Phasemation PP-1000 Stereo Moving Coil Cartridge
Who Are Phasemation?
Phasemation may be a new name in the UK, but is actually an old and well established Japanese audio maker which has been around since 1970, originally called Kyodo Denshi System and initially an test instrumentation manufacturer. Fast forward to the 1990s and the company became an OEM manufacturer of MC step-up transformers and D/A converters for internationally well-known audio brands.
In 2002, the company started its own high-end audio brand, then called Phase Tech, and in the next few years they produced their first MC Phono Cartridge, the P-1, followed quickly by the Phase Tech T-1 MC step-up transformer. In the following year, Phase Tech produced a CD transport and EA-1 tube phono equaliser. The first MC phono cartridge, Phase Tech P-3 was released in 2005 and updated and improved in 2007 as the P-3G.
In late 2010, Phase Tech became Phasemation. The following year, the Phasemation PP-1000 cartridge was released, being essentially an update of the original P-1 but with a signifivantly re-designed magnetic circuit. In 2012 the PP-300 cartridge was released, as an entry-level product but still based on the PP-1000. In 2015, the ‘flagship’ PP-2000 cartridge appeared, building on the PP-1000 but with a different magnetic yoke and circuit. The following year the PP-500 cartridge was released, and this model is a ‘trickle down’ design based very much on the PP-2000.
Phasemation have produced many more high-end audio products over the years which can be seen at www.phasemation.com but here at TVA we are mostly interested in the moving coil cartridges and step-up transformers, which offer a really good balance of fine musical performance and value, particularly when seen against much of the high-end alternatives on offer by other companies.
Phasemation PP-1000 Stereo Moving Coil Cartridge
Prior to the new PP-2000, the PP-1000 was the top model in Phasemation’s range of high end pickup cartridges, developed from the original Phase Tech P1. There is definitely a family sound character across Phasemation cartridges and the PP-1000 shares with other models the delicate, yet muscular and above all musical sound, with notably low surface noise (a refreshing trait, in our view). How does it compare to the PP-300 and PP-500 in terms of sound? Well, our experience is that the PP-1000 shares the same essential ‘cultured’ nature of the other models, with a fresher and richer character. For anyone who has become a little weary of high end moving coil cartridges that feel like they have an artificially ‘etched’ and harsh sound character, Phasemation offer a range of modern sounding cartridges that always remain delicate and sweet sounding, without being overly ‘warm’.
Phasemation cartridges work with most modern arms having medium to high effective mass. Phasemation give their compliance figures expressed at 100Hz (as do most Japanese makers), but according to our measurements the compliance at 10Hz is 14.10^-6cm/dyne, which makes them pretty much medium compliance cartridges. All Phasemation cartridges work very well with Jelco TK-850 or Jelco TK-950 tonearms. Phasemation cartridges have a healthy output of 0.3mV making them easy to match with most MC phonostages and moving coil step-up transformers.
Redesigning the magnetic circuit
The magnetic circuit of P-1G has been reconsidered in full scale; as a result, the shapes of front yoke and pole piece have been redesigned. Therefore, the shapes well suited for efficiency and magnetic uniformity have been successfully realized. It has been realized that the output is increased without increasing the mass of vibration section.
Redesigning the body structure
The material of P-1 body has been reconsidered from the beginning in order to get the best balance of sound quality. The materials of base and body have been respectively changed to stainless material and duralumin. Furthermore, DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) *1) coating is conducted; thereby, the sound quality being well suited for the rigidity and vibration-damping properties and being also suitable to be a flagship has been realized.
*1 DLC（Diamond Like Carbon）is a generic name of carbon film to be produced with vapor phase synthesis utilizing ion processing; and the high rigidity and high electric insulation similar to a diamond are provided for it.
Inheriting the high quality materials for audio sound
High quality materials for audio sound verified in P-1G and other models are inherited; and they are well-acknowledged until now for the following parts:
Cantilever made of pure boron material,
Magneto coil, pure iron coil, bobbin and wire damper made of 6N oxygen-free copper wire, and others.
Please contact the dealer when exchanging the needle.
|Power Generation Method||Moving Coil Type|
|Applicable Stylus Force||1.7 to 2.0g|
|Output Voltage||0.29mV(horizontal direction of 1kHz 50mm/s)|
|Playing Frequency Range||10Hz to 30kHz|
|Separation||30dB or more (1kHz)|
|Channel Balance||Within 1dB (1kHz）|
|Range of Recommended Temperature||20℃ to 26℃|
|Stylus Chip||Diamond(line contact / curvature 0.03×0.003mm)|
|Cantilever||Pure Boron φ0.26|
|Magnet||Samarium Cobalt Magnet|
|Magnetic Circuit Composition Material||Permendur|
|Base||Stainless(Diamond Like Carbon processing)|
|Body||Duralumin(Diamond Like Carbon processing)|