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CHARISMA Reference TWO MC Cartridge - Astounding Sonic Masterpiece!

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Asking Price: $2,695.00

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Ships fromCarlsbad, CA, 92010
Ships toWorldwide
Package dimensions10.0" × 8.0" × 6.0" (2.0 lbs.)
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Testimonals (on all Charisma cartridges)

"With some of the astronomical cartridge pricings in the high-end audio market and a lot of eschewed solutions, Charisma Audio Reference Two Moving Coil Cartridge deserves its own spot in the the analog world. I’m happy to award Bernard Li efforts and utmost passion that materialized in Reference Two with the Mono & Stereo Highly Recommended award."
-, 2016

"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)


The Charisma Reference Two MC Phono Cartridge
The Ref Two is a semi-nude design housed in Bocote wood. The designer, Bernard Li, points out that the strongest wood does not always produce the best sound and he’s chosen this body material for it's specific density and bending strength (modulus of rupture), aided by his panel of trusted audiophiles.

Cantilever materials are given the same scrutiny, choosing ruby as it is hard enough to maintain rigidity and light enough to have a quick transient response. In this case, minimizing the diameter to a mere .29mm. The specially formulated rubber suspension will not harden with age or humidity changes, assuring long life. Lastly, the cross-wound coils use single crystal ultra high purity copper, and has an output of .4mv, making it compatible with MC phono stages having 60dB or more of gain.

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.



•Output Voltage: 0.38 mV at 3.54 cm/sec
•Coil: Special iron crossed-coil with extremely high purity and ultra fine single crystal copper
•Cantilever: Ruby
•Stylus: Super fine line contact nude diamond
•Vertical Tracking Angle: 20 degrees
•Internal Impedance: 12 ohms
•Recommended Loading: 100 – 1,000 ohms
•Dynamic Compliance: 15 um/mN
•Frequency Response: 20 – 25,000 Hz ± 1 dB
•Channel Balance: better than 0.5 dB
•Channel Separation: better than 30 dB
•Cartridge Body: Bocote Wood
•Cartridge Weight: 7.1 g
•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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