"I was surprised, however, by the improvement in sonic nuances that the Statement Sonata cartridge made over the Grados I've auditioned in the past."
"The Sonata does a great job in reproducing the bass with classical jazz, bass guitar, and ordinary symphonic music. ...you get very, very good bass for the money."
"Yes, the midrange was excellent. It was more detailed than was the case with my older Grado cartridges, but was till rich, sweet, and compelling. Maybe still just a touch warm, but just a touch."
"If you like live music -- which has an amazing lack of the high frequency energy common on virtually all modern recordings -- you will find the Grado's upper octaves do a very good job of matching musical realty."
"I suspect that few 'affordable' combinations in anything like their price range [$1,000 for both*] are as free of listening fatigue, and offer as musically natural sound. Very nice indeed!"
* Note Grado Sonata was reviewed with the Grado PH-1 phono preamp.
- Anthony Cordesman in The Audiophile Voice, Volume 9, Issue 2.