SPU #1 E

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  • Excellent price-to-performance ratio
  • Perfect all-rounder for the newcomers to the world of SPU
  • Elliptical stylus profile

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No other company has ever retained a phono cartridge model in their product range for so many years. The SPU was used by early broadcasting companies among whom the Ortofon brand name was already well known from the first moving coil system - the Ortofon mono system in the small black A-housing. The so-called “Ortofon sound“ became synonymous with the sound from the SPU, at an early stage.

The SPU #1 E is a Moving Coil cartridge with an 8/18 µm elliptical stylus profile.

The SPU series embodies the essence of the original Moving Coils and are a perfect solution for the playback of both early and modern and contemporary stereo recordings.

For moderate and high mass tonearms with SME connections.

Key Features:

  • Excellent price-to-performance ratio
  • Perfect all-rounder for the newcomers to the world of SPU
  • High Purity Copper armature windings and terminal leads
  • Grinded wood and resin composite housing
  • Elliptical stylus profile

Technical Data

Output Voltage at 1 kHz, 5cm/sec.: 0.18mV
Channel Balance at 1 kHz: 1.5dB
Channel Separation at 1 kHz: 20dB
Channel Separation at 15 kHz: 10dB
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz (±3dB)
Recommended Loads Resistance:  Phono MC/>10Ω 
Internal Impedance, DC Resistance: 2Ω 
Tracking Ability (at 315Hz):  65μm
Compliance, Dynamic, Lateral:  10μm/mN 
Tracking Force:  4g (40mN)
Tracking Angle: 20°
Stylus Type: Elliptical (r/R 8/18μm)
Cartridge Body Material: Ground Wood & Resin Composite
Cartridge Colour: Shiny Black
Cartridge Weight: 30g
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