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My Sonic Lab Signature Gold

£7,100.00

My Sonic Lab Signature Gold Moving Coil Cartridge

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Description

The sound of My Sonic Lab cartridges are the result of master cartridge designer Yoshio Matsudaira seeking natural reproduction by minimizing signal loss, internal distortion, and phase distortion. All My Sonic cartridges utilize Matsudaira-san’s unique SH-μX magnetic core. This special core material has higher permeability and flux density than the typical iron core material used in MC cartridges. It allows My Sonic Lab to use fewer coil windings than other moving coil cartridges, minimizing music robbing distortions and maximizing signal output. This high efficiency approach equals wide dynamic range, fast transient response, low distortion and high signal-to-noise ratio. In other words, expect tremendous natural detail and clarity and to hear new layers of information in your favorite records.

The Signature Gold was released for My Sonic Lab’s 10th anniversary. Matsudaira-san evaluated every aspect of his previous Eminent designs for areas to be improved. A stronger two-component chassis, higher grade internal wiring and improvements in the suspension led to a more refined sound. However, it is the 10% larger SH-μX core that makes the Signature Gold excel at energetic expression and power. Compared to the Eminent designs, Signature Gold has more extension, slam, power, and dynamic range.

In terms of construction the MSL Signature Gold damper system has been updated, with a larger core creating a generator with a much higher efficiency.

It is a step up from the Ultra Eminent with improved sonic qualities presenting outstanding dynamics, naturalness, transparency because of it’s ability to extract the huge amount of information that lays within the vinyl surface thus imbuing the listener with an emotional connection to the music.

Winner of the prestigious Stereo Sound Magazine 2012 Grand Prix Awardthe most authoritative audio magazine in Japan. When very experienced critics agree on the high quality of a product, this surely inspires confidence.

Specifications

Physical
Body:
Extra Super Duralumin A7075 alloy
Cantilever:
Super Duralumin
Stylus:
Semi-line contact (3μmx 30μm) Coils/Core: Magnet: Neodymium # 50
Coils/Core:
SH-μX
Magnet:
Neodymium # 50
Terminal pins:
Polished Rhodium-plated
Weight:
10g
Electrical
Output voltage:
0.5 mV / 1 kHz
Internal Impedance:
1.4 ohm (DCR)
Frequency Response:
10 ~ 50kHz
Channel Balance:
< 0.5dB (1kHz)
Channel Separation:
> 30dB (1kHz)
Dynamic
Tracking ability:
@315Hz at 2g tracking force
Dynamic Compliance:
10x10-6cm/dyen
Set Up
Recommended loading:
100 -800Ω (ideal is around 400Ω)
Recommended tracking force:
1.9 ~ 2.2g

The “My” in the company name My Sonic Lab refers to the initials of its designer: Mr. Y. Matsudaira who founded the company after an illustrious career spanning over forty years designing cartridges, phono stages and tonearms .

He started at Tokyo Sound Co. in 1959 and moved to Supex Co in 1967. In the 70’s, he was invited to be part of an independent development team for masterpieces by the top-brand phono cartridges  like Koetsu, Miyabi etc. He joined Audio Craft Co in 1981 as chief engineer and presented such exquisite works as the AC-3 stereo cartridge, the AC-3300/4400 tonearms, the AR-110/110L turntables, the TS-200 MC transformer, the PE-6000 Signature phono amp.

Mr. Matsudaira realised his long cherished dream, when he formed “My Sonic Lab” in 2003, and introduced the EMINENT high-output, low-impedance MC cartridge and the matching MC transformer Stage 202.

With My Sonic Lab, Mr. Matsudaira has fulfilled his design goals of producing a moving coil cartridge with very low internal impedance. With this design, Mr. Matsudaira feels that the energy producing potential of an MC cartridge is fully realised.

Mr. Matsudaira uses an ultra high-μ material that he has named SH-μX. This material allows My Sonic Lab to significantly reduce the amount of coil wire required to give a decent output level. With the reduction in the amount of coil wire comes greater low-level resolution.

My Sonic Lab cartridges achieve their reputation as absolute reference standard components because of their ability to excel in all aspects of analogue sound reproduction and audiophiles often describe them as having that elusive “magic”. It’s all there …energy, dynamics, detail, nuance, liquidity. Once you have heard one of these in a well set-up system, you will realise that only someone of Mr. Matsudaira’s experience and heritage can produce something this special.

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