The Vessel A3SM cartridge

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The Vessel A3SM cartridge

"The Vessel A3SM has a vibrant and robust character that peels back the veneer of politeness that many cartridges attempt to cloak our music in. This is a cartridge that drives the energy embedded in records and brings out the fun of our vinyl rigs." 1

"...It favored long term listening comfort over drawing out the final bit of treble energy in a record. Coupled with the refined and natural portrayal of vocals you have an unassuming cartridge that just sneaks up on you with how good it sounds." 2

"I certainly did not expect this markedly different facet of this cartridge's personality, and this engaging portrayal of vocals caught me by surprise." 3


The Vessel A3SM cartridge

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- Much more than music.

The wonderfully disruptive A3SM exceeds expectations in every respect for extracting and conveying sentience™ — the energy beyond hearing, beyond listening hiding in the grooves of your favorite LPs. It delivers perceptively more radiance and luminosity with its Microline diamond along with a fast, transparent and natural presentation that direct-connects you to your music. It sets up a large, focused and dynamic soundstage. The Vessel captures and conveys Full Spectra Sound, a totality of the musical experience - its direct, angular, spatial and reflective acoustic - enabling shape consistency and depth so the emotional content of the music is finally revealed.4

The Vessel A3SM Cartridge Specifications
- Type: Moving Magnet
- Frequency range: 20-35,000 Hz
- Output voltage @ 1kHz: 2.5 mV
- Channel balance @ 1kHz: <1.0dB
- Channel separation @ 1kHz: 24dB
- Dynamic compliance (100Hz): 10 × 10-6 cm/dyne
- Tracking ability at 2.0g : 70 µm
- Cantilever: Special type aluminum pipe
- Stylus type: Nude Super Micro Line
- Stylus tip radius: .000079 x .0031 inch
- Tracking force: 2.0 g
- Internal impedance @ 1kHz: 670 ohms
- Internal inductance: 270 mH
- Recommended load resistance: 47 kOhm
- Cartridge color, body/stylus: Black/Gold/Black
- Weight: 6.0 g
- Mounting hardware included: 4 × Screws, 2 × Nuts
- Stylus replacement: A3SM stylus

Footnote 1: Refer to complete review to fully appreciate the context of this quote: LP Gear - The Vessel A3SM Cartridge.
Footnote 2: John Hoffman, "LP Gear - The Vessel A3SM Cartridge",, Issue 87 (09-29-2016).
Footnote 3: Ibid.
Footnote 4: Full Spectra Sound and sentience are best experienced with a high resolution system. LP Gear Music listening equipment: Graham Slee Reflex M phono preamp, Graham Slee Elevator EXP headamp, Denon AU-300LC Step-up transformer, Graham Slee Proprius mono amps, Quicksilver Silver 88 mono amps, Roadrunner Digital Turntable Tachometer, Sota Sapphire turntable, Audience SE Phono Cable, Audience Ohno speaker cables, Rogers LS3/5A speakers, Audience ClairAudient 1+1 Loudspeakers, Krell LAT 2 speakers, Yamaha NS1000M speakers, LP Gear CF3600LE cartridge, Ortofon 2M Red cartridge, Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge, Ortofon 2M Bronze cartridge, Rega Carbon, Supex SD 901 Super cartridge, Denon DL-103 cartridge, Denon DL-110 cartridge, Grace F-9E cartridge.


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