Sculpture A A.3M
Stereo MC Phono Cartridge
Sculpture A cartridges were born from a desire to adapt modern tip profiles to a classic Denon 103 generator. Although it retains very few parts from the original unit, the original Alnico magnets still prevail. A new dual structure body was developed which allows damping and shielding of the generator from both internal and external vibrations. This new structure also helps achieve specific stylus tracking angles for each of the different diamond tip profiles Sculpture A use. Each of the tip profiles has its advantages and sonic benefits, allowing you to choose the specific presentation that suits your taste and synergises best with the rest of your system.
The A.3M uses a Nude Micro Ridge tip profile, a boron cantilever and achieves relatively high output voltage.
The Nude Micro Ridge tip profile almost exactly duplicates the shape of the cutting stylus used to produce the original master disc from which records are made. This enables it to track portions of the groove other styli simply cannot reach. The result is extremely accurate tracking of high-frequency passages and ruler-flat frequency response within the audible range.
The unique multilevel “ridge” shape of this tip wears more evenly, allowing greatly extended record and stylus life.
Resolution is markedly improved, as can be expected from a profile with an even narrower minor radius. Sonically, there is a sweeter quality, more clarity at higher frequencies and less fatiguing over an extended period. It is very smooth with excellent timbral texture & dimensionality. Yet it is also dynamic and energetic. The sound produced by the A.3M is simply stunning and will easily make many higher priced cartridges sound anaemic in comparison. Elegance and emotional engagement ‘on tap’. Seriously special!
|Type||Stereo MC Cartridge|
|Body||Vaporised and impregnated wood|
|Tip Profile||Nude Micro Ridge|