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Koetsu Black moving coil cartridge: Paint It Black - The Audiophile Man
A super cartridge for the rest of us? Paul Rigby reviews the Koetsu Black Koetsu cartridges are often the sort of things that most people read about but never buy because they can be very, very, expensive. Some Koetsus are even crafted from precious materials. In fact, I’m sure that there are audiophiles out there who buy these rather lovely, hand-made objects, place them on a small stand and gaze upon them from outside a glass cabinet, using them as a topic of conversation at refined dinner parties. Many audiophiles believe that a Koetsu is the best branded cartridge in the world. They were, at least, the first hand-made cartridges to make a splash in the audio world. The 10.8gm Black moving coil is the company’s ‘entry-level’ model and arrives as an oblong block of anodised aluminium with copper coil wiring, a Samarium Cobalt magnet and Boron cantilever. Coming from world of the Benz Gullwing, it was no great surprise to see that the Black demands a downforce of 1.8-2gm. This low figure is light but offers the best results. SOUND QUALITY I started my listening tests with the 1974 album, Ella Fitzgerald’s Take It Easy and the the title track. …