Shelter 901 Phono Cartridge
The Shelter 901III MC combines the old style body of the original 901 (which is smaller and lighter than the massive, anodized aluminum bodies of Shelter's later models), with a motor assembly containing all the updates found in the "thousand series" Shelters. These updates include new front yoke assemblies, redesigned bobbins, and improved internal wiring along with boron cantilevers fitted with "nude" elliptical styli.
10 Audio Reviews the Original 901"The midrange had some of the “Koetsu magic”. Voices and instruments were lightly sweetened, and female voices in particular had a nice accessibility that made listening to them very enjoyable. Being very critical, one could say that there was a small difference in the presentation of the somewhat warm midrange compared to the relatively dryer and more analytical bass and treble. While I heard this slight discontinuity in my system, another listener in another system might judge it to be a perfect balance. This cartridge might be ideal when used with older, classic tube gear that has a soft sounding bass and a slightly dark treble, or in a system that needs help in these areas. In a system that tends more towards “ruthlessly revealing”, you might prefer a presentation that is more balanced from top to bottom. But this is really a matter of fine-tuning a system, getting that last 1 or 2% after you have dialed in your cables and listening room. On the other hand, the 901 is good enough to warrant revisiting many of the choices you've already made in building your system. The Shelter 901 offers a wonderful set of attributes, and could be an excellent source component to build a system around. The overall quality of its performance makes the 901 suitable for use in even the finest high-end system, although careful system-matching is highly recommended." — 10 Audio
Frequency Response: 10 - 50,000 Hz Recommended Tracking Force: 1.4 - 2.0 grams Output: 0.5 mV Stylus: Elliptical Cartridge Weight: 9.1 Grams Recommended Load Impedance: Step-Up- 20ohms; Head- 100ohms