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"Charisma Audio's line of cartridges are winners. Highly recommended
- Noam Bronstein, Wall of Sound Feb., 2015 (read the review)
"The Charisma MC-1 Moving Coil Phono Cartridge is capable of great subtlety and delicacy
too. It offers that winning combination of relaxed assertiveness only top-notch vinyl seems to deliver. The sound is immediate, without seeming aggressively forceful or unpleasantly forward. At the same time, there's an abundance of fine detail that 'tells' in a very beguiling manner... Your vinyl collection will sound totally transformed and magnificent."
- Jimmy Hughes, HiFi+ (read the review)
"The Charisma MC-1 Moving Coil Phono Cartridge was an excellent moving coil cartridge
and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with it. At first blush, a $1095 cartridge is not what I'd call a bargain but since it offered performance awfully close to one twice as expensive, perhaps it is. Well done Charisma
- Paul Candy, Positive Feedback (read the review)
"In conclusion, I loved this cartridge. I loved its clarity, its accuracy, its wonderfully clean bass – its musicality
. I loved that I completely forgot about it, and just listened to music, and watched the pile of LPs to listen to get larger and larger... I've got a strong feeling my search for my new standard cartridge is over."
- Mark Morris, Wall of Sound (read the review)
"The $1495 Charisma Audio MC-2 moving coil cartridge sounds far better than it has any right to!
In fact, this recently introduced cartridge–and cartridge line—is undoubtedly one of today's best bangs for the buck in the once again growing world of high-end audio cartridges."
- Miles Astor, Positive Feedback, July, 2015 (read the review)
Charisma MC-1 Moving Coil Phono Cartridge
The Charisma MC-1 moving coil phono cartridge delivers a sound that combines clarity and fine detail, with excellent neutrality and an attractive tonal bloom. It has that relaxed stability and sense of authority you expect from the best, and sounds solid and focused, without seeming closed-in or constrained. Bass is tight and full, with the frequencies being airy and spacious.
The Charisma MC-1 features an open-construction alloy body, and delivers an output voltage of about 0.4mV at 3.54cm/s. It weighs in at a substantial 12g, and will therefore benefit from a tonearm having a fairly heavy counterweight. The extra body mass is deliberate, and helps impart greater stability: something enhanced by the wide body shape. It also reduces resonances, resulting in a more neutral sound. The 'open' nature of the body helps avoid cavity resonances, but leaves the coils exposed.
The cantilever is made from annealed INOX steel, and the stylus is a line contact nude diamond Dynamic compliance is given as 15µM/nM, and the suggested tracking force is 1.9g +/- 0.1g. At 315Hz, tracking ability is rated at 80µM. Recommended loading falls between 100 Ohms and 1k Ohms, and the frequency response goes from 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 1dB.
About Charisma Audio
Charisma Audio was set up in 2000 by a group of audio enthusiasts who have been in this hobby for over 25 years. Their goal is to import premium quality stereo components with incredible performance but affordable prices.
Its founder, Bernard Li, was a contributing editor of Audiotechnique, the number one audio magazine in Hong Kong, for over 14 years. His years of experience in listening and writing as well as his close relationships in the audio industry have given him the knowledge needed to select the right products for our business. Bernard began setting up turntables in the mid-70′s and is an expert in analog.
To Charisma, this is not a job, but an enthusiasm for music.
Charisma MC-1 Moving Coil Phono Cartridge
California sales subject to sales tax.
Audio Revelation, Carlsbad, CA 92010
760.434.2625. 9am-6pm PST Monday through Saturday. Visits by appointment only please.
- Cartridge Weight: 12 g
- Cantilever: titanium alloy
- Stylus: super fine line contact nude diamond
- Vertical Tracking Angle: 20 degrees
- Coil: pure iron crossed-coil with 6N OCC copper
- Output Voltage: 0.4 mV at 3.54 cm/sec.
- Internal Impedance: 13 ohms
- Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 Hz ± 1 dB
- Channel Balance: better than 0.5 dB
- Channel Separation: better than 30 dB
- Dynamic Compliance: 10 um/mN
- Recommended Loading: 100 – 1,000 ohms
- Recommended Tracking Force: 2.0 g ± 0.1 g
- Tracking Ability at 315 Hz / 2 g: 80 uM
- Recommended Tonearm Mass: medium
- Break-in Period: 50 hours
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