Koetsu - Koetsu Black Cartridge




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"…lovely: smooth, textured, exceptionally colorful…The Black sounded beautifully human. It presented singing voices with superb clarity and presence…stringed instruments sound wonderful: thick but clear, with mountains of texture and a nearly indescribably sense of wood and varnish…I still have my original copy of Neil Young's After the Gold Rush…the Koetsu Black made it sound so nice I actually started to cry…Is there a better way for an analog enthusiast to spend $1600? Maybe not." – Art Dudley, Stereophile, July 2007

The Koetsu Black's biggest crime is that it's not the newest kid on the block in this price range. The Black has quietly gained internal improvements, most notably the use of silver-clad copper wire like the upper models.

In the 1970s, Sugano began to experiment with phono cartridges by substituting his own parts in commercially available models. His keen ear and deductive reasoning, combined with an artist's sensibilities, led to the creation of what would become a legend in audio. Sensing the moment, Sugano named his cartridge after his hero, Koetsu.

Sugano's quest led him to enlist universities, specialized industries and master craftspeople to create the special parts to go into his masterpieces. One of the first to use 4 nines copper (99.99% pure), curent production uses 6 nines copper (99.9999% pure). Platinum signature models feature silver cladding of the 6 nines copper, a process where a silver sheath is slowly drawn over the copper conductor.

Ultra-pure iron square plate formers were sourced for their most predictable magnetic characteristics and lowest oxidation. Pre-aged to the perfect consistency, rubber suspension parts are sourced under license with a rubber damper manufacturer. Special magnetic materials, including Alnico have been featured. Today, samarium-coblalt is used with platinum magnets reserved for the flagship models. Japanese craftsmen carve the rosewood bodies, lacquer coat the Urushi bodies, or cut stone for the onyx Platinum. Styli are specially designed and precision ground for Koetsu.

Today, Sugano's sons have revived his art and continue to create musical masterpieces under the watchful eye of the old master. For every music lover, your journey to musical nirvana is incomplete without a Koetsu phono cartridge in your system.

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

Koetsu's Entry level Black is GOLDEN!

posted on 03/11/2008
5 Stars
Reviewer: Miller W Steel
I upgraded from a Benz Micro MC L2 that I still have on another VPI JMW Arm wand and switch back and forth, but right now it is all KOETSU all the time. As I go through my LP's and listen to this new sound they have with the BLACK, I'm in love. This is a wonderful product, The Benz was great mind you, but the three times more expensive Black is a wonder that must be heard to be understood. If you can get an audition please do so. If you can take a $1600 flier on a cartridge then this is about the best way I can think of spending the money. If you love that LP collection and have the Table Arm and Phono Stage ready get one of these then you write a review.

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