Charisma Audio

Its founder, Bernard Li, with over more than 40 years’ experience in audio, has collected some solid ideas to inspire the design and manufacture of these wonderful cartridges.

He began setting up turntables in the mid-70′s. He was considered an absolute expert in analog. This lead him into becoming a contributing editor of Audiotechnique, the number one audio magazine in Hong Kong, for over 14 years. His years of experience in listening and writing as well as his close relationships in the audio industry have given him the knowledge needed to select the right products and designers to produce these three world class cartridges.

Ultimate in simplicity and purity is the foundation of their designs.

The MC-1 Moving Coil Cartridge $1530

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Specifications:

Cartridge Weight: 12 g
Cantilever: titanium alloy
Stylus: super fine line contact nude diamond
Coil: pure iron crossed-coil with 6N OCC copper
Output Voltage: 0.4 mV at 3.54 cm/sec.
Internal Impedance: 13 ohms
Dynamic Compliance: 10 um/mN
Recommended Loading: 100 – 1,000 ohms
Recommended Tracking Force: 2.0 g ± 0.1 g

The MC-2 Moving Coil Cartridge $2080

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Specifications:

Cartridge Weight: 12 g
Cantilever: sapphire
Stylus: super fine line contact nude diamond
Coil: pure iron crossed-coil with single crystal high purity copper
Output Voltage: 0.42 mV at 3.54 cm/sec.
Internal Impedance: 14 ohms
Dynamic Compliance: 10 um/mN
Recommended Loading: 100 – 1,000 ohms
Recommended Tracking Force: 2.0 g ± 0.1 g

Positive’s Feedback’s review of the MC-2 by Myles B. Astor

The Reference One Moving Coil Cartridge $2730

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Specifications

Cartridge Weight: 7.1 g
Cartridge Body: amboyna burl wood
Cantilever: ruby
Stylus: super fine line contact nude diamond
Coil: pure iron crossed-coil with ultra high purity single crystal copper
Output Voltage: 0.42 mV at 3.54 cm/sec.
Internal Impedance: 14 ohms
Dynamic Compliance: 10 um/mN
Recommended Loading: 100 – 1,000 ohms
Recommended Tracking Force: 2.0 g ± 0.1 g

Wall of Sounds review of the Reference One by Noam Bronstein

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