The Grado Sonata 1 Statement Series Phono Cartridge has a newly redesigned coil and the effective moving mass of its generating system has been reduced by 17%.
This Statement Series version has an output of 0.5mV.
The Reference Series has an output of 4.0mV if you are looking for that version.
Grado's Sonata 1 is a perennial favorite and one of the best selling Grado cartridges. It has a full rich sound, with a glorious midrange presence other cartridges can't match. Bass is taut and deep and the Sonata1 has a silky top end that seduces you into listening for hours at a time.
This Reference series cartridge is hand-assembled within a machined, newly processed, Australian Jarrah wood housing. It uses a modified four piece OTL cantilever technology achieving a 10% tip mass reduction over the Prestige series and ultra-high purity long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper wire in the coils. The Sonata model uses Grado's specially designed nude elliptical diamond.
Each individual cartridge manufactured by Grado is hand assembled and tested for frequency response, channel output, channel balance, phase linearity, inductance and resistance. This meticulous care in design and construction lavished on each Grado cartridge contributes to an unchallenged consistency of performance and guarantee of reliability.
"For the extra money, the Reference Sonata represents a leap of performance beyond the Platinum and hints at what an expensive moving coil can do."Stereophile / Robert Reina Vol.21, No.6.