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

"Just wanted to let you know that I received the Vessel R3SM Cartridge and it's everything I had expected. It really does sound so much better than the 2M Black or even my Quintet Bronze. I also put it up against an Audio-Technica AT33Sa and was VERY impressed with how well it performs against the AT...for quite a bit less money, too." 2

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
Refined cylindrical Ruby cantilever for exceptional groove sensitivity


The Vessel R3SM cartridge


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
- Recommended load capacitance: 100-300pF
- Cartridge color, body/stylus: Black/Gold/Black
- Weight: 6.0 g
- Mounting hardware included: 4 × Screws, 2 × Nuts
- Stylus replacement: R3SM stylus

Listen to the R3SM cartridge video at: LP GEAR R3SM vs Ortofon 2M Black

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

Footnote 2: Unsolicited feedback received on 11.13.2020 from long-time vinyl audio enthusiast and vinyl forum member, JA. We are thankful.

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