Sculpture A A.3P
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.3P uses a Shanked PA Ogura tip profile, a boron cantilever and achieves relatively high output voltage. The stylus shank is the piece that connects the tip to the cantilever. Accurate cartridge alignment had a lot to do with the shank and this tip profile is designed for optimum alignment and tracking performance.
A round shank can be more difficult to align when it is affixed to the cantilever. Proper alignment is needed in order to position the stylus tip precisely in the record groove. In a bonded (or jointed) stylus a diamond tip is glued on a metal shank that is itself glued into the hole of the cantilever. While less expensive to manufacture, this construction may increase the mass of the overall tip and affect transient response compared with a nude stylus where the tip and shank are constructed from a single piece of diamond.
The Shanked PA Ogura tip is shaped from whole diamonds. It is more costly than bonded styli but because of their lower mass, this tip design tracks more accurately. Also, due to the fact that its longest-wearing face touches the record surface, it lasts significantly longer than other designs.
The sound is smooth and sweet with more detail and amazing high frequency extension. More delicacy yet more dynamic contrast, improved frequency response and lower distortion. You have to hear this ‘delicacy’ to believe it! The A.3P is a masterclass of sonic bliss.
|Type||Stereo MC Cartridge|
|Body||Vaporised and impregnated wood|
|Tip Profile||Shanked PA Ogura|