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"Editor's Choice" Winner 2006 -- The Absolute Sound
Take a Big "Performance Leap"
The newly redesigned Reference Sonata1 moving coil cartridge has had its coil design reconfigured, and the effective moving mass of the generating system has been reduced by 17%. This decrease in stylus mass allows for enhanced tracking with improved imaging, giving a quicker, more accurate reproduction of the music. All this is hand-assembled within a machined, new processed, Australian Jarrah wood housing.
The Sonata1 uses a modified four piece OTL cantilever technology achieving a 10% tip mass reduction over the Prestige series and ultra-high purity long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper wire in the coils.
The Sonata1 uses Grado's specially designed nude elliptical diamond.
The results of Grado's careful attention to materials and design excellence are impressive. "For the extra money, the Reference Sonata represents a leap of performance beyond the Platinum and hints at what an expensive moving coil can do," marvels Robert Reina in the Vol. 21, No. 6 issue of Stereophile.
An Award-Winning "Wonderful Performer"
The Grado Sonata Reference won the coveted "Editors' Choice Award" in the October 2006 issue of The Absolute Sound magazine, which calls it "a wonderful performer… It delivers a naturally sweet treble, refined tone colors, and very good detail, particularly in the midband."
Editor's Choice Best Buy 2004 -- The Absolute Sound
"A wonderful performer...it delivers a naturally sweet treble, refined tone colors, and very good detail, particularly in the middle band."
-- The Absolute Sound, February/March 2004.