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PC3 Air Tight - Phono Cartridge

EASY-TO-LISTEN, BALANCED TONAL QUALITY Top-notched sonic quality with wide range frequency spectrum under an out standing S/N ratio Multi-structure cantilever composed of baron & aluminium for optimum signal transmission Semi-line contact diamond tip ensuring accurate trackability .

The Air Tight PC-3 cartridge delivers high-quality sound at a price lower than its big brother, the PC-1!

The PC-3 offers an outstanding signal-to-noise ratio, which is achieved through its "high-energy output from low-impedance" circuitry. Many manufacturers have attempted to resolve this issue by employing various materials and devices, such as purification of wire material, stylus tip polish, and a high-energy magnet. Compared to the samarium or cerium cobalt magnets used thirty years ago, the neodynium magnets forming much of today's technology can produce as much as three times the energy product, but they do not help augment the output voltage. It is mechanically and physically impossible to increment the output voltage of today's moving coil cartridges up to the 3-5 mV level due to load amount imposed on the vibration system.

In light of usual workable range of step-up and head-amp devices, it was considered to be reasonable to set up the output voltage at 0.5-0.7 mV. Air Tight's first task to accomplish this goal was to design high-efficiency magnetic circuitry. The reason that the high-energy product inherent in today's magnets cannot be utilized lies in the magnetic saturation of the pole piece and material. Regardless of the material selected, it is not possible to overcome this barrier unless saturation flux density is augmented.

After years of exhaustive research and design efforts, Air Tight finally revealed its exclusive ultra-high- core material, named SH-X! This SH-X permits a remarkable reduction in the number of coil winds. Inner loss is kept to a minimum, and its high output voltage makes it possible to reproduce a vast frequency range with extraordinary high resolution throughout the entire audible spectrum .

The Air Tight PC-3 is presented in superior packaging, including a silver-lined box, fitted in decorative paper, and further protected in a small wooden padded box with the Air Tight faceplate. This deluxe packaging is only available for a limited time!

Specifications :

  • Output Voltage: 0.55 mV at 1kHz 5 cm/sec
  • Channel Balance: 0.8 dB
  • Stylus Tip: 3um X 30um semi-line contact
  • Weight: 13.5 g
  • Tracking Force Range: 2.0 to 2.2 g
  • Internal Impedance: 9 ohms
  • Recommended Loading: 50-100 ohms
  • Frequency Response: 10-50,000 Hz
  • Crosstalk: Greater Than 30db @ 1 kz
  • Pins: Rhodium-plated polished
  • Cantilever: Boron & aluminum
  • Core Material: SH-X
  • Magnet: Samarium-cobalt
  • Designed by A. Miura, manufactured by Matsudaira

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 16 March, 2010.

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