TECHNICAL BULLETIN #2

RECOMMENDED PHONO CARTRIDGES
for use with AUDIBLE ILLUSIONS MODULUS PREAMPLIFIERS

TO OUR DEALERS AND MODULUS PREAMPLIFIER OWNERS

Audible Illusions continues to offer the Modulus preamplifier in two versions. Our standard model is optimized for Moving Magnet and High Output Moving Coil cartridges. We also offer the preamp with high-gain Gold Plated Moving Coil boards designed by noted authority on low-level design, John Curl.

Many manufacturers of low-output moving coil cartridges recommend impedance loading. We have discovered that, with our preamplifiers, these cartridges sound better into the Modulus’ optional MC 47kOhm phono stage without additional loading. However, with our preamps that have the MC boards installed, if the owner desires these boards are capable of being loaded with precision film resistors.

Occasionally we evaluate various phono cartridges and solicit opinions from Modulus owners, our dealers and reviewers. Attached is our current list of recommended cartridges that we feel work best with our preamplifiers.

MOVING COIL CARTRIDGES (MEDIUM HIGH OUTPUT)

Cartridge Output Voltage List Price
Benz Micro ACE SH 2.5mV $ 900.00
Benz Micro Glider SH 2.5mV $ 1,200.00
Dynavector 20X2 (H) 2.5mV $ 850.00
Goldring Eroica (HO) 2.5mV $ 750.00
Grado Prestige Gold 3.0mV $ 220.00
Sumiko Blue Point Special 2.5mV $ 495.00
Van den Hul MC-Two Special 2.25mV $ 2,150.00

MOVING MAGNET CARTRIDGES (MEDIUM-HIGH OUTPUT)

Clearaudio Virtuoso Wood 3.6mV $ 750.00
Clearaudio Maestro 3mV $ 1,200.00
Grado Reference 1 4.0mV $ 1,500.00
Grado Reference 4.5mV $ 1,200.00
Ortofon 2M Black 2.5mV $ 699.00
Shure MX97XE 3.0mV $ 149.00
Soundsmith Boheme 2.5mV $ 990.00
Soundsmith Zephyr 2.5mV $ 999.00

MOVING COIL CARTRIDGES (LOW OUTPUT) FOR USE WITH AI M/C STAGE

Benz Micro ACE SL .4mV $ 900.00
Benz Micro ACE SM .8mV $ 900.00
Benz Micro Glider SL .26mV $ 1,200.00
Benz Micro MC LP-S .36mV $ 5,000.00
Denon DL-103R .5mV $ 385.00
Dynavector 20X2 (L) .3mV $ 850.00
Dynavector Karat .3mV $ 1,150.00
Dynavector DRT XV-1S .3mV $ 5,450.00
Goldring Elite .5mV $ 900.00
Koetsu Black .4mV $ 1,990.00
Koetsu Rosewood .4mV $ 2,900.00
Koetsu Rosewood Signature .4mV $ 4,500.00
Koetsu Urushi Vermillion .2mV $ 5,500.00
Koetsu Onyx Platinum .3mV $ 8,800.00
Lyra Delos .6mV $ 1,650.00
Ortofon Black Shibata .35mV $ 2,499.00
Soundsmith Voice .25mV $ 2,799.00
Transfiguration Phoenix .4mV $ 4,250.00
Van den Hul MC-10 .65mV $ 1,500.00