Allnic Audio "Puritas" Moving Coil Phono Cartridge. Original packaging including wooden box and level. Extremely low hours. Just came back from re-tipping by Soundsmith (http://www.sound-smith.com/index.php).
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Allnic Puritas, the Benchmark.
Mr Kang Su Park can only make two of these a day!
PRINCIPAL FEATURES OF THE PURITAS
cartridge manufacturers boast of using special materials, good tips and
solid bodies, etc, and not of their superior conception, that is, of
the rationale for their cartridges’ design and construction.
STRUCTURE MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE
First, every LP
record master is engraved using an LP cutting lathe's cutter head. The
Puritas moving coil (MC) cartridge is designed to reproduce music via a
mechanism that emulates the LP cutting lathe's cutter head, of course,
however, with a diamondstylus that tracks the record grooves’ faces,
rather than with a diamond chisel for cutting the grooves into the
vinyl. Third, iron is about nine times heavier than poly carbonate, so a
conventional iron bobbin reacts with far less agility to the musical
grooves of a vinyl record than one made of hollow polycarbonate. Fourth,
as a cantilever moves along the vinyl’s grooves, it needs a pivot.
Conventional MC cartridges’ coils are located near the pivot because of
their heavy moving mass. Because of its lighter moving mass, relative to
conventional MC cartridges, the Allnic Puritas’s coils are nearer to
the diamond stylus. The result for the Puritas is increased coil
vibration capability and, therefore, more detailed audio reproduction.
Please refer to Figure 3. In addition, the Puritas’ cantilever’s length
meets the same specification as for a cutting head.The Puritas also features a:
- solid ebony body
- solid boron cantilever
- zinc mounting plate
- MicroRidge stylus
- weight of 11 grams
At the end of this manual is a chart that summarizes comparisons and
contrasts among the Puritas, a cutting head, and a more conventional MC
cartridge. While the user can expect the Puritas to perform
exceptionally well on its first plays, the first hours are not a true
indication of what the Puritas can deliver when properly set up and
“brokenin.” Experience indicates that the Puritas will continually
improve over a minimum of forty (40) hours of playing time, reaching a
level of performance well beyond its initial one, andwe believe well
beyond that of most MC phono cartridges.