Bronze (Br) Collectors
The World’s First and Only “Tunable” and "Customizable" Phono Cartridge
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LOMC (Low Output Moving Coil) Phono Cartridges
The Bronze (Br) Collectors Series is offered to the most discerning audiophiles who desire the ultimate in sonic performance in tandem with a supreme finish. This series has the same specifications as the gold plated Bronze (Br) version except for the added external patina finish. Adding a patina to bronze helps to accelerate by thousands of years its corrosion so as to form a protective layer with the added benefit of adding a true captivating finish for all to see.
In the Collectors Series, each cartridge shell patina is an artwork, so every piece is unique. For the works, we have opted for six (6) distinct patina finishes. Among those, each individual shell part is manually done one by one by the artisan. At the end of the process, the artwork is finally protected with a trusted Museum micro-crystalline wax polish. The patinas age over the first years and get even better with time. Before handing our pieces to the artisan for the final touch, we carefully hand polish each shell part to a mirror finish so this later helps the patina have a deeper and more detailed visual impact. Last but not least, we devote a lot of time and energy in creations that represent our labor of love. Then, for the completion of the artworks, we needed to share together a synergy with the right artisan so he faithfully communicates the meaning of our dear product. The artworks were handed to a reputable smelter (Art foundry) here in Quebec.
Bronze's sonic signature...
To best compliment the way the Audio MusiKraft cartridge motors are designed, our latest research showed that the ideal metal shell environment to work with was a bronze alloy.
As usual, our primary objective was to provide optimal musical playback. In general, we believe bronze is quite favorable for high-performing audio component construction when introduced in strategic places. Here are two key reasons why we have chosen this mythic alloy in search of specific Sonics. One, for its heavier mass, to better control the arm resonances as well as stimulate the cartridge’s moving coil suspension, and secondly, by providing to the motor the best acoustically sound structure in reference to the proper alloy composition; i.e. copper, lead and tin which are low resonant materials. These supple materials dampen the ringing transmitted back to the generator usually associated with metals and which would translate into distortion. It turns out that bronze is regarded as a durable and ageless material which last millenniums which therefore represents in some way our strong and unique recyclable feature.
In every aspect, our quest for ultimate performance has proven us right.
Which Motor to Choose…
Audio MusiKraft offers two distinct cartridge motors in the First Series: DL-103 and DL-103R.
Mechanically, both motors closely resemble each other. To help distinguish them the external finish on the DL-103R is gold plated. The main difference stems from the DL-103R possessing a higher degree of copper wire purity resulting in a more faithful reproduction. Electrically; the DL-103R has a lower DC resistance so the recommended load is slightly different from each other and the DL-103R is slightly lower in output voltage than the DL-103.
Essentially the DL-103 is pleasing to listen to, it provides vivid sound which translates to a more «forefront» presentation. It offers more midrange bloom and it confers more presence than the DL-103R.
The listener looking for a more neutral and precise reproduction will prefer the DL-103R version. Subjectively, this one has a flatter frequency response in its entire passband. It has slightly better and refined timbre than the DL-103, especially notable in the mid-range portion; thanks to the use of 6N pure copper wire. Its lower moving coil equipment mass ensures quicker transients.
Using our cartridge requires at least three things:
- Medium to high mass tonearm to match these low compliance cartridges (i.e. 10g. and more).
- System ready for low output MC cartridges or either using a head amp or a step-up transformer (SUT).
- The Bronze (Br) Collectors First Series cartridges require a tonearm able to counterbalance 21g.
The Cartridge Includes:
- Either one of the two (2) motors: DL-103 or DL-103R;
- Offered in six (6) patinated artwork finish;
- One (1) nude tonewood set of your choice among our eight (8) standard selection;
- Some tuning tools, a screwdriver, and a screw kit for a trouble-free installation;
- A rigid black plastic jewel box.