Available on back-order
The SL1 features a nude hyper-elliptical stylus
The hyper-elliptical stylus is the first member of the “line contact” family,
and provides a wider contact surface with the record grooves than conical or elliptical shapes:
The benefits of upgrading a conical or elliptical stylus with a hyper-elliptical one:
The cantilever of the SL1 is made of titanium alloy
Titanium is the ideal balance between aluminium and ceramics, and offers the following benefits:
The SL1 stylus & cantilever are made and assembled in Japan
The body of the SL1 is machined from a block of ebony wood, and sanded by hand
As for many music instruments, a wooden cartridge body produces more natural harmonics, and therefore helps create a warm and organic sound
Ebony was chosen for its subtle benefits on the cartridge sound, as it removes high frequencies harshness, while providing deep and tight bass response
The SL1 MC Cartridge compliance and weight match very well the 12g effective mass of the Technics SL-1200 tonearm
Please refer to the reference Cartridge Resonance Evaluator hosted at vinylengine.com for more information
The SL1 MC Cartridge height is 17mm, and the perfect Vertical Tracking Angle (VTA) is attained when the Technics SL-1200 tonearm is set at about 0
The wood body shape allows all alignments methods with the Technics SL-1200 headshell, including Baerwald
The SL1 is easily installed via 2 bolts – no nuts required
The purchase of the SL1 cartridge includes an online support to ensure the perfect integration of your new cartridge in your system
Le Son Customer Support for the LS10 cartridge includes:
We are conscious how difficult it is to choose a high quality phono cartridge, often only relying on reviews to make your decision.
This is why we provide a 60 days return policy so you have plenty of time to listen and decide if the cartridge fits well in your system.
On any turntable, the cartridge/tonearm combination will exhibit resonance at a specific frequency. This resonance is due to the interaction of the cartridge (acting as a spring), and the weight of the tonearm (acting as a mass). The “springiness” of the phono cartridge is described as compliance, and the weight of the arm is specified as mass. The goal in matching a specific cartridge and tonearm is to have this resonant frequency to be between 8Hz and 11Hz.
The SL1 MC Cartridge compliance is 11μm/mN, which will match perfectly medium mass tonearms. Most turntables out there have a medium mass tonearm. If you have a doubt, feel free to contact us, we will check for you.
Yes, the warranty for the SL1 MC Cartridge is 2 years, and starts at reception of the package.
The detailed warranty conditions are stated in our General Terms & Conditions.
Yes, the SL1 MC Cartridge can be retipped at a very advantageous price.
Japanese stylus & cantilever manufacturers update their prices yearly, so when a retipping is necessary, please contact us and we will provide you with all the information.
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