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Ikeda - Kai - MC Cartridge

Ikeda - Kai - MC Cartridge 

IKEDA Sound Labs new KAI Reference MC Cartridge is the highlight of over four decades of experiences in cartridge design.

The KAI is designed to rank amongst the very best out there together with Lyra Atlas and Goldfinger Statement. It represents Ikeda san's over 4 decades of experiences in cartridge design. The KAI represents his finest masterpiece ever made in his entire analog career.

The new KAI moving coil cartridge is the culmination of technology and craftsmanship to now represent his best efforts to date.

Each cartridge is hand assembled, precisely aligned and inspected one by one.

Output voltage is 0.19 mVrms, coil impedance is 2.5 Ohms and appropriate stylus force is 1.8 gram (+/-0.2 grams). Frequency response is from 10Hz to 45kHz, channel separation is over 27dB and channel balance is within 1.0dB (1kHz).

The newest flagship Ikeda KAI MC cartridge is the very special model that uses the high quality materials and components in each part of cartridge in order to further improve the performance over conventional models.

The body unit is made of a solid aluminum alloy and the base mounting the generator unit is made of the strongest Titanium by lathing a piece of aluminum alloy and Titanium one by one precisely. The body unit is buff polished and then coated with an Ikeda Blue Alumite. These special materials and the craftsmanship will bring out thoroughly the possible abilities of both the micro-ridge stylus chip which will be able to trace a groove accurately up to the super high range and also of the cantilever made of Boron which can secure a superior delivery of oscillation.

In addition, thanks to the highly efficient Permalloy core, low impedance coils, ideally shaped magnet yoke and the generator unit embedded samarium-cobalt magnet; it is possible to reproduce the sound as close as the original at the highest level.

The Ikeda KAI cartridge is always carefully assembled, precisionaligned, and meticulously produced one by one.



  • The special IKEDA Blue Alumite housing is crafted from solid Aluminum alloy with buff finish. 
  • The Top of the cartridge is made of Titanium.
  • The Base of the cartridge to sustain the generator unit is made of Titanium.
  • The Cantilever is made of Boron to ensure proper delivery of oscillation. 
  • Highly efficient Permalloy core, low impedance coils, ideally shaped magnet yoke and the generator unit embedded a samarium-cobalt magnet are further highlights of the new IKEDA KAI MC Cartridge design.


Electromagnetic Generator
        Moving Coil (MC)

Output Voltage 
        0.19 mVrms (1kHz 35.4mm/sec. at 45°peak)

Coil Impedance
        2.5 Ohms (1kHz)

Appropriate Stylus Force
        1.8 Grams ±0.2 Grams

Frequency Response 
        10Hz - 45kHz

Channel Separation 
        Over 27dB (1kHz)

Channel Balance
        Within 1.0dB (1kHz)

Stylus Chip 
        Micro-ridge solid pure diamond

        Made of Boron

Top Panel
        Made of the strongest Titanium

        11.5 Grams

        7 x 10-6cm/dyne

Connecting Terminals
        Left Channel, White (hot), Blue (ground)
        Right Channel, Red (hot), Green (ground)

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