Received some rather interesting news out of Brooklyn, NY today. Grado Labs has some brand new phono cartridges!
Grado Epoch: $12,000; August 2017
Grado Aeon: $6,000; Early 2018
From the press release:
The Brooklyn Company Kicks Off The Lineage Series With Sapphire And Cocobolo
Grado Labs is proud to announce a major step forward in phono cartridge design, the all-new Lineage Series. The first two cartridges to join the series are the Brooklyn built Epoch and Aeon. For the first time in the family’s sixty-four year history, sapphire, gold, diamond, and cocobolo wood join forces to produce the finest hand-built cartridge ever.
The Epoch and Aeon, which see final assembly by John Grado himself on his workbench, are two cartridges that offer exceptional reproduction of vocals and instruments, with superlative tonal balance, dynamics, imaging, and realism. Grado’s coil winding techniques, which have been honed throughout the decades, have let them achieve exact unison between the four coils in each phono cartridge. This allows for a precise balance between channels and accurate stereo imaging. Each Grado is wound with the finest properly sized and annealed 24-karat solid gold wire, which is the ultimate conductor for the transmission of the music from your record.
All of the internal magnetic circuit parts are Swiss screw machined or molded metal, which have tolerances on the order of the best Swiss-made watches. The specially designed diamond stylus, for the first time in a Grado, is mounted on a sapphire cantilever that connects to the stylus generating system. The Epoch and Aeon feature a unique system that has the lowest effective moving mass of any cartridge, while Grado’s patented Flux-Bridger generator design creates a superior balance throughout the full frequency spectrum with superb resolution and clarity, which produces an overall truer picture of the music. This is all nestled inside a cocobolo wooden housing.
“Not many people know this, but Grado invented the stereo moving coil phono cartridge in the 1950s.” notes CEO & owner John Grado. “Soon after, we discovered an inherent design issue that causes a high frequency emphasis which cannot be corrected through any type of engineering. This encouraged us into designing a new series of phono cartridges. This patented design eliminated all of the known issues of the moving coils.”
In 1953, the Grado family started building cartridges on their kitchen table. Every experience in the family’s history has led to the creation of the Lineage Series. The Epoch and Aeon represent the craftsmanship and unwavering dedication to sound that has been Grado’s main focus for over half a century. The Epoch will be available August 2017 for $12,000, and the Aeon will be available early 2018 for $6,000.
About Grado Labs
Grado Labs was founded in 1953 by audio legend Joseph Grado. Today Grado makes world- renowned hand-built headphones, phono cartridges, and amplifiers. This third-generation family- owned company still operates out of its original Brooklyn location, led by current owner and CEO John Grado, whose son Jonathan serves as VP of Marketing. The company has been called “the finest electricity-to-sound transducer in the world,” and sound remains the company’s top priority. More at www.gradolabs.com. Hand-built in Brooklyn!