The Vessel R3SM cartridge

The Vessel R3SM cartridge

Winner in an 11-cartridge shootout - "This cartridge was the clear winner. It combines many of the best qualities of the 2M Black, such as the precise rendering of a tremendous amount of detail, solid imaging and soundstage, and excellent bass and mid-bass reproduction, with the musicality and tonal richness of the Nagaoka MP-200, without directly resembling either of them. It's a tough act to follow."1

Clear winner in four-month long 11-cartridge shootout
Exceptional tracing, fluidity and innate delicacy
Micro Line tip for flowing timbral accuracy and exquisite sound quality
Diamond tip r/R radii: .000079 × .0031 inch
Refinded cylindrical Ruby cantilever for exceptional groove sensitivity


The Vessel R3SM cartridge


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Product Info

- Much more than music.

The creative brief for The Vessel™ cartridge series is simple: "Allow the artist to express his music with its amalgam of contradiction as it is elevates and transcends with the natural and artificial interpretation of the human art."

With its hardness and soundspeed, Ruby has far higher sensitivity to stimuli from groove modulations. The refined cylindrical Ruby cantilever in the R3SM discovers and unveils more subtleties of motion — twists, turns and flows — more material from groove modulations, more energy sheltered within record grooves thus conveying more inspired sentience and realism. With its Nude Super Micro Line diamond tip, it offers remarkable radiance and luminosity along with a fast, transparent and natural presentation that is immersive.

The Vessel R3SM 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): 9 × 10-6 cm/dyne
- Tracking ability at 2.0g : >60 µm
- Cantilever: Single crystal special cylindrical Ruby
- 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: R3SM stylus

Footnote 1: See very informative review at Under $1,000 moving magnet cartridge shootout, 11 cartridges reviewed!.


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