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KAB supplies Grado to USA only
All Grado cartridges now use a derivation of the moving iron principle which incorporate the following patented inventions:
  • OPTIMIZED TRANSMISSION LINE cantilever technology,
  • PIVOTED FIXED AXIAL STYLUS-GENERATOR MODULE
  • FLUX-BRIDGER GENERATOR SYSTEM

Grado's OTL provides an ideal transfer of the signal from point to point, e.g., stylus to cantilever to magnet to coils, etc. This has been achieved by eliminating resonance at each of these key junctions

The transmission line cantilever consists of separate sections that are telescoped into each other. All sections are made of different alloys, some sections hollow, other sections solid. These sections are bonded together with materials that act as dampers, and are coated with a black proprietary material which controls and absorbs resonances that travel on the surface of the cantilever (known as skin effects). The OTL stylus/cantilever design will make your records sound quieter, improve the height, width, and depth of the soundstage, and offer more detail than previously obtainable. Cartridge Holography does exist...and that is what Grado's OTL technology is all about, more performance.
Fewer coil turns allow Grado cartridges to have lower mass and lower electrical inductance, making them insensitive to tone arm cable capacitance. The four gap design is perfectly balanced and eliminates magnetic residue which contributes to increasing distortion over longer time periods. Grado cartridges reduce distortions that cause listeners fatigue.

Each individual cartridge manufactured by Grado is hand assembled and tested for frequency response, channel output, channel balance, phase linearity, inductance and resistance. This meticulous care in design and construction lavished on each Grado cartridge contributes to an unchallenged consistency of performance and guarantee of reliability.

Grado Prestige Series
Grado Prestige Series The Prestige series of cartridges are designed for high output and excellent stability under severe use. A considerable tip mass reduction results in a frequency range to 50 kHz and beyond and tracking forces from 1-2 grams. Acclaimed by experts as virtually the finest pickups in the world at their price.








Grado P Mount Style







PRESTIGE SERIES- Standard Mount

Model       Price   Cantilever  Wire   Specs  Stylus Tip
Black1      $70.00   3-OTL      OFC    STD    Elliptical   Click To Buy Now 
Green1 $90.00 3-OTL OFC STD+ Elliptical Click To Buy Now Blue1 $120.00 4-OTL OFC STD Elliptical Click To Buy Now
Red1 $160.00 4-OTL OFC STD+ Elliptical Click To Buy Now
Silver1 $210.00 4-OTL UHPLC STD Elliptical Click To Buy Now
Gold1 $240.00 4-OTL UHPLC STD+ Elliptical Click To Buy Now PRESTIGE SERIES P-Mount Model Price Cantilever Wire Specs Stylus Tip Black1 $70.00 3-OTL OFC STD Elliptical Click To Buy Now
Green1 $90.00 3-OTL OFC STD+ Elliptical Click To Buy Now Blue1 $120.00 4-OTL OFC STD Elliptical Click To Buy Now
Red1 $160.00 4-OTL OFC STD+ Elliptical Click To Buy Now

Specifications for Prestige Series
OUTPUT 5cm/S:5mV
FREQ RANGE:10Hz - 50kHz(Black) 
55kHz(blue) 60kHz(silver)
LATERAL COMPLIANCE:20 uM/mN
CHANNEL SEPARATION: 30dB
STYLUS TYPE: Elliptical 
KAB GOLD1: Paratrace Line Contact
REC. TRACKING FORCE: 1.5 Gr
LOAD IMPEDANCE: 47kOhm  
COIL INDUCTANCE: 45 mH
COIL RESITANCE: 475 Ohms         
CARTRIDGE WEIGHT: 5.5 Grams 
These newly redesigned cartridges have had their coil design reconfigured, and the effective moving mass of their generating system has been reduced by 17%. The major differences evolve around different cantilevers and different coil wire purity.

The Black1 and Green1 models use a three piece OTL cantilever technology, standard oxygen free wire in the coils and Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted in a brass bushing. The Green1 model is selected from the Black1 production run and meets higher test specifications. Approximately 15% of the production run will meet these standards and become Green1 models.

The Blue1 and Red1 models use a four piece OTL cantilever technology, standard oxygen free wire in the coilsand Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted on a brass bushing. The Red1 model is selected from the Blue1 production run and meets higher test specifications. Approximately 10% of the production run will meet these standards and become Red1 models.

The Silver1 and gold1 models use a four piece OTL cantilever technology, ultra-high purity long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper wire in the coils and Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted on a brass bushing. The Gold1 model is selected from the Silver1 production run and meets higher test specifications. Approximately 5% of the production run meet these standards and become Gold1 models.
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Grado Reference Series (Hi Output)
Grado Reference Series These series of wooden cartridges are a fixed coil design, hand-crafted at our labs from a specially selected species of mahogany. An intricate procedure of curing is done between production steps to achieve optimal sonic quality. Unlike the Prestige series, these series generator/stylus module is not replaceable allowing a redesigned one piece magnetic circuit and a reduction of chassis resonances. The Statement and Reference series utilizes manufacturing and assembly techniques of fantastic accuracy and precision, the result is virtual perfection in a phono pickup resulting in the finest pickups in the world without exception. Should be used only with the finest equipment. Recommended tracking force 3/4 to 2 grams.



REFERENCE SERIES

Model         Price    Cantilever Wire   Diamond                                   
Platinum1-R   $350.00  4-OTL      UHPLC  Bonded     Click To Buy Now 
Sonata1-R     $600.00  4-OTL      UHPLC  Nude       Click To Buy Now 
Master1-R     $1000.00 5-0TL      UHPLC  Nude       Click To Buy Now 
Reference1-R  $1500.00 5-OTL      UHPLC  Ellipsoid  Click To Buy Now 

Specifications for Reference Series
OUTPUT 5cm/S:4mV
FREQ RANGE:10Hz - 60kHz
LATERAL COMPLIANCE:20 uM/mN
CHANNEL SEPARATION: 40dB
STYLUS TYPE: 
Elliptical(Platinum1,Sonata1)
Nude Elliptical (Master1)           
True Ellipsoid (Reference1) 
REC. TRACKING FORCE: 1.5 Gr
LOAD IMPEDANCE: 47kOhm  
COIL INDUCTANCE: 45 mH
COIL RESITANCE: 475 Ohms         
CARTRIDGE WEIGHT: 6.5 Grams 
The newly redesigned Master1 and Reference1 cartridges have had their coil design reconfigured,
and the effective moving mass of their generating system has been reduced by 17%.
All this is hand-assembled within a machined, new processed, Australian Jarrah wood housing.
The Master1 and Reference1 models use a five piece OTL cantilever technology achieving an
additional 5% tip mass reduction over the Platinum1 and Sonata1 models.
The coils are wound with ultra-high purity long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper wire.
The Master1 model is mounted with Grado's specially designed nude elliptical diamond,
and the Reference1 model uses Grado's true ellipsoid design diamond.
For best peformance, the stylus is permanantly attached to the cartridge, but can be Retipped by Grado
See the replacement stylus section below.
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Grado Statement Series (Low Output)
Grado Reference Series These series of wooden cartridges are a fixed coil design, hand-crafted at our labs from a specially selected species of mahogany. An intricate procedure of curing is done between production steps to achieve optimal sonic quality. Unlike the Prestige series, these series generator/stylus module is not replaceable allowing a redesigned one piece magnetic circuit and a reduction of chassis resonances. The Statement and Reference series utilizes manufacturing and assembly techniques of fantastic accuracy and precision, the result is virtual perfection in a phono pickup resulting in the finest pickups in the world without exception. Should be used only with the finest equipment. Recommended tracking force 3/4 to 2 grams.





STATEMENT SERIES

Model         Price    Cantilever  Wire   Diamond
Platinum1-S   $350.00  4-OTL       UHPLC  Bonded     Click To Buy Now 
Sonata1-S $600.00 4-OTL UHPLC Nude Click To Buy Now Master1-S $1000.00 5-OTL UHPLC Nude Click To Buy Now
Reference1-S $1500.00 5-OTL UHPLC Ellipsoid Click To Buy Now Statement1 $3500.00 Boron GOLD SPCL Click To Buy Now

Specifications for Statement Series
OUTPUT 5cm/S:0.5mV
FREQ RANGE:10Hz - 75kHz
LATERAL COMPLIANCE:20 uM/mN
CHANNEL SEPARATION: 45dB
STYLUS TYPE: 
Elliptical(Platinum1,Sonata1)
Nude Elliptical (Master1)           
True Ellipsoid (Reference1)
Special Cut (Statement1)
Gold wire and Boron Cantilever(Statement1) 
REC. TRACKING FORCE: 1.5 Gr
LOAD IMPEDANCE: 47kOhm  
COIL INDUCTANCE: 2 mH
COIL RESITANCE: 2 Ohms         
CARTRIDGE WEIGHT: 7 Grams 
There are physical differences between the Reference cartridges and the new Statement cartridges. Each Grado cartridge has four coils. The Reference series cartridges have a total of 6,000 turns of wire on the coils. The Statement series has a total of 380 turns. Since we have considerably fewer turns in the Statement series, we can use a much larger size wire. This new wire has over 16 times more area for carrying the signal; it also lowers the resistance from 470 ohms in the Reference series to 2 ohms in the Statement series. Fewer turns of wire on the coils shortens the distance the signal must travel from 125 feet to a little more than 7 feet. In the Statement series we have also shortened the magnetic generating gap in the stylus, increasing the flux density. The Statement1 utilizes reconfigured gold coil wires, a lower mass faster generating system, a boron cantilever and a diamond cut specially for Grado. All this is hand-assembled within a machined, new processed, Australian Jarrah wood housing.
What will be heard from these differences? The new Statement series will have a sound that is wide open, uncolored, with better definition and transparency and increased dynamics. The Statement series offers enhanced tracking with improved imaging and more musical information. All of this, along with Grado's usual warm, smooth, full bodied, non-fatiguing and rich sound qualities. If your system can be driven with a 0.5 mV output phono cartridge, then you deserve to be listening to the new Grado Statement Series.

For best peformance, the stylus is permanantly attached to the cartridge, but can be Retipped by Grado
See the replacement stylus section below.
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Grado 78 RPM Series
Grado Prestige Series The Prestige Series of 78-RPM cartridges are designed for high output and excellent stability under even severe use. Each cartridge can be used for either archival or casual play without concern for undue wear on the record. All Grado 78 cartridges have a considerable reduction in tip mass resulting in extended frequency response while tracking forces can range from 2-5 grams. The experts acclaim these cartridges as virtually the finest 78-rpm cartridges in the world.







78 RPM SERIES
78C  $90.00   Click To Buy Now 
78E $150.00 Click To Buy Now


Specifications for Prestige 78 RPM Series
OUTPUT 5cm/S:5mV
FREQ RANGE:10Hz - 50kHz
LATERAL COMPLIANCE:10 uM/mN
CHANNEL SEPARATION: 30dB
STYLUS TYPE: Spherical 
REC. TRACKING FORCE: 2 - 5 Gr
LOAD IMPEDANCE: 47kOhm  
COIL INDUCTANCE: 45 mH
COIL RESITANCE: 475 Ohms         
CARTRIDGE WEIGHT: 5.5 Grams 
The Prestige model 78C uses a three-piece OTL cantilever technology, oxygen free wire in the coils and a specially designed, high polished conical/spherical 3 mil. diamond mounted in a brass bushing

The Prestige model 78E uses a modified four piece OTL cantilever technology, oxygen free wire in the coils and a specially designed, high polished, conical/spherical 3 mil. diamond mounted in a brass bushing
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Grado Mono Series
Grado Prestige Series There are many analog lovers with record collections that include mono albums. At Grado we strive to have products that will fit all the needs of the analog enthusiast. So now, Grado offers two new cartridge models in a mono version. The MC+ and the ME+ are mounted with an elliptical diamond. The ME+ uses one of GRADO's upgraded generating systems. This will make your records quieter and enhance the musical pleasure of these recordings.







MONO SERIES
MC+  $90.00    Click To Buy Now 
ME+ $150.00 Click To Buy Now


Specifications for Prestige Mono Series
OUTPUT 5cm/S:5mV
FREQ RANGE:10Hz - 50kHz
LATERAL COMPLIANCE:20 uM/mN
CHANNEL SEPARATION: 30dB
STYLUS TYPE: Elliptical 
REC. TRACKING FORCE: 1.5 Gr
LOAD IMPEDANCE: 47kOhm  
COIL INDUCTANCE: 45 mH
COIL RESITANCE: 475 Ohms         
CARTRIDGE WEIGHT: 5.5 Grams 
The Prestige model MC+ uses a three-piece OTL cantilever technology, oxygen free wire in the coils and a specially designed, high polished conical/spherical 3 mil. diamond mounted in a brass bushing

The Prestige model ME+ uses a modified four piece OTL cantilever technology, oxygen free wire in the coils and a specially designed, high polished, conical/spherical 3 mil. diamond mounted in a brass bushing
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Replacement Stylus & Cross Reference  
FTR = GTR = NO LONGER AVAILABLE  
FCR = GCR = NO LONGER AVAILABLE  
FTE = GTE = NO LONGER AVAILABLE  
FCE = GCE = NO LONGER AVAILABLE  
FTE+1 = GTE+1 = MTE+1 = XTE+1 = ZTE+1 = BLACK1 $35.00 Click To Buy Now
FCE+1 = GCE+1 = MCE+1 = XCE+1 = ZCE+1 = GREEN1 $45.00 Click To Buy Now
F3E+ = GF3E+ = MF3E+ = XF3E+ = ZF3E+ = BLUE1 $60.00 Click To Buy Now
F2+ = GF2+ = MF2+ = XF2+ = ZF2+ = RED1 $80.00 Click To Buy Now
F1+ = GF1+ = MF1+ = XF1+ = ZF1+ = SILVER1
G+ = M+ = X+ = Z+ = SILVER1 $95.00 Click To Buy Now
G1+ = M1+ = X1+ = Z1+ = GOLD1
G2+ = M2+ = X2+ = Z2+ = GOLD1 $120.00 Click To Buy Now
          78C $50.00 Click To Buy Now
Retip Service For Statement and Reference Series    
Order here and send cartrdige back to KAB.         Platinum $240.00 Click To Buy Now
          Sonata1 $400.00 Click To Buy Now
          Master1 $670.00 Click To Buy Now
          Reference1 $1000.00 Click To Buy Now
          Statement1 $2350.00 Click To Buy Now
          78E $90.00 Click To Buy Now
          MC+ $50.00 Click To Buy Now
          ME+ $90.00 Click To Buy Now
          DJ100i $70.00 Click To Buy Now
          DJ200i $120.00 Click To Buy Now
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