ETSURO-URUSHI BORDEAUX Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

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The masterly shine and texture is truly a miniature work of art.


The Bordeaux uses the stylus with the contact surface of 80μm「Super micro line diamond chip, which accurately traces the ultra-precise groove. This special stylus is aimed to play the sound recorded on the record in its true colours.

The sapphire pipe material has been chosen for the cantilever. By using sapphire which carries superb sound transmission character and hardness, the Bordeaux achieved vibration transmittance in high speed without creating any distortions. Not only for the cantilever, but the Bordeaux also introduced sapphire material at the base section.The base section which comes in contact with the headshell uses 2.5mm thickness pure sapphire plate. Because of this, the vibration transmission mechanism is completed in one body so that the cartridge could thoroughly eliminate the loss of signal.

The magnetic circuit is combined with the electromagnetic soft iron and samarium cobalt magnet allowing magnetic performance consistent to the vibration of the coils to secure overall balance and thickness to the sound.The terminal pin has been plated with gold plating to increase the contact between the terminals.

The housing of the Bordeaux has been handcrafted and applied with Japanese traditional urushi craft on the Extra-super duralumin (AL7505). The urushi coating of each Bordeaux body goes through various complex processes, handmade by the craftsmen of the long established Urushi Sakamoto Company, in order to gain rigidity and the beautiful texture layering of the Bordeaux colour. The details of this urushi are fascinating and could be observed on the first look of the Bordeaux cartridge.


Type: Moving Coil
Frequency response: 15-50,000Hz
Output voltage: 0.25mV/1kHz
Output balance: <0.5dB/1kHz
Channel separation: 33dB/1kHz
Tracking weight: 2gr
Impedance: 3Ω/1kHz
Trackability: >70μm/2gr
Stylus shape: 80μm microline diamond
Cantilever: 0.4φsapphire pipe
Cartridge base: 2.5mm Sapphire Plate
Cartridge housing: Extra super duralumin(A7075)
Housing processing: Special Grade Urushi Handmade
Terminal pin: Gold plated
Cartridge weight: 9.0 grams
Content: Warranty card, Instruction manual (Dimensions, specifications), Stylus brush, 2 mounting screws
Box Material: Paulownia aulownia
Spec Table: DOWNLOAD


Consumable product. No returns of used product. Phono cartridge stylus carry warranty of 2 years or 1000 hours, what comes first. More info find here