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Grado - Sonata3 - Timbre Series Phono Cartridge

Grado - Reference Series - Sonata V2 - Phono Cartridge

Grado - Sonata V3 - Timbre Series Phono Cartridge

The Reference Series V2 of wooden cartridges are hand-crafted at Grado Labs from a 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 Timbre Series V3 utilizes manufacturing and assembly techniques that result is musical perfection. The Timbre Series3 should be used with only the finest equipment. Recommended tracking force 1.6 to 1.9 grams.

The Sonata V3 model uses a modified four piece OTL cantilever technology achieving a 10% tip mass reduction over the Prestige series and ultra-high purity long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper wire in the coils.

The Sonata model also uses Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted on a brass bushing, and the Sonata model uses Grado's specially designed nude elliptical diamond.

*All wooden series cartridges are 1/2" mount


  • Fixed-Coil Design
  • Hand-Crafted at Grado Labs (Made in the USA)
  • Made of Australian Jarrah Wood
  • One-piece Magnet Circuit
  • Four-piece OTL Cantilever Technology
  • 10% Tip Mass-Reduction over the Prestige Series of cartridges
  • Ultra-High Purity Long Crystal (UHPLC) Oxygen-Free Copper Wire
  • 1/2" Mount Wooden Cartridge
  • Elliptical Diamond mounted on Brass Bushing


Australian Jarrah Wood

Aluminum / Elliptical Diamond

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

Controlled Frequency Response
10 - 60 KHz

Channel Separation
Average 30 DB - 10-30,000 Hz

High Output 55mH
Low Output 6mH

High Output 660 ohms
Low Output 70 ohms

Non Sensitive to Capacitive Load Chasis Mass
10 grams

Tracking Force
1.6 - 1.9 grams

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

Input Load
10k - 47k ohms

Stylus Type

45 mH

Compliance CUs

Stylus Replacement Manufacturer
Grado Labs Factor (Brooklyn, NY)

Mounting Style

High Output, Low Output, Mono

Phono Cartridge Weight
9 grams

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