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Grado Reference Sonata2 Cartridge

Grado Sonata2
Grado Reference Sonata2 CartridgePurchase OnlinePrice per item: $909.00 Christchurch 330 St Asaph Street, Christchurch Central Christchurch New Zealand 172.6476606 -43.5364992 Wellington 150 Willis Street, Te Aro Wellington New Zealand 174.7741078 -41.2902039
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Grado Reference Sonata2 Cartridge


This model is a special order and is usually dispatched within 2 weeks of order

There's good reason why Grado waited two decades before updating its acclaimed Sonata MC phono cartridge to Reference Sonata2 status. Namely, the front-to-back enhancements and changes to this stunning tracker are so vast, they required meticulous preparation and years of research.


But the wait is totally worth it. Grado's Reference Sonata2 feels and sounds like an entirely new component when compared to its predecessor. Its redesigned wood chassis optimizes mass distribution for increased stability and more precise imaging. Re-engineered coils and rare-earth magnets provide better output and greater dynamic range. You'll also benefit from finer low-level information and improved clarity. Reference Sonata2 MC also boasts an improved stylus-generator ring for even lower moving mass, while four-piece OTL cantilever technology achieves a ten-percent tip-mass reduction over the Prestige Series. Ultra-high-purity long-crystal (UHPLC) oxygen-free copper wire in the coils and a nude elliptical diamond stylus complete this high-end analog jewel.


Intricately Cured, Hand-Crafted, and Ready to Provide Prime Performance Reference Sonata2 is hand-crafted at Grado Labs from Australian Jarrah wood, which is intricately cured between production steps to achieve optimal sonic quality. Reference Sonata2's generator/stylus module is not replaceable, allowing for a redesigned one-piece magnetic circuit and a reduction of chassis resonances. Designed for high-end analog gear and able to provide engaging performances, Reference Series2 has a recommended tracking force of 1.5 to 1.9 grams. Output measures at 5mV.



  • Output: 4.8 mV @ 5 cmV (45)
  • Controlled Frequency Response: 15 - 55 kHz
  • Channel Separation: Average 30 dB - 10 - 30 kHz
  • Load: 47,000 Ohms
  • Inductance: 30 mH
  • Resistance: 600 Ohms
  • Chassis Mass: 10g
  • Tracking Force: 1.5g - 1.9g


Replacement styli are available for $719.00

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