By Yasuo Ozawa
Shelter has been manufacturing high-end phono cartridges as a specialized analog audio manufacture by traditional manufacturing technique since the company was established in 1986.
All Shelter MC phono cartridges are hand-made at a workshop in Japan by adept craftsmanship, then they are all inspected and quality assured by Yasuo Ozawa himself,
the designer and founder of Shelter.
The brand name of Shelter is designated with hoping that the world analog record lover who aims the summit of music playback can trust the brand and becomes a dependent on a place (shelter) of analog audio occasionally.
The Shelter sound brightens an individuality of analog sound. The sound timbre of audio system mirrors each owner whose values and lifestyle so it never be the same sound. Especially the analog playback is very sensitive because the sound character immediately changes with only changing the screw which fixes the cartridge and head-shell. This means that the hobby of audio isnt a thing to compete superior or inferior of an absolute sound, but it is indicating just like ways of self-expression to complete the painting a piece of picture. Through the smooth and warmth sound character the Shelter phono cartridge was born to realize the sound character that is only possible to delineate by you. The balmy sound may feel a lack for the first listening, but it doesnt become weary for many years and there is always new discovery.
This smooth, warmth and balmy sound is what we put the true personality to the Shelter product. Aim for true satisfaction over a long time.
The Model 9000 is our finest cartridge to date. It provides high output voltage of 0.65mV with superior bandwidth and is perfectly balanced across the frequency spectrum. We have achieved a level of performance that is incredibly quiet while reproducing extraordinary levels of musical information. Although the science is state of the art, the 9000 is sonically solid, full and classic and is perfect with all musical tastes.
The Accord MC phono cartridge is a magnificent composite of intricately layered, ultra-dense, dry-carbon fiber and titanium. The dry-carbon fiber
has a remarkable 60 ton compression ratio of hardness and is precision CNC machined. This forms the mounting base plate and attached to it is a CNC machined titanium
housing creating a unique marriage of materials. The exceptionally hard aluminum alloy cantilever is the same one used in the acclaimed Harmony cartridge from Shelter.
The ACCORDs exquisite character is accomplished by precisely integrating the stylus into the tip of the cantilever. This combination of carbon fiber and titanium materials, the incorporated an elliptical needle (0.3 x 0.7 mil) and precisely wound coil assembly is a testimony to this masterpiece of a cartridge. The body is light, strong, and incredibly rigid and possesses outstanding internal damping qualities that make it an ideal mounting platform for the cartridges motor mechanism. The result is a phono cartridge of remarkable character, warmth, quietness, and sonic integrity for its cost and performance.
Shelters flagship model, the Harmony, employs dry carbon fiber (CFRP) for the body shell. CFRP delivers a superb acoustic characteristic
and is an ideal match with the newly designed motor assembly. This combination is capable of delivering a great musical reproduction even on records with less than
Dry carbon, unlike wet carbon, is designed in layers and unique molding. Harmony, utilizing the CFRP, has a compression rating of 60-tons whereas the conventional process is only 24-tons. The benefit is that the resonant frequency of CFRP is outside of any audible frequency. In addition, it provides a high degree of internal damping along with superb isolation characteristics that protects the body from extraneous vibration and noise.
Each of these design features ensure that the Harmony produces no coloration, and is whisper quiet and is extraordinarily sensitive to even the most demanding and subtle musical passages. The motor assembly is an all-new design using hard aluminum cantilever and OFC wiring. Hard aluminum allows us to firmly affix the diamond stylus tip to a rigid, yet responsive bass. This allows the stylus to receive and reproduce every bit of information within the grooves of your favorite recordings. The length of the cantilever is slightly shorter than typical to increase the strength to output voltage ratio. Normal aluminum cantilevers often develop a tendency to make the playback sound slightly bigger, but the stylus chip is designed to line-contact with its curvature radius to 1.6 x 0.3mil (0.04 x 0.007mm) to achieve the best balance and increased tracking capability at the same time.
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