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SL1 MKII Cartridge

Original price was: 890 $.Current price is: 499 $.

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    Welcome to the Moving Coil Realm!


    Compelling Sound Quality


    The SL1 MKII cartridge features a state-of-the-art moving coil design that ensures a compelling sound experience.

    From our atelier to your system, the SL1 MKII elevates your listening experience to new heights.


    No Need for MC Phono Preamp


    Unlike low output moving coil cartridges, the SL1 MKII boasts a high output of 2.5mV, allowing it to work seamlessly with any MM phono preamp.

    Experience the superior sound quality of a moving coil cartridge with no other costs.


    Effortless Installation


    The SL1 MKII is designed with user-friendliness in mind.

    Its threaded holes and straight side lines make installation straightforward and hassle-free, even for those new to cartridge setup.


    60 Days Money-Back Guarantee

    Take your time to listen how the SL1 MKII integrates in your system.

    If you are not completely satisfied, return it within 60 days for a full refund, no questions asked.


    FEATURES


    LINE CONTACT STYLUS


    Line Contact Stylus Shape

    A line contact stylus offers significant advantages over conical or elliptical styli due to its broader contact area with the record grooves.

    This design allows it to track the grooves more accurately and reduce distortion, resulting in a clearer and more detailed sound reproduction.

    Additionally, the line contact stylus has a longer lifespan and causes less wear on records, preserving the quality of both the stylus and your records over time.

    BORON NITRIDE CANTILEVER



    The SL1 MKII features a Boron Nitride Cantilever, a ceramic material chosen for its outstanding mechanical qualities.

    In comparison to an Aluminum cantilever, a Boron Nitride cantilever is 3.6 times more rigid and 28% lighter:


    Rigidity  (Gpa)
    Aluminum: 69

    Boron Nitride: 250

    Density  (g/cm3)
    Aluminum: 2.7

    Boron Nitride: 2.1

    This advanced material, along with the tailored design of the cantilever, effectively reduces the cartridge’s moving mass. The result is a remarkable increase in the accuracy and speed of vibration transmission.

    For you, this means experiencing your music with better clarity — every transient and micro-detail is captured with exquisite precision, unlocking a new realm of audio fidelity.

    ULTRA LIGHT COILS


    Le Son SL1 MKII Cartridge Coil Winding

    The SL1 MKII Cartridge features ultra-light 6N copper coils and a low impedance of 56 ohms. A powerful magnet enables a 2.5mV output, resulting in an ultra-light moving mass for a high-output MC cartridge.

    This lighter moving mass enhances precision in tracking vinyl grooves, ensuring accurate and detailed sound reproduction. It improves transient response, allowing the stylus to instantly adapt to rapid musical changes and capture every nuance. Additionally, reduced inertia minimizes resonance and distortion, providing a cleaner and more realistic sound experience.


    LE SON SL1 MKII CARTRIDGE

    SPECIFICATIONS


    PHYSICAL
    • Cartridge Type: Moving Coil (Stereo)
    • Stylus: Diamond, Line Contact Shape
    • Cantilever: Boron Nitride Rod
    • Coils: 6N Copper
    • Body Material: 7075 Aluminum Alloy (Socket), Acrylic (Body)
    • Height: 17.8 mm
    • Weight: 8.7 grams
    ELECTRICAL
    • Output Voltage: 2.5 mV (1 kHz, 5 cm/s)
    • Frequency Response: 10 – 40,000 Hz
    • Channel Separation: Better than 28 dB at 1 kHz
    • Channel Balance: Better than 0.5 dB
    DYNAMIC
    • Dynamic Compliance: 16 μm/Dyne at 10 Hz
    SETUP
    • Recommended Loading: 47 kOhms (MM preamplifier)
    • Recommended Vertical Tracking Force (VTF): 1.5 – 1.9 grams
    • Reference Vertical Tracking Force (VTF): 1.7 grams
    • Recommended Tonearm Mass: 7 to 25 grams
    • Break-in Period: 25 hours
    ACCESSORIES
    • 1 x Hexagonal Key
    • 1 x Stylus Brush
    • 1 x Stylus Guard
    • 2 x Short Mounting Screws & Washers
    • 2 x Long Mounting Screws & Washers

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


    • Is there a warranty for the SL1 MKII cartridge?
    • With which turntables or tonearms can I use the SL1 MKII Cartridge?
    • Can the SL1 MKII cartridge be retipped?
    • What is the stylus lifespan of the SL1 MKII cartridge?
    Is there a warranty for the SL1 MKII cartridge?

    We stand behind the quality and performance of the SL1 MKII, and we offer a comprehensive 1-year warranty. This warranty begins from the moment you receive your package.

    For complete details and conditions of the warranty, we invite you to review our General Terms & Conditions. Our aim is to provide you with not just an exceptional product, but also the peace of mind that comes with knowing your investment is protected.

    With which turntables or tonearms can I use the SL1 MKII Cartridge?

    Every turntable setup has its unique characteristics, and understanding these is crucial for achieving the best sound. The interaction between the cartridge and tonearm creates a specific resonance frequency, shaped by two main factors: the ‘springiness’ of the cartridge, known as compliance, and the effective mass of the tonearm.

    In an ideal setup, this resonant frequency should fall between 8Hz and 11Hz to ensure optimal performance. The SL1 MKII cartridge, with its compliance of 16μm/mN, is designed to pair seamlessly with medium-light and medium mass tonearms (effective mass ranging from 7 to 25 grams). Not sure if your turntable fits this category? Don’t worry. Our team is here to assist you. Contact us, and we will help verify the compatibility with your setup.

    Can the SL1 MKII cartridge be retipped?

    Over time, even the highest quality styli require retipping. We offer a retipping service for the SL1 MKII, ensuring your cartridge delivers exceptional audio quality in the long run.

    When you feel it’s time for a retipping, simply reach out to us. We will provide you with all the necessary information and guide you through the process, making it as smooth and straightforward as possible. Our goal is to ensure your SL1 MKII cartridge remains a vital part of your audio setup for years to come.

    The SL1 MKII standard retipping service, priced at 190 USD including shipping and customs duties, provides a new cantilever and stylus assembly, with a commitment to complete the work within 7 business days from receiving the cartridge.

    What is the stylus lifespan of the SL1 MKII cartridge?

    Unlike common stylus shapes such as conical or elliptical, a line contact stylus distributes the vertical tracking force (VTF) over a wider area. This reduces wear and prolongs the stylus’s lifespan.

    Furthermore, the SL1 MKII cartridge is engineered with a low VTF of just 1.7g. This gentle approach minimizes the pressure exerted on both the record and the stylus, enhancing the longevity of your record collection and the stylus itself.

    On average, the stylus of the SL1 MKII cartridge offers a lifespan ranging from 1,000 to 1,500 hours of playback. To put it into perspective, if you enjoy your records for about two hours every day, the SL1 MKII stylus can serve you well for approximately two years.


    If there is anything else you would like to know or if you need further assistance, feel free to CONTACT US.

    Our team is dedicated to providing you with timely and helpful responses, usually within 24 hours.