NY United States  
Though I have not actually listened to it yet, I am sure that if it preforms as well as other Grado cartridges I have purchased, I will be more than satisfied with it.  It is very large though, which I like.  You could make ordering the cartridges easier, though, by not requiring one to create an account and signing in everytime.  Other places allow people to check out as guests with no sign in.  I hate having to remember my user name and password everytime I make a purchase

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5 of 5 June 15, 2020
Reviewer: Stacy Jackson from Venice, FL United States  

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5 of 5 Grado Opus 3 impressions April 12, 2020
Reviewer: Lawrence Hilgert from New Bern, NC United States  
This is a superb cartridge. Overall balance is excellent with vocals and acoustic instruments very lifelike. I don't believe any other cartridge at this price point or relatively higher could compete with the listenable character of the Opus3.

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