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Grado - Reference3 - Timbre Series Phono Cartridge


Grado - Reference3 - Timbre Series Phono Cartridge

The Reference Series of wooden cartridges are a fixed coil design, hand-assembled at Grado labs from a specially selected species of Australian Jarrah Wood. An intricate procedure of curing is done between production steps to achieve optimal sonic quality. This series generator/stylus module is not replaceable* allowing a redesigned one-piece magnetic circuit and a reduction of chassis resonances.

The Reference Series utilizes manufacturing and assembly techniques of fantastic accuracy and precision, and the result is virtual perfection.

The Grado Reference 3 cartridge should be used only with the finest equipment. The recommended tracking force is 1.6-1.9.


The newly redesigned Master2 and Reference2 cartridges have had their coil design reconfigured, and the effective moving mass of their generating system has been reduced by 17%. All this is hand-assembled within a machined, new processed, Australian Jarrah wood housing.

The Master2 and Reference2 models use a five piece OTL cantilever technology achieving an additional 5% tip mass reduction over the Platinum1 and Sonata1 models. The coils are wound with ultra-high purity long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper wire.

The Master2 model is mounted with Grado's specially designed nude elliptical diamond, and the Reference2 model uses Grado's true ellipsoid design diamond.


Australian Jarrah Wood

Machined Boron / Diamond Tip

High 4.0mV @5 CMV (45)
Low 1.0mV @5 CMV (45)

Controlled Frequency Response
10 - 60,000 hZ

Channel Separation
Average 30db - 10-30k Hz

Tracking Force
1.6 - 1.9 GRAMS

Channel Separation at 1 KHz
Average 30db - 10 - 30k Hz

Input Load
10k - 47k ohms

Stylus Type

High Output 55mH
Low Output 6mH

High Output 660 ohms
Low Output 70 ohms

Compliance CUs

Stylus Replacement Manufacturer
Grado Labs Factor (Brooklyn, NY)

Mounting Style

High Output, Low Output, Mono

Phone Cartridge Weight
10 grams

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