The mailman delivered a new cartridge for my turntable today. Too bad I can’t try it out until hurricane Irene has passed. I was originally going to upgrade to a Rega P7 or P9, but as you may or may not know, I love Zyx cartridges. When I seen this one pop up on another website for about the same price as a used P9, I decided to take a chance and see how much performance can be gained going farther up in the Zyx lineup.
Here’s some of the specs:
|Specifications(H = High output version, SB2 = silver base, adds
3.9gm extra weight)
|DIAMOND-X -XH, DIAMOND-S -SH, DIAMOND-G
OMEGA-X -XH, OMEGA-S -SH, OMEGA-G -GH
4D-X 4D-XH, 4D-S 4D-SH, 4D-G
|Type||Moving Coil (Dynamic)/Real Stereo Generator System|
|Cryogenic Treatment||Temperature: -196C (-320F)|
|Output Voltage||0.24mV (H = 0.48mV) (3.54cm/sec., 1kHz)|
|Frequency Response/( +/- 1dB)||10Hz ~ 100kHz (20Hz ~ 20kHz)|
|Channel Separation||>30dB (1kHz)|
|Channel Balance||<0.5dB (1kHz)|
|Recommended Tracking Force||2.0gm [20 ~ 25 degrees Celsius]|
|Tracking Force Range||1.7gm ~ 2.5gm|
|Compliance horizontal (vertical)||15 x 10-6cm/dyne (12 x 10-6cm/dyne)|
|Trackability||> 80micro m/2.0gm|
|Internal Impedance||4.0 ohm (H = 8.0 ohm)|
|Recommended Load Impedance||>100 ohm|
|Coil Wire||S type: 5N silver 0.035mm dia./CRYO
X type: 6N crystal
copper 0.035mm dia./CRYO
G type: 24K Gold 0.035mm dia./CRYO
|Cantilever Material||Natural solid square Diamind 0.30mm dia (DIAMOND)
solid 0.30mm dia (OMEGA, 4D)
|Stylus||Micro-Ridge Solid Diamond 0.07 sq.mm|
|Contact Radius||3micro m x 60micro m, 2000 Hour/2.0gm|
|Output Terminals||1.25mm dia. Gold plated (EIA)|
|Net Weight:||7.8gm (DIAMOND, OMEGA)
The cartridge is brand new and still sealed. It is the gold edition with: solid gold coil wires, gold output pins, pure silver base and low output – .24mv. My current Zyx R100H is .48mv output.
I will make an un-boxing video when I get a chance. Look for a full review coming soon after I get it installed and broken in.
You can follow the discussion and hear samples when you join the forum here.