DYNAVECTOR 17D3 REVIEWS
“The Dynavector 17D3 is indeed one of the greats.”
MARC PHILIPS. AUDIO ENZ
“Living up to its reputation, the Dynavector produced a sound that was powerful, clear and detailed. It gave an impression of vitality and speed, with sometimes breathtaking levels of detail and sense of solid presence. Its bass performance was powerful, yet fast and clean, never sounding exaggerated.”
“Jazz Free bought out the 17D3’s most endearing aspects, with ear-tingling percussion sounds and genuinely reed sax tibres.”
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“Today, the 17D3 will set you back about $900, and in the day of ten thousand dollar phono cartridges and hundred thousand dollar turntables, I guess this is now pretty close to being a budget cartridge. Regardless of how you view the pricing of the 17D3, it provides great sound and solid value.”
“Once the cartridge had about 50 hours of break in time, I sat down and really did some serious listening, but right away I remembered that sound! Great detail, separation ans speed all in one little gold package …”
“I spun a lot of my favourites from Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Brand X and others that featured a lot of texture and layering. This was where this cartridge really shined, especially when playing my pristine copy of Zappa’s Just Another Band from L.A.”
JEFF TORGAY. TONE AUDIO
I also dusted off one of my favourite acoustic guitar records from Micheal Hedges, Aerial Boundaries to listen to some plucky acoustic guitar. Again, Fantastic!”
“I can say without any reservation that this is the best cartridge I have ever heard. Nothing I have heard even comes cloes! It’s extremely detailed with an ultra black background. It is very dynamic but it is also smooth as silk.”
“I remember people saying this cartridge is quite a good rocker. Well no offence to rock, but that is selling this cartridge well short. It sounds great with everything.”
“The 17D3’s performance is so disproportionate to its relatively low price that it deserves the best associated equipment you can afford.”
“The Dynavector Karat 17D3 is one of those low profile gems with the ability to take you away to another place and time.”
“The Karat is the real deal. It is what analogue is all about. Raw emotion extracted, taking you back to the original performance as intended by the recording engineer.”
“The Dynavector is a phenomenal cartridge […] It has exceeded all my expectations – which were quite high to be honest! Would I recommend the Karat? Sure I would as I believe you won’t get a better price/performance ratio anywhere.”
“Somebody once said that a cartridge like this is a gift from the Japanese.”
“Dynavector’s great Karat cartridge is now in Mk3 guise and is proving hard to beat amoungst its rivals”
“The 17D3 delivers a highly details and fast-paced result that is extremely exciting.”
“this has an infectious effect on the listener and is guaranteed to encourage the seeking out of your favourite albums. Detail is phenomenal and results at low listening levels are particularly rewarding.”
“The 17D3 gets very close to the results achieved with MCs at twice the price […] the bass is taut and extremely articulate and we genuinely don’t think that there are many sub £1000 cartridges that can touch it in terms of sheer musicality and resolution of detail.”
JASON KENNEDY. TECH RADAR.
DYNAVECTOR 17D3 CARTRIDGE
The new 17D3 Karat Diamond is the first cartridge built using ‘dispersion’ theory. Its Micro-Ridge stylus and very short (1.7mm) solid diamond cantilever give a huge reduction in ‘frequency dispersion’, unmatched dynamics and a high frequency extension all the way up to 100kHz. The latest patented magnet circuit design increases the output to 0.3mV with crystal clear mid-range and treble even during the largest symphonic crescendos.
Features and Improvements
The main change to the new Dynavector 17D3 is an improvement in the design of the front yoke. This appears, on the surface, to be a small difference yet contributes to a greatly improved overall performance justifying a model number change.
The new yoke improves focus in the magnetic circuit and in combination with the flux damping mechanism and softened magnetism (patent) gives accurate sonic qualities leading to a very natural sound. The change has also enabled a useful increase in output to 0.3mV.
The Dynavector Karat is notable for its gemstone cantilever. This 1.7mm long by 0.25mm diameter solid diamond cantilever has its 0.07 square mm stylus mounting hole precision cut by laser. The Micro Ridge Stylus of 0.07 square mm nude diamond is securely and accurately bonded to the cantilever.
The armature of 0.9mm square and 0.4mm thick is much smaller than normal, upon which are wound 60 turns per channel of 12 micron fine wire.
DYNAVECTOR 17D3 REVIEWS