The Vessel A3SV cartridge

The Vessel A3SV cartridge

Recipient of prestigious PF Writers' Choice Award, 2016 1
Reproduces musical technique and sentient elements encoded within musical notes
Perforates and unveils new dimensions of depth and musical expression
Ignores surface flaws and reveals previously masked musical arcs and angles
Super Vivid Line Contact diamond for excellent tracing accuracy
High strength aluminum alloy cantilever for firm contact with LP grooves

"Congratulations! The A3SV is a great bargain. I started playing through my Mercury monos (I have a complete collection of 1st pressings), some of my favorite Decca ED1 pressings, and some early Callas LPs. The sound is rich, spacious, and very dynamic (especially on the Mercs). When I play through more of my collection (all classical), I'll submit a detailed review. Again, congratulations on producing a cartridge in such a high class for so reasonable a price."2


The Vessel A3SV cartridge


Product Info

- Much more than music.

"My selection for this year's Writers' Choice Awards goes to LP Gear's The Vessel A3SV moving magnet phono cartridge. The A3SV provided musical enjoyment far beyond its modest price. If our collective quest is to be closer to the musical event, then the A3SV is an ideal medium. The A3SV perforated a fine veil and opened a new dimension of depth and musical expression within my record collection. Even now, after having been installed several months ago, the A3SV continues to impress with its ability to ignore surface flaws and reveal previously masked musical details." 3

The Vessel offers sound and energy within and beyond hearing, beyond listening. It lifts the veil. The wonderfully disruptive A3SV captures and conveys sentience™ with its Full Spectra Sound. Designed by golden Japanese engineers and crafted by long-experienced artisans, the A3SV features a beautifully-made Nude Super Vivid Line diamond mounted on a specially handcrafted cantilever. The updated design, tight specifications, and high-quality suspension produce music you can hear and feel.

"Music is the space between the notes," said Claude Debussy. The A3SV's rise-time quickly defines the leading edge enhancing positioning, then blooms into harmonics that tail off naturally. No one characteristic is as important as the entirety of the design, the sum of its parts create the sound. And suddenly it's no longer just sound, it's music you can believe and fall in love with. 4

The Vessel A3SV Cartridge Specifications
- Type: Moving Magnet
- Frequency range: 20-28,000 Hz
- Output voltage @ 1kHz: 2.5 mV
- Channel balance @ 1kHz: <1.5dB
- Channel separation @ 1kHz: 22dB
- Dynamic compliance (100Hz): 10 × 10-6 cm/dyne
- Tracking ability at 2.0g : 70 µm
- Cantilever: Special type aluminum pipe
- Stylus type: Nude Super Vivid Line Contact
- Stylus tip radius: 5µm × 20µm
- Tracking force: 1.5-2.0 g
- Internal impedance @ 1kHz: 670 ohms
- Internal inductance: 285 mH
- Recommended load resistance: 47 kOhm
- Cartridge color, body/stylus: Black/Gold/Red
- Weight: 6.0 g
- Mounting hardware included: 4 × Screws, 2 × Nuts
- Stylus replacement: A3SV stylus


Footnote 1: The Writers' Choice Awards represent the "best of" choices by the writers contributing to PF. As such, it is a real honor from the over 70 editors and reviewers who make up the PF creative community. You'll find the article with the results published in Issue 88 of Positive Feedback, at Annual Positive Feedback Writers' Choice Awards. Here is the full review of the LP Gear Vessel A3SV Moving Magnet Phono Cartridge.

Footnote 2: Customer review via e-mail.

Footnote 3: Customer review via e-mail.

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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