Shelter 501II Mono MC Phono Cartridge
Owners of this wonderful cartridge have said the Shelter 501 III easily fills the sonic shoes of cartridges costing two or three times as much. The 501 III blends its musical presentation with a warm, extremely musical midrange, deep, authoritative bass and a smooth as silk top end. Instruments shine and are easily placed, showing plenty of soul. With a .4mV output and great tracking, the 501 III is stunning.
TAS on the 501"Each of this Japanese manufacturer's products offers superior sound at a reasonable price. Shelter's 'low-end' model, the 501 Mk III, does everything well - and some things spectacularly well. Its superb three-dimensionality adds spaciousness to recordings seemingly lacking in air and bloom, while its neutral tonal balance, audiophile virtues (resolution, focus, transient speed, extension at both frequency extremes), and cohesiveness make its sound always seem as if it is cut from whole cloth. Shelter's top-of-the-line 90x is ever more impressive, as it should be at its higher price point. What the 90x does better than other high-end cartridges is combine transient speed with rich, fully articulated timbres, so, for example, on plucked violin and guitar strings you don't hear more of the starting transient than you do of the note's steady-state tone and decay. With the 90x you hear each with equal clarity and realism." — Jonathan Valin, TAS
An Ongoing Stereophile Recommended Component"One step up the Shelter line from the 301, the 501 MK.II ups the 301's output to 0.4mV and adds a 0.3 mil x 0.7 mil nude elliptical diamond stylus. Nearly identical to the $2,650 Crown Jewel SE, which Mikey once owned the 501 MK.II exhibited all of the CJ's sonic characteristics: a warm overall tonal balance with smooth high-frequency extension and solid, authoritative bass response, all completely free of grain and glare. I recommend the Shelter 501 MK.II without hesitation." — Stereophile
Output Voltage: 0.4 mV at 1kHz 5cm/sec. Channel Balance: Within 1dB at 1kHz Stylus Tip: 0.3 x 0.7mil Conical Nude Diamond Weight: 8.1g DC Resistance: 12 ohms Tracking Force Range: 1.4 to 2.0g Recommended Load Impedance: within 20 ohms with step-up transformer, within 100 ohms with head amplifier, within 47k ohms with high gain EQ amplifier Compliance: 9cu Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz +/-2dB Anodized Aluminum Body with neodymium magnet