Grado Green2 Phono Cartridge
Color Me AwesomeBoth the Black2 and Green2 use a three piece OTL cantilever that has a Grado specific diamond mounted on a brass bushing. The Green2 are hand selected from Black2 production runs which meet higher test specifications. Approximately 15% of the run usually exhibits these specs and become a Green2.
Grado’s OTL, or optimized transmission line, technology provides an ideal transfer of signal from the surface of the LP to the generator of the system. This technology rejects unwanted resonances and lowers distortion preserving the fundamental and harmonic frequencies of the music. This also helps keep noise generated by the motor system in the cartridge to a minimum.
Grado’s OTL stylus/cantilever design makes records sound quieter, improves the height, width, and depth of the soundstage, and present more detail than previously obtainable.
Black and GreenThe Black2 & Green2 are all hand assembled by our team in Brooklyn, with some builders having over 25 years of experience. With the recent development of the highly received Lineage Series of cartridges, we were able to have a trickle down of technology and bring a new technique to the Black2 & Green2. This updated series of cartridges offers excellent tonal balance, dynamics, and realism, for a most rewarding reproduction of vocals and instruments. Our coil winding techniques, using ultra high purity copper wire which were honed during the development of the Lineage Series, have let the electrical circuits achieve unison between the four coils in each phono cartridge. This allows for a precise balance between channels and accurate stereo imaging.
As in all Grado phono cartridges the Black2 & Green2 are powered by a twin magnet system that optimizes the balance between stereo channels. All internal magnetic circuit parts are held to extremely high tolerances creating the desired stereo imaging. Grado’s patented Flux-Bridger design allows the Black2 & Green2 to have one of the lowest effective moving mass generating systems while creating an excellent balance throughout the full frequency range.
Ratings & Reviews
Very happy with this choice
I have been using this cartridge for a couple of months now on my Technics SL-D202 and it is my favorite so far. My collection is mostly 60s, 70s and 80s rock. I have two other cartridges in a similar price point. The first one I tried was good, but I felt it showed the imperfections of the record too much. The one I upgraded to was better, but I have a collection of Christmas lps that are all choral and opera singers and it seemed to distort on the highs. The Grado Green seem to offer much more separation in the highs while still delivering excellent bass. I also find that it seems to do a much better job hiding the imperfections of the record. Im not getting the buzz that I have seen reported with other direct drive units and this cart can even make the stereo version of I feel fine on the Beatles '65 album almost sound tolerable. Overall I am very happy with this cartridge.
An inexpensive upgrade for a Rega Carbon.
by Robert W
I have a Rega Planar 1 turntable. It came with a Rega Carbon cartridge. I got the turntable to see if I would enjoy playing records again, and didn't want to spend a lot of money in the event I didn't. My bad. I love vinyl now.
I had read some reviews (by Paul Seydor in The Absolute Sound magazine) of the Grado Black and two new AudioTechica cartridges. He liked them all for quite different reasons. I opted for the Grado Green, because some Black cartridges test with higher specs and become Greens. I will buy an Audio-Technica VM-540 later.
Made the change myself after doing some research. Glad I did. I learned a lot in the process. The results have been good: the Grado has fuller mid-range and bass frequencies than the Carbon, but the best part is the greater depth of soundstage. There's much more three-dimensionality now.
It's a good upgrade for $95.