Shun Mook's experience with ebony material led to the development of a phono cartridge whose body and internal parts were all made from a specially treated black ebony. In order to make the tiny parts, no cost is spared to obtain micro machines to fabricate the Shun Mook parts.
The production is limited, so reserve yours now. Lead-time is about 1-2 weeks currently.
Shun Mook works closely with ZYX Corp of Japan and use their best R-1000 engine as the core of the cartridge. Each unit is then painstakingly tuned by actual listening in Shun Mook's preference Hi Fi system. This process usually takes about 20 hours. For analog fanatics this is a cartridge to behold.
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"...having collection of few hundreds of top cartridges was craving for this. Was skeptical enough not to buy it for five years. What can you do with $2k cartridge to make it worth $6k? The answer is voodoo exist and it calls Shun Mook Ref 2. Every penny works and from my listening experience you got another $6k in credit. It is among 5 best cartridges I've ever heard. After about 50 hours of euphoria I had enough cool to get some analysis. The most evident is resistance to static. Once the static gone everything else plays as it should. The background is darker and deeper. Sound stage is wider. That's enough to bring up true voice of recording. Another super important note the sibilants are history..."
- Victor Simakov, cartridge collector and expert
SHUN MOOK AUDIO - HAND MADE IN CALIFORNIA
Type: Moving Coil (Dynamic) "REAL STEREO" Generator System
Cryogenic Treatment Temperature: -196 ℃ (-320°F)
Output Voltage: 0.48mV (3.54cm/sec, 1kHz)
Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 100 kHz
±1dB: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Channel Separation: ＞30dB 〔1kHz〕
Channel Balance: ＜0.5dB 〔1kHz〕
Recommended Tracking Force: 2.0g
Tracking Force Range: 1.7g - 3.0g
EQ Compliance horizontal: 15×10-6cm/dyne
Internal Impedance: 8.0 Ω
Load Impedance: ＞100Ω
Cantilever Material: Boron solid φ 0.30mm
Stylus: Micro-Ridge Solid Diamond 0.07mm
Contact Radius / Life Time: 3μm×60μm, 2000Hour/2.0g
Output Terminals: φ1.25mm gold plated
Net Weight: 8.5g