High Level Moving Coil Phono Cartridge VAN DEN HUL The Crimson SE (Special Edition)
Just when you think “It doesn’t get any better”…
The Crimson is a top performance custom handbuilt moving coil phono cartridge. This is the result of a crossbreed of our models “The Canary” and “The Condor”. This cartridge is available in natural light wood colour, dark wood colour and a red coloured (also wooden) version. The wooden models are all available with a special lacquer which is the orginial lacquer of the stradivarius. All the wooden models are available as the new “Crimson Stradivarius” which gives the cartridge a unique sound impression. On special request a Polycarbonate body is available.
Specific characteristics for this great cartridge are a relatively high (0,65mV) output, gold coils, a Samarium-Cobalt magnet, extended channel separation and superb tracking ability.
As the popularity of vinyl is reviving again, many requests came in to develop a High-end phono cartridge for a more affordable price than The Colibri. The Crimson is the result and probably one of the cartridges with the best value for money available. It is completely hand built by the Master himself and comes with a 200 hour service check-up, free of charge (for the original owner).
- stylus shape : VDH 1S
- stylus radii : 2 x 85 Micron
- frequency range : 5 – 55.000 Hz
- tracking force : 1,4 – 1,6 Gr
- static compliance : 35 Micron/mN
- tracking ability : 70 – 80 Micron
- output voltage : 0,65mV
- channel unbalance : < 0.3 dB
- channel separation : > 36 / > 30 dB
- stylus tip mass : 0.32 Milligram
- system weight : 8,75 Gr
- load capacitance : Non critical
- load impedance : 25 Ohm – 200 Ohm
- eff tone arm mass : 10 – 16 Gr
- moving coil resistance : 13,0 Ohm
"Van den Hul’s The Crimson offers a uniquely beguiling combination of speed and sweetness. It is a dazzling performer no matter what music you play, and simply makes you want more" Richard Holliss, HiFi News, Nov 3, 2014
“Where the Crimson is delicate, the SE is firm and tight; where the Crimson let it go, the SE get in control of things; where the Crismson paint with 20 colours the SE uses 15; where the Crimson let you see the shading graduations between two different graduations of dynamics and timbres, the SE make you much see much better there are two different graduations in their external structure. The SE differenciates the structure, the Crimson differenciate the content. The SE is the perfect cartridge for who cares about the fondamentals of the music, for its roots, for the one that likes to be excited by the music. (…) It is fast, it is reactive and agile, it is tight, it is powerful. It communicate the beauty of the energy in music. The simple truth of music.” Hifible, November 2016
Optional Installation service : on customer's site installation and set-up within European Union
If you buy the optional installation service, one of our team members will take an appointment with you to deliver the cartridge, install it and make sure it is properly set-up.
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