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Item: Dynavector KARAT 17D2 MKII Moving Coil Cartridge
Location: Len Wallis Audio HQ
Price: $725
Item Condition: Excellent Secondhand Condition
Payment Method: Credit Cards, Cash, Paypal, Bank Transfers, ZipPay
Shipping: We can shipping to anywhere in the 16 known universes
Extra Info: Take your vinyl payback to the next level with this excellent DV Karat 17D2 MKII. As with all cartridges we have inspected this one under the microscope (actual images included below) and it is in excellent condition.

(taken direct from the Dynavector website)
Description:
17D2MKll Karat Diamond is the first cartridge built using 'dispersion' theory. Its Micro-Ridge stylus and very short (1.7mm) solid diamond cantilever give a huge reduction in 'frequency dispersion', unmatched dynamics and a high frequency extension all the way up to 100kHz. The latest patented magnet circuit design increases the output to 0.26mV with crystal clear mid-range and treble even during the largest symphonic crescendos.
Features and Improvements:

Dynavector Karat is notable for its gemstone cantilever. This 1.7mm long and 0.25 mm in diameter solid diamond cantilever has its 0.06 square mm stylus mounting hole precision cut by a laser beam machining precess.The Micro Ridge of 0.06 square mm nude diamond stylus is carefully mounted in the cantilever. The armature of 0.9mm square and 0.4mm thick is much smaller than normal, upon which are wounded 70 turns per channel of 11 micron fine wire.

Due to the short rigid construction of the cantilever the 17D2MKll showed a flat frequency response up to 50KHz.

The New 17D2MKII now features Dynavector's unique magnetic flux damping and softened magnetism (patent) along with powerful Neodymium magnet that combine to eliminate any hardness or irritating edginess that commonly occurs in many moving coil cartridges. This has also enabled to increase the output of 0.26mV.

Specifications:
Type     Low output moving coil cartridge with flux damper and softened magnetism
Output Voltage     0.26mV (at 1KHz, 5cm/sec.)
Channel Separation     25 dB (at 1KHz)
Channel balance     1.0 dB (at 1KHz)
Frequency response     20 - 20,000Hz (± 1dB), 20 - 100,000Hz
Compliance     15 mm/N
Tracking force     1.8 - 2.2 g
Impedance     32 ohms
Recommended load impedance     > 100 ohms
Cantilever     1.7mm length, 0.25dia solid diamond
Stylus tip     Micro-Ridge
Weight     5.3 g
 

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Great pictures this is a moving coil not moving magnet per 1st line in item description.

 

Great photos of the stylus.

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Hi LWA

 

What do these retail for in Australia?

 

And any idea how much life is left in it?

 

Regards, Peter

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Hi Peter, at the time they sold for $1,175. It has since been upgraded to the DV-17DX, which now sells for $2,490.

This is actually an ex-display unit so it would have had very little use. We have had a good look at this under our microscope and it shows very little indication of wear. Unfortunately somewhere along the way we have lost the origional box. Regards, len

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