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Audio Note IO LTD MC Cartridge + PSU

Audio Note IO LTD MC Cartridge + PSU

Regular price £19,115.75 GBP
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*In accordance with the wishes of Audio Note, this product cannot be purchased by mail order, so will always show as 'out of stock' here, if you would like to purchase one please get in contact for more information*

*Audio Note items are supplied to order, please allow approximately 8 weeks for build time*

The Io Ltd is the most extreme cartridge Audio Note make and is the finest cartridge we know of. It disposes of the Alnico magnets found in the other models and replaces them with field coils - basically windings of wire that when a current is passed through them they generate the magnetic field. This cartridge requires an external power supply to power these field coils and also an additional two wires to the cartridge to power it - these can either be rewired into most tonearms or run along the outside of the arm tube. It’s output is lower again than the other Io’s at 0.04mV. Quite simply this is the best cartridge I’ve ever heard, it has a raw musicality that is quite unique and is totally absorbing to listen to, yet like the other Io cartridges, pinning down its sound is very difficult - it just disappears!

Technical Specifications:

Output Volateg: 0.04mV / 5cm / sec
Internal Impedance: 1 Ohm
Matching Impedance: 3-4 Ohms
Frequency Range: 10 - 50KHz, +/-2dB (dynamic test)
Separation: Greater than 30dB at 1KHz
Compliance (Typical): (horizontal) 5 - 10 µm/mN / (vertical) 5 - 10 µm/mN
Magnetic Field Strength: Electromagnetic 1,200 Gauss
Weight: 19g
Stylus Pressure: 1.5 - 4g (2.5g optimal)
Stylus: AN Type 1 Diamond

​Power Supply Output Voltage: 0.4A, 1.2V DC
Power Supply Weight: 5kg
Dimensions (HxWxD): 100mm x 300mm x 250mm

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