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Clearaudio Maestro V2 Ebony Cartridge
by Neil Gader
| Sep 10th, 2013
The V2 Ebony swaps the earlier Trygon P2 stylus of the Maestro Wood with Clearaudio’s Micro HD stylus. Mounted to a solid boron cantilever, the Micro HD is ultra-low-mass, while the overall assembly is identical to the one used on all of the upper-crust Clearaudio moving-coil cartridges, including the Goldfinger Statement. In comparison to the older Maestro Wood, the Maestro V2 Ebony has a higher 4.2mV output (versus 3.6mV) and offers improved channel separation over the less expensive new models—up from >30dB to >32dB. All of this is courtesy of the improved and more powerful generator, as well as the tighter-tolerance magnets. The Maestro V2 utilizes a tonewood (i.e., ebony) chassis in an enlarged design, where the earlier Maestro used a lower-density Fernambuk wood body. Ebony, well regarded in the musical-instrument world for its extremely high density, also delivers resonance characteristics in keeping with Clearaudio’s best.
Like the Wood before it, the Maestro Ebony's wood body fully encloses the motor assembly, but the cantilever assembly is forward of the cartridge body and precariously exposed.In the interests of full disclosure, my own LP playback system hasn’t remained untouched since I reviewed the Maestro Wood five years ago. The Sota Cosmos vacuum turntable went back to the factory for a much-needed tune-up and upgrade to series IV status. Also, I’m currently using the superb John Curl-designed Parasound JC 3 phonostage as my reference and Audience Au24e impedance-matched phono cabling. The totality of these changes has made significant differences in overall neutrality and resolution. Even so, the Maestro has also made considerable strides over its forbear particularly in the area of responsiveness. There’s a light- ness and speed in the way it resolves transients. Not that its predecessor was sluggish, but the Maestro Ebony has shed some of that cartridge’s extra warmth, resulting in a more faithful and quicker sound. Like its predecessor it retains a fluidity of character that makes it sound as if the grooves of every record were pre-oiled. Throughout my listening sessions, the Maestro tracked very cleanly.
Tonally it travels straight down the rich and wide middle of the sonic spectrum. Its inherent midrange energy and overall balance bring symphonic recordings to life, unifying each section of the orchestra into the greater whole of the ensemble. It never favors a particular tonal range that might, for example, embellish strings or gild the brass section or add string section glitter to Vaughan- Williams’ WaspsOverture. At times it conveys a hint of shadowing on top, yet (and this is personal) it’s a forgiving characteristic that’s far easier on the ears than the false buoyancy created by cartridges that add detail by juicing up the treble. We’ve all heard this for ourselves when we hear a female vocalist that we’re familiar with (I like using Jennifer Warnes or early Joni Mitchell) and suddenly, with the latest and improved “it” cartridge, the vocal image appears with a sonic halo encircling the sung note, as if the mastering engineer has twisted a 5–10kHz knob a couple dB.
Reprinted from Clearaudio Website:
Clearaudio's V2 MM technology uses ebony as a resonance resistant body. Other ingredients of the recipe for success are the most effective reduction of moving mass, an optimized polishing technique for the stylus and highly effective cartridge damping.
Clearaudio began making moving-coil cartridges in the 1970s, and only later got into the moving-magnet business. Moving-magnet cartridge designers must now be mindful that most of today's tonearms are of medium to high mass and that therefore, to be compatible, their MMs must be of low to medium compliance and of higher mass than those of the 1960s and '70s.
The Clearaudio V2 moving magnet cartridges are meticulously measured, analyzed, and hand-selected into four performance levels. In this way, Clearaudio achieves the best stereo channel matching, minimum phase error and distortion, flattest frequency response and highest dynamic range at each price point.
The cartridges produce an audiophile sound of superlative quality – spatially detailed and vividly textured, with bass that does not wallow and treble that is not harsh. The models of the Clearaudio MM V2 series provide outstanding sound quality on all current tonearms.
With the exception of the MM V2 Concept, which is made of aluminum, all the cartridges in this series are made with housings of hand-polished ebony – the key to record-breaking weight values.
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FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20 Hz - 20 kHz
OUTPUT VOLTAGE (1 kHz, 5 cm/s): ∼ 3.6 mV
CHANNEL SEPARATION (1 kHz): > 30 dB
CHANNEL BALANCE (1 kHz): ≤ 0.2 dB
TRACKING ABILITY: 90 μm REC
TRACKING FORCE: (recommended: 1.8 – 2.6 g): 2.2 g ± 0.3 g
COIL IMPEDANCE (1 kHz): 0.66 kOhm
COIL INDUCTANCE 0.42 H
LOAD RESISTANCE 47 kOhm
LOAD CAPACITANCE 100 pF
CANTILEVER Boron / HD Diamond
TOTAL WEIGHT 8.4 gram
WARRANTY 2 years