GRADO phono cartridge
Timbre Sonata3 (Stereo, High)
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The Sonata 3 is a brushed-up version of the Platinum 3. It uses the same highly sophisticated manufacturing process as the higher end models, but uses Australian Jarra wood for the housing without any hardening process, so that the inherent acoustic characteristics of the wood can be further appreciated. It is equipped with the same solid oval needle made of synthetic diamond as in the higher Master3 models, and the coil is made of the same high purity UHPLC (Ultra high purity long crystal) oxygen-free copper as in the higher models. This model makes the most of the characteristics of Jara wood, which produces a precise transparency without losing depth, and allows you to enjoy the charm of the GRADO sound.
This is a stereo high output model.
Into the Woods
The Sonata3 does everything the Platinum3 can do - but does it better thanks to an intricate processes while being crafted.
Everything you can do...
A Step Up
While similar to its younger sibling in a few aspects, the Sonata3 has a much longer build time since it undergoes extremely unique processes only a few of our cartridges go through. This longer, more intricate practice produces a more colorful and deeper sound.
To make the Timbre Series work as a whole, we created a way for Jarrah, diamonds, and a twin magnet system to integrate with our Flux-Bridge™. We modified our four piece OTL cantilever technology to achieve a 10% tip mass reduction over the Prestige Series and use ultra-high purity long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper wire in the coils. The Sonata3 uses a specially Grado designed nude elliptical diamond.
In the Details.
Grado has combined newly developed coil winding techniques with decades-old disciplines. A new two-step shielding process brings not only exact unison between the four coils but an unobstructed path for a cleaner signal. The music is allowed to travel undistorted through the coils, greatly reducing mechanical noise while improving tracking. There is an extreme clarity over the full frequency range, with absolutely no stridency or shrillness. Precisely hand tipped with a diamond, a great amount of care go into each cartridge we build.
The Sound of Wood.
Built from Jarrah
After the Sonata3 cartridge is crafted, it is then placed inside a Australian Jarrah housing. Jarrah is necessary for the majority of Timbre Series with its ability to produce surgically precise clarity without losing any depth. Through a variation of thermal aging processes, the housing gains the ability to better dampen and control the resonant frequencies.
Hand-Built in Brooklyn
Each Sonata3 is hand-built by our team in Brooklyn, as it has been for decades. After a specialized process that brings it to life, they are fine tuned for everything from entry-level turntables up to the highest-end stereo systems, the solid mass of the wood helps keep the Sonata3 steady and producing the Grado signature sound. We started building cartridges on a kitchen table in 1953, and every experience since then has led to the creation of the Sonata3.
Body: Australian Jarrah Wood
Cantilever: Aluminum / Elliptical Diamond
Output: 4.0mV @5 CMV (45)
Resistance: High Output 660 ohms
Input Load: 10k-47k ohms
Cartridge Weight: 9 grams
Tracking Force: 1.6-1.9 grams
Channel Seperation: Average 30db - 10-30k Hz
Controlled Frequency Response: 10-60 KHz
Non-Sensative to Capacitative Load
Builds: High Output Stereo
JAN code : 4528114020449