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Grado Black2 Phono Cartridge

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Keep it in mind...
  • Standard 1/2" Mount - The most common mounting style wherein the cartridge is secured to the tonearm with 2 vertical screws and with 4 colored headshell lead-wires attached to the rear pins.
  • Plug (P-) Mount - More common in the 80s & 90s, p-mount cartridges plug directly into the tonearm with 4 standardized pins, usually with 1 horizontal screw through the side for rigidity.
  • Sounding Better Than Ever

    The Grado Prestige2 series of cartridges feature a resonance-optimized chassis. Sonically, they exhibit better low-level resolution and heightened overall transparency - a noticeable improvement over their predecessors - while maintaining the signature Grado sound that we've all come to adore.

    You Deserve Prestige

    The Prestige Series by Grado is designed for high output and excellent stability under severe use. A considerable tip mass reduction results in a frequency response to 50 kHz and beyond and tracking forces from 1-2 grams. Acclaimed by experts as virtually the finest pickups in the world at their price. Prestige models available in both 1/2" mount and P-mount. All styli in the Prestige series are user replaceable.

    Black2 & Green2

    The newly redesigned Black1 and Green1 have had their coil design reconfigured, and the effective moving mass of their generating system has been reduced by 17%. The Black1 and Green1 models use a three piece OTL cantilever technology, standard oxygen free wire in the coils and Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted in a brass bushing. The Green1 model is selected from the Black1 production run and meets higher test specifications. Approximately 15% of the production run will meet these standards and become Green1 models.
  • Frequency Response: 10-50
  • Principal: MI
  • Channel Separation at 1KHz: 30
  • Input Load: 47K
  • Output at 1KHz 5CM/sec.: 5mV
  • Recommended Tracking Force: 1.5
  • Stylus Type: E
  • Inductance: 45mH
  • Resistance: 475
  • Compliance CUs: 20
  • Stylus Replacement: U
  • Mounting: S/P
  • Weight: 5.5
  • Ratings & Reviews

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    Pleasantly surprised by the Grado Black2!


    I purchased this to replace an Audio Technica 95E mainly because it has higher output which I need for my tube amp (AT puts out only 3.5 mv). To my surprise, I like the Grado Black2 better than the AT. It tracks slightly better at 1.5 gm than the AT at 2.0 gm. Sound definition is better after replaying some LPs I know well - especially bass and midrange. Contrary to other reviews, I have no hum with the Grado. I highly recommend the Black2 for the best sound in this price range.