Van den Hul NEWEST TOP Stradivarius Colibri MC Cartridge 0.38mV. This is the review sample and was factory completely gone through and (as new with factory warranty).
(see Positive Feedback's rave review) @:
The COLIBRI STRADIVARIUS:
va den Hul's top model custom handbuilt phono cartridge, matched crystal gold coils and 0.38 mV/channel output.
a result of phono cartridge builder A.J. van den Hul’s continuous
research into improving his phono cartridge designs The COLIBRI has seen
the light of day.
COLIBRI STRADIVARIUS is the improved successor to our GRASSHOPPER
“BEAUTY” series of phono cartridges where many building components have
been removed in a highly successful quest to return to the plain essence
of phono excellence.
result is an unbelievably straightforward sounding “clean and open”
design, in all its aspects bearing much resemblance to the “Colibri”
named tropical bird’s swiftness, elegance and beauty; Hence the
Compared to our GRASSHOPPER “BEAUTY” series the following differences stand out:
minimizing and adapting the cartridge’s total magnetic circuit the
related distortion and (Barkhausen) noise have undergone a considerable
decrease. This opens up many subtle sound details that never have been
heard before; Especially the decay of instrument sounds now stands out
much more clearly in the music’s totality.
to the minimization of the cartridge’s total magnetic circuit the
cartridge’s mass has been reduced. Together with the possibility to tune
the cartridge’s static compliance on special customer demand it is now
possible to use very light tonearms whilst maintaining a very good
removing the frontpole is has been possible to apply an even shorter
cantilever; This further improves the groove-modulation-transduction’s
directness and accuracy.
• Due to the minimal magnetic design the output voltage has slightly reduced.
The COLIBRI STRADIVARIUS:
XG Version: (X = cross shaped modulator, G = matched crystal Gold wire coils)
• Output voltage: 0.38 mV/channel
• Stradivarius has Koa Wood body with Stradivarius Formula Laquer Coating.
This May go into Weinhart Design's Reference system as the smaller van den Hul Crimson XGW Stradivarius MC Cartridge is ALREADYCLEARLY one of the finest cartridges we have ever had and or heard ! ! !
Hot Tip: Today David
Shreve our Mobil Analog expert & David Weinhart did a cartridge
shoot out and were floored by the liquid natural sound and this needs to
be on any serious Analog listeners shortest list !
! ! ! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ! ! !
The van den Hul Crimson
XGW Stradivarius is a top performance custom hand-built moving coil
phono cartridge. A crossbreed of van den Hul's Canary and Condor
cartridges, the Stradivarius is the latest creation from A.J. van den
"The Crimson XGW Stradivarius is the best balanced cartridge ever built by van den Hul!" - A.J. van den Hul
The van den Hul Crimson:
XGW Stradivarius MC Phono Cartridge features a Koa Wood Body treated
with 400 year old formula Stradivarius lacquer that gives it a rigid,
hard shell that results in superior sonics and an amazing sound! The
Stradivarius also features a relatively high (0.9mV) output, 24 karat
gold coils, a Samarium-Cobalt magnet, extended channel separation and
superb tracking ability!
• 24K Gold Coils
• Proprietary van den Hul 1s Stylus
• Boron Cantilever
• Koa Wood Body treated with 400 year old formula Stradivarius lacquer
Stylus Shape: VDH 1S
Stylus Radii: 2 x 85 Micron
Frequency Range: 5-55,000 Hz
Tracking Force: 1.35-1.5 Grams
Anti-Skating Force: 0.4-0.6 Grams
Static Compliance: 35 Micron/mN
Tracking Ability: 70-80 Micron
Channel Unbalance: Less Than 0.3dB
Channel Separation: Greater Than 36/30dB
Stylus Tip Mass: 0.32 Milligram
System Weight: 8.75 Grams
Load Capacitance: Non Critical
Load Impedance: 25 Omhs-47 kOhms
Optimum Load Impedance: 25-250 Ohms
Effective Tonearm Mass: 10-16 Grams
MC Resistance: 13 Ohms
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