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Clearaudio Maestro v2 Ebony Phono Cartridge

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Clearaudio Maestro Ebony V2

It was back in 1978 that Clearaudio first manufactured moving coil cartridges. This vast experience has been a significant benefit to our range of moving magnet cartridges. We have made 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. We can assure you of flawless quality in all areas to guarantee exceptional linearity and trackability.
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Output voltage: (@ 1 kHz, 5 cm/s): ~ 3.6 mV
  • Channel separation: (@ 1 kHz): > 30 dB
  • Channel balance: (@ 1 kHz): < 0.2 dB
  • Stylus Shape: Micro HD
  • Recommended tracking force: 2.0 - 2.5 g, optimal: 2.2 g
  • Coil impedance: (@ 1 kHz): 0.66 kOhm
  • Coil inductivity: 0.42 H
  • Loading impedance: 47 kOhm
  • Loading capacitance: 100 pF
  • Cantilever: Boron
  • Weight: 8.5 g
  • The Clearaudio v2 MM cartridges benefit from the following improvements:
  • Resonance-optimized ebony housing
  • Use of more powerful magnets producing greater dynamic range
  • Higher output voltage
  • Ratings & Reviews

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    Beyond expectations. By far, the best sounding cartridge I've owned. Upgraded from the Virtuoso Wood, and the sonic improvements are incredible. Detail, soundstage, dynamics, all much improved. Very warm, rich midbass, deep bass, very nice highs. I am truly impressed and am rediscovering all my music again. Soundstage is amazing- truly holographic. This cartridge really brings out the best in my system: ARC SP-9 pre, ARC VT100 Mk2 amp, Marantz TT-15. Set up was incredibly easy with TT-15: only adjustment was to tracking force and slight anti-skate change. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

    Chris Muth


    This is a very nice cartridge. It's replacing a beloved Sumiko Blackbird on my Linn (Merril platter, Hercules motor system, Itok LV II, Moscode pre-amp). After many years of MC carts, I wanted to try out a good MM for a change. I miss the immediacy of the Blackbird, but the Maestro has a stable image and gravitas. Very musical. It's getting better as it's breaking in too. I expect that in a couple months, this cartridge will really sing well with the rest of my system.



    Best sound I have ever heard. Extremely clear and detailed without being harsh. Solid and well defined bass.

    alberto censon


    This cartridge is more nearly at a MC of good level,but with a bass extension like goog MM



    Got this from Needledoctor as a replacement for my BENZ Woodbody. This is a very lush and detailed cartridge. Was a bit harsh in the highs at first, but it went away after a month of breaking. An improvement over the BENZ, particularly in the mids. I am VERY satisfied.

    vernon hagler


    this is my step up from an OC9. Hugh improvement in space and soundstage. gorgeous sound, rich and lush, but not syruppy.



    This is actually a review for the now-previous model, the Maestro Wood. I purchased it here back in the spring and now it has over a hundred hours of break-in, so it's time for a review. The first thing that comes to my mind, and why I love it is, is *texture*. I can feel the instruments, the notes. I can feel how a drummer hits the skins of his drums; how a guitarist his strings. I've never heard textures like this from a cartridge. Soundstage is fat, and the band is right there in front of me. It's all good.

    Clear, no inner grove distortion, and still warm in the mid range


    I upgraded from the virtuoso and am stunned by how much clarity there is with the siblance, while still being so warm and great in the mid range. There is absolutely zero inner groove distortion!!! This has always plagued me since I’ve been into vinyl for the last 30 years. Before I could afford a better turntable/cartridge, the Audio Technica 440 MLA was the only cartridge that satisfied me with inner groove distortion elimination. However, the sound was not as rich as I would have liked in the mid range with that cartridge. This one is by far the best MM cartridge I’ve heard!