CLEARAUDIO CONCERTO V2 MC PHONO CARTRIDGE
All the design aspects of Goldfinger, Titanium and Stradivari are found in the Clearaudio Concerto V2: the entry level into a New-Generation-Super class of moving coil cartridges capable of reproducing a dynamic range of 100 dB with a frequency response of 10 Hz up to 100,000 Hz. No wonder it has received multiple awards. The Clearaudio Concerto V2 MC cartridge is a Class A Recommended Component by Stereophile with a $$$ rating for its affordability within its class. It is also a recipient of the 2010 Editors Choice Award by The Absolute Sound.
The generator has been redesigned in a revolutionary way by positioning and doubling the magnets (to 8 pcs.) so the coils are operating in a much stronger magnetic field. The strongest magnetic material available is also used: super neodymium. Through these achievements, the efficiency has been raised by 30%, which results in a higher output. All models now utilize the improved V2 generator and use the proven 24 ct. pure gold coils. The generator construction of the new V2 moving coil cartridge generation is absolutely symmetrical: mechanically, magnetically and electrically, a unique proprietary design by Clearaudio.
The new Micro-HD Diamond tip provides a hybrid parabolic geometry with stylus radii of 0.008 mm x 0.040 mm. The total mass (0.00016 g) is a fifth of the previous diamond stylus.
Cartridge body resonances, while tracking in the groove, are minimized through the twelve finger design of the mounting plate, each finger with a different radius. This is the result of constant research and development.
Both the satiné wood from which the body is made and its resonance-optimized shape contribute towards the excellent performance of the Concerto V2 cartridge.
Kindly note that the Concerto may require well over a month of constant use to fully break in.2
Clearaudio has a generous trade-up program so you can save on your next purchase.
Clearaudio Concerto V2 MC Phono Cartridge Specifications
- Frequency response: 20Hz-100kHz
- Output voltage @ 1kHz,5cm/sec: 0.7mV
- Channel balance @ 1kHz: < 0.5dB
- Channel separation @ 1kHz: > 30dB
- Compliance: 15/15 µ/mN
- Stylus shape: Micro HD
- Stylus radii: .008 x .040 mm (.0003 x .0016 inch)
- Cantilever: Boron
- Coil assembly: Absolutely symmetrical design
- Coil material: Gold 24 karat
- Coil impedance: 30 Ω
- Recommended load resistance: 300 Ω
- Body material: Satiné wood
- Recommended tracking force: 2.8 g
- Weight: 7 g
Footnote 1: Michael Fremer in Stereophile Vol.29 No.7 was impressed with the Clearaudio Concerto V2.
Footnote 2: Stereophile Vol.32 No.5 p.67