The Ortofon MC Anna Diamond arrives at Pearl Audio
"The MC Anna Diamond model represents the highest echelon of Moving Coil cartridges. As its name suggests, the MC Anna Diamond uses a Diamond cantilever that in combination with Ortofon Replicant 100 diamond offers extreme transparency, speed and responsiveness beyond that of any other combination. This state of the art product, representative of numerous Ortofon design elements and ideas, is truly exemplary of the highest degree of performance possible in contemporary analogue playback technology."
Following are a few shots of our turntable magician Russ unboxing our new Ortofon MC Anna Diamond and setting it up on our TechDAS Air Force V turntable.
Ortofon MC Anna outer box with sleeve removed
Shown below is the outer box and a Graham Phantom tonearm wand that's been unbolted from the main tonearm structure. You can have multiple wands for a given Graham tonearm, including different lengths - you can get 9", 10" and 12" wands and use them all on the same Graham Tonearm pillar structure.
Ortofon MC Anna Unboxing - Outer box showing manual
Ortofon MC Anna Unboxing - cartridge with protector
Ortofon MC Anna Unboxing - cartridge accessories
Note the different bolts for different configuration and very nice setup driver, stylus brush, and low-mass cartridge leads.
Ortofon MC Anna Unboxing - the Cartridge Itself
On the MC Anna Diamond the cantilever itself is actually made of diamond which brings greater rigidity to the assembly over the standard MC Anna cartridge.
Here is a photo of the MC Anna Diamond cantilever
Graham Phantom Wand with Graham Jig and MC Anna
This is one of our favorite features of the Graham tonearms - you can actually remove the tonearm to do the placement and alignment which is much easier and safer for the cartridge.
MC Anna being aligned on Graham Phantom Setup Jig
The Graham tonearms have a brilliant overlay jig that allows you to align the cartridge using a built-in see-through alignment grid. You are seeing the wand of the Graham Phantom removed from the tonearm pillar and set flat on our setup bench. Russ is being extremely careful right now!
Closeup of MC Anna Diamond underside
Installed MC Anna playing on TechDAS turntable
The sound is absolutely spectacular!
We are running the MC Anna's 0.2 mV output into our Audio Research Reference Phono 3 SE tube phono stage then into our Audio Research Reference 6 SE tube preamplifier. Both of these have tubed power supplies and gain stages. A 0.2 mV output is quite low so being able to amplify that small of a signal with tubed electronics is quite something. The new Audio Research REF series has extremely low noise which is beneficial when you are adding so much voltage gain to such a small signal. The reason for the low output is to keep the number of coil windings down so you have a lighter stylus assembly with less inertia.
Absolute analog magic courtesy of Russ, our in-house turntable magician. Russ has been a turntable setup specialist for over ten years and is a true turntable master. He always does it right and without compromise.
For other Ortofon cartridges, Pearl Audio also has the Ortofon Cadenza Black, 2M Black and 2M Red on display and many more in-stock. Please call ahead as we do move cartridges around as needed.
John, Russ, Connor & Tara.