Grado The Reference 1 Moving Iron Cartridge

Grado The Reference 1 Moving Iron Cartridge

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Grado The Reference 1 Moving Iron Cartridge

Handmade by skilled Grado engineers, the Grado The Reference 1 moving iron cartridge has redesigned coils wound with UHPLC oxygen-free copper wire to reduce effective moving mass by 17%, which enables the Grado The Reference 1 to track the most difficult inner band musical passages with ease at a tracking weight of just 1.5g. With a body carved from Australian Jarrah wood for low resonance, this cartridge has a 5 piece OTL cantilever which reduces tip mass by 5% over the Platinum 1 and Sonata 1 models.

The sound quality is incredibly smooth and detailed, with a powerful, rhythmic bass, opaque, creamy midrange and superb three-dimensional stereo soundstage. The stylus is a high-quality true ellipsoid diamond, polished to perfection.

Who is Grado?

Grado is not a new name to hifi, having hand-built some of the most prestigious and well-regarded headphone and turntable cartridge models in the history of hifi. It's a family run business, with three generations of 'Grado' having held influential and successful roles within the company. It's with this strong family ethic, and world-famous experience and build quality, that Grado are able to continue manufacturing high-end headphones and cartridges to the superlative degree that the most critical of audiophiles demand.

Frequency Response                10Hz - 60kHz               
Principal MI
Channel Separation at 1KHz 40
Imput Load 47K
Output at 1KHz 5CM/sec. 0.5mV
Recommended Tracking Force 1.5
Stylus Type E
Inductance 2mH
Resistance 2
Compliance CUs 20
Mounting S
Weight 6.5

Providing your item is in stock, the order is usually dispatched within 24 hours. Postage and packing is completely free for orders over £100*. Out of stock items will be dispatched as soon as they become available, out of stock items can take between 4 to 21 days for dispatch.


Orders are sent via our couriers' DPD on a next-day-delivery service and usually, take between 1 and 3 days. 


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