JICO SETO-HORI high output MC Element / Cartridge
The Jico Seto-Hori is a handcrafted moving-coil cartridge with an unusual ceramic body.
For many years it was thought that it was impossible to use ceramic for cartridges because of the inevitable shrinkage during the firing process.
After a two-year collaboration between Jido, a laboratory in Seto, Japan and a pottery factory in Toki-city, Gifu, Jico craftsmen were not only able to build a ceramic body, but also apply a beautiful patterned finish using a technique the Japanese call Hori-Tsuke because it resembles a fishing net and follows a Japanese philosophy of capturing happiness by creating beautiful sounds.
The cartridge body is mounted on a base made from natural walnut wood and is processed near Hamamatsu, the city famous for its world-class musical instrument factories, and the moving coil generator is motivated by a Boron cantilever tipped with a Micro-Ridge polyhedral diamond stylus.
Being a line contact stylus its life-time is at least three times longer compared to an ordinary conical or elliptical stylus, and because the Boron cantilever has such low mass and such great stiffness, the stylus is able to trace the groove more accurately and reproduce low, mid-range and high frequencies with the truest fidelity.
Made entirely by hand in Japan, the Jico Seto-Hori phono cartridge.
- Frequency response: 15-32kHz
- Output @ 1kHz: 2.0 mV
- Channel separation @ 1kHz: 25 dB
- Channel balance @ 1kHz: within 1.5 dB
- Tracking force: 2.0 g
- Stylus tip: Micro-ridge diamond
- Output impedance @ 1kHz: 1300 Ohms
- Recommende Load Impedance @ 1kHz: min 1500 Ohms
- Product net weight: 11 g
- Shielding case: Ceramic ware from Seto and Walnut