Clearaudio Maestro V2 Ebony phono cartridge

Clearaudio Maestro V2 Ebony phono cartridge

"Clearaudio has crafted a better cartridge from every sonic perspective."1

"In the months I spent listening to Clearaudio's Maestro V2, I never felt I was missing anything. Instead, I was given an entirely different perspective on some very familiar recordings." 2

"Like Shure's V-15xMR, the Maestro V2 tracked and traced well everything I threw at it - but the Clearaudio had greater weight, depth and . . . majesty." 3


Clearaudio Maestro V2 Ebony phono cartridge


Product Info


The Maestro V2 Ebony is the top of the line cartridge in Clearaudio's range of Moving Magnet (MM) cartridges. A culmination of Clearaudio's continuous research and refinement, the Maestro V2 Ebony features a solid boron rod cantilever and HD diamond stylus for dynamic power not generally found in a Moving Magnet cartridge.

Arisen from the foundation of the critically acclaimed Aurum series, the Clearaudio V2 MM technology uses Ebony as resonance resistant wood housing. Other ingredients for exemplary musical expression are the most effective reduction in moving mass, an optimized polishing technique for the stylus and highly effective cartridge damping.

"The Maestro V2 Ebony is a sonic improvement in every way... the Ebony hews straight down the rich and wide middle of the sonic spectrum. Its overall balance brings symphonic recordings to life, unifying each section into the greater whole of the orchestra. Low-level detail is elegantly resolved. Plus there's a lightness and speed to the way the Ebony resolves transients. As musical as they come, the Maestro V2 Ebony should be required listening for moving-magnet and moving-coil fans alike." - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, July/August 2013 Issue 234.

Clearaudio Maestro V2 Ebony Cartridge Specifications
- Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Output voltage @ 1kHz,5cm/s: ~ 3.6mV
- Stylus shape: HD Diamond
- Channel separation @ 1kHz: > 30dB
- Channel balance @ 1kHz: ≤ 0.2dB
- Trackability: > 90 µm
- Recommended tracking force: (1.8 - 2.6 g): 2.2g ± 0.3g
- Coil impedance @ 1kHz: 0.66kΩ
- Coil inductance: 0.40H
- Loading impedance: 47 kΩ
- Loading capacitance: 100 pF
- Cantilever: Boron
- Compliance: 15
- Weight: 8.4g


Footnote 1: Neil Gader, "Clearaudio Maestro V2 phono cartridge",, September 10, 2013.

Footnote 2: Michael Fremer, "Clearaudio Maestro V2 phono cartridge",, May 21, 2015. Summing up his review, the author offers his most lofty compliment.

Footnote 3: Ibid.

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