Sculpture A A.4L
Stereo MC Low Output 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 .4 series aims to achieve the highest possible performance by incorporating hand wound copper or silver coils for impedances over ten times lower than that of the original Denon DL-103. It is the lowest impedance cross-coil design with AlNiCo magnet available today and this just one of the reasons why it sounds so vivid and natural.
The A.4L uses a Nude Line Contact tip profile, a boron cantilever and is a low output design, meaning that it needs to be mated with a corresponding Sculpture A Mini Nano step-up transformer to boost the signal strength. Note that for the audiophile purist, there are some advantages to the low output cartridge designs as they pick up more information and have a more refined, sophisticated sound.
The Nude Line Contact tip profile offers the optimum tip design for accurate tracking of high-frequency passages with minimum abrasion. It has a vertical contact area that is even longer than that of the elliptical stylus. The line contact stylus provides low distortion and low record wear.
There is a high level of resolution and detail retrieval with this cartridge and it has a great ability to go to the heart of the musical message, similar to the purity and immediacy of a classic SET amplifier. You can really appreciate the idea of taking an all-time classic ‘motor’ and enhancing it with modern technology. You can hear some of that old-school magic mixed with that faultless efficiency & extension. The A.4L has a beauty & openness to it that is absolutely captivating. Wow!
|Type||Stereo MC Cartridge|
|Body||Vaporised and impregnated wood|
|Tip Profile||Nude Line Contact|