CLEARAUDIO VIRTUOSO WOOD PHONO CARTRIDGE
The Clearaudio Virtuoso Wood is one of the best selling cartridges because it offers pure musical joy at a reasonable price point. It is a long standing Recommended Class B Component by Stereophile and includes a $$$ rating for its affordability within its class.
The wooden-bodied version of the excellent Clearaudio Aurum Beta S, it shares the cartridge's transparency, midrange naturalness, extended treble, bass definition, and adds an additional layer of detail resolution, sweetness and low level articulation. The Clearaudio Virtuoso could very well be the affordable cartridge for listeners of jazz, classical and rock music.
"The performance of the Clearaudio Virtuoso Wood was so ear-opening that I would recommend that anyone thinking of spending up to $2,500 on a moving-coil cartridge should consider buying the [$875] Wood instead."
- Stereophile, Vol.25 No.12 WWW
Clearaudio's long history and vast experience in manufacturing moving coil cartridges has been a significant benefit to their range of moving magnet cartridges. There have been massive improvements in areas such as mass-reduction, the profile, polish and finish of the stylus and in the damping of the cantilever. Strict attention to construction methods along with extensive quality controls and hand-selection processes form part of the procedure for this stunning quality. In this manner you are thus assured of flawless quality in all areas to guarantee exceptional linearity and trackability.
The wood body which is selected by Clearaudio sounds warmish while retaining the agility, dynamics and excitement that Clearaudio cartridges are known for.
Clearaudio has a generous trade-up program so you can save on your next purchase.
Clearaudio Virtuoso Wood Phono Cartridge Specifications
- Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Output voltage @ 1kHz,5cm/s: 3.6mV
- Channel balance @ 1kHz: 0.2dB
- Channel separation @ 1kHz: > 30dB
- Trackability: > 90 µm
- Cantilever: Aluminum
- Tracking force: 2.0-2.5 g
- Recommended tracking force: 2.2 g
- Coil impedance @ 1kHz: 0.68k ohms
- Coil inductivity: 0.42 H
- Load resistance: 47k ohms
- Loading capacitance: 100 pF
- Weight: 6 g
[1.] Stereophile Vol.33 No.4 p54