Phasemation PP-Mono 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.
Newly-designed Magneto System
The appearance and material of magneto system are newly designed about the high efficiency and high resolution for providing for monaural. R of end of stylus chip to key of tracing is set to 1.0 mil. For cantilever, the aluminum pipe, which is light and strong and excellent to capability tracing a monaural signal, is adopted. By combining the originally-designed magneto coil with this, the recreation of excellent feeling of sound field and freshness has been successfully realized, which has been difficult for the conventional monaural cartridges.
Strong Body Structure
As the materials of base and body we adopt stainless material and duralumin respectively. Furthermore, DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) *1) coating is conducted; thereby, the structure excellent at rigidity and vibration-damping characteristics is 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
We inherit the following materials for high quality audio sound well-acknowledged in our PP-1000: samarium-cobalt magnet, magneto coil made of 6N oxygen-free copper wire, pure iron coil bobbin and others.
|Magneto method||Moving coil method|
|Appropriate stylus pressure||2.0 g|
|Output voltage||0.38 mV or more(1 kHz, 50 mm/s, Horizontal direction)|
|Playable frequency range||10Hz to 30kHz|
|Channel balance||1 dB or less (1 kHz)|
|Mass of body||14.7 g|
|Stylus chip:||Diamond (Round pin; Curvature: 1.0 mil)|