Koetsu Cartridges

Black Goldline

For many, the  Koetsu journey starts with the Black Goldline. Its warm and full bodied sound makes it an excellent choice for all genres of music.

"From the clarinets in the opening to the deeply textured final chord of the first movement, the Koetsu's performance was impossible to ignore: This wasn't just pretty sound in place of the music but sound as a part of the music."                                                                 Art Dudley, Stereophile

Specifications

Anodized Aluminum Body

Copper Coil Wiring

Samarium Cobalt Magnet

Boron Cantilever

0.4 mV Output

10.8 g Net Weight

Recommended Tracking Force 1.8-2.0g

Recommended Load 80-1,000 ohms

$2,995

Rosewood

The Koetsu Rosewood is a cornerstone of high-performance analog playback history. By carefully selecting ultra high purity materials and aging parts to perform optimally, Sugano-san formed a cartridge that recreates real breathing music extracted from the grooves of your record collection.

Specifications

Natural Rosewood Body

Copper Coil Wiring

Samarium Cobalt Magnet

Boron Cantilever

0.4 mV Output

8.9 g Net Weight

Recommended Tracking Force 1.8-2.0g

Recommended Load 80-1,000 ohms

$3,995

Rosewood Signature

The Koetsu Rosewood is a cornerstone of high-performance analog playback history. By carefully selecting ultra high purity materials and aging parts to perform optimally, Sugano-san formed a cartridge that recreates real breathing music extracted from the grooves of your record collection.

The Rosewood Signature uses the most tightly matched coil and core sets offering more precise focus and a larger soundstage than the Rosewood Standard.

“Listening to the Rosewood Signature was an addictive experience. It became difficult to curtail a listening session as there was always one more album I had to spin. It’s the cartridge I could happily live with for years to come. This is one of the easiest recommendations I’ve ever made, in essence a gift for the music lover who would like to kick back at the end of a long day and just enjoy the music. I think this is what Sugano-san had in mind all along.”

Dick Olsher

The Absolute Sound

#295, July/August 2019

Rosewood Signature

Specifications

Natural Rosewood Body

Copper Coil Wiring

Samarium Cobalt Magnet

Boron Cantilever

0.4 mV Output

8.9g Net Weight

Recommended Tracking Force 1.8-2.0g

Recommended Load 80-1,000 ohms

$5,495

Rosewood Signature Platinum

The Koetsu Rosewood is a cornerstone of high-performance analog playback history. By carefully selecting ultra high purity materials and aging parts to perform optimally, Sugano-san formed a cartridge that recreates real breathing music extracted from the grooves of your record collection.

The Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum features rare platinum magnets and silverplated 6N copper coils  usually reserved for Koetsu's stone body cartridges. It's the perfect choice for those lusting after a stone model but require a cartridge with less mass or simply prefer the look of rosewood.

"I'd never before had the sense so strongly that I was actually hearing the mike feed. It was truly amazing; I felt like I was right there."                  Jonathan Scull, Stereophile Magazine November 1998

“To me, the Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum felt extraordinarily natural, sophisticated, and correct. Most important, Koetsu's best rosewood-bodied cartridge made me feel good about the records I own. Once you go Koetsu . . .” Herb Reichert, Stereophile Magazine December 2018

Specifications

Lacquered Aged Rosewood Body

Silverplated Copper Coil Wiring

Platinum Magnet

Boron Cantilever

0.3 mV Output

9g Net Weight

Recommended Tracking Force 1.8-2.0g

Recommended Load 80-1,000 ohms

$8,495

Urushi Black

The Japanese art of Urushi is a tradition dating back 10,000 years. This natural lacquer is sourced from the caustic sap of the indigenous Urushi trees. The Urushi is applied by the hands of select Japanese artisans. Once the lacquer cures it hardens around the natural rosewood body changing its resonant frequency.

All Koetsu Urushi models use silver cladded ultra-high purity copper coils. This process involves a silver sheath being slowly drawn over the copper.

Many say the Urushi body Koetsus offer an even more exciting sonic signature compared to the standard Rosewood models.

"The music was so captivating and involving that time became irrelevant and the music was everything." 10Audio.com

Specifications

Urushi Lacquered Rosewood Body

Silverplated Copper Coil Wiring

Samarium Cobalt Magnet

Boron Cantilever

0.4 mV Output

9g Net Weight

Recommended Tracking Force 1.8-2.0g

Recommended Load 80-1,000 ohms

$6,495

Urushi Wajima

The Japanese art of Urushi is a tradition dating back 10,000 years. This natural lacquer is sourced from the caustic sap of the indigenous Urushi trees. The Urushi is applied by the hands of select Japanese artisans. Once the lacquer cures it hardens around the natural rosewood body changing its resonant frequency.

All Koetsu Urushi models use silver cladded ultra-high purity copper coils. This process involves a silver sheath being slowly drawn over the copper.

Many say the Urushi body Koetsus offer an even more exciting sonic signature compared to the standard Rosewood models.

"The music was so captivating and involving that time became irrelevant and the music was everything." 10Audio.com

Specifications

Urushi Lacquered Rosewood Body

Silverplated Copper Coil Wiring

Samarium Cobalt Magnet

Boron Cantilever

0.4 mV Output

9g Net Weight

Recommended Tracking Force 1.8-2.0g

Recommended Load 80-1,000 ohms

$6,495

Urushi Sky Blue

The Japanese art of Urushi is a tradition dating back 10,000 years. This natural lacquer is sourced from the caustic sap of the indigenous Urushi trees. The Urushi is applied by the hands of select Japanese artisans. Once the lacquer cures it hardens around the natural rosewood body changing its resonant frequency.

All Koetsu Urushi models use silver cladded ultra-high purity copper coils. This process involves a silver sheath being slowly drawn over the copper.

Many say the Urushi body Koetsus offer an even more exciting sonic signature compared to the standard Rosewood models.

"The hauntingly realistic level of three-dimensionality the Koetsu brought forth stunned me." Jeff Dorgay, Tone Audio

“How can a phono cartridge's tiny stylus tracing an LP's microscopic grooves make great sounding music? To me it's a magic trick that never gets old with just about any decent cartridge, but with the Koetsu Urushi Sky Blue cartridge it happens on a wildly higher level, so musical epiphanies occur on a regular basis.”

"I went out of my way to play records of questionable sound quality, a lot of Motown, Stax and very early Rolling Stones LPs that were more than 50 years old, and the 'Blue always made them sound better than I'm used to."               Steve Guttenberg, cNet

Specifications

Urushi Lacquered Rosewood Body

Silverplated Copper Coil Wiring

Samarium Cobalt Magnet

Boron Cantilever

0.4 mV Output

9g Net Weight

Recommended Tracking Force 1.8-2.0g

Recommended Load 80-1,000 ohms

$6,495

Urushi Vermilion

The Japanese art of Urushi is a tradition dating back 10,000 years. This natural lacquer is sourced from the caustic sap of the indigenous Urushi trees. The Urushi is applied by the hands of select Japanese artisans. Once the lacquer cures it hardens around the natural rosewood body changing its resonant frequency.

All Koetsu Urushi models use silver cladded ultra-high purity copper coils. This process involves a silver sheath being slowly drawn over the copper. However, the Urushi Vermillion uses a unique combination of silver and copper wiring, with fewer turns than other Urushi models, resulting in lower mass and output. Sonically, the Vermillion is the fastest sounding Urushi.

Many say the Urushi body Koetsus offer an even more exciting sonic signature compared to the standard Rosewood models.

"The music was so captivating and involving that time became irrelevant and the music was everything." 10Audio.com

Specifications

Urushi Lacquered Rosewood Body

Double Coil - Silver / Copper Coil Wiring

Samarium Cobalt Magnet

Boron Cantilever

0.2 mV Output

9g Net Weight

Recommended Tracking Force 1.8-2.0g

Recommended Load 80-1,000 ohms

$6,495

Urushi Tsugaru

The Japanese art of Urushi is a tradition dating back 10,000 years. This natural lacquer is sourced from the caustic sap of the indigenous Urushi trees. The Urushi is applied by the hands of select Japanese artisans. Once the lacquer cures it hardens around the natural rosewood body changing its resonant frequency.

All Koetsu Urushi models use silver cladded ultra-high purity copper coils. This process involves a silver sheath being slowly drawn over the copper.

Many say the Urushi body Koetsus offer an even more exciting sonic signature compared to the standard Rosewood models.

"The music was so captivating and involving that time became irrelevant and the music was everything." 10Audio.com

Specifications

Urushi Lacquered Rosewood Body

Silverplated Copper Coil Wiring

Samarium Cobalt Magnet

Boron Cantilever

0.4 mV Output

9g Net Weight

Recommended Tracking Force 1.8-2.0g

Recommended Load 80-1,000 ohms

$6,995

Onyx Platinum

The pinnacle of cartridge design can be found in a Koetsu stone body. The body is machined from a block of high quality stone. Each block is carefully selected for natural grain and polished to a very fine finish.

Internally, only the most tightly matched silver sheathed copper coils and cores are used. Rare platinum magnets allow the stone body cartridges to fully create the ethereal sound on which Koetsu has earned its reputation.

"The end result is harmonious and cohesive, and the music unfolds in a way that gives you more time to listen – more time to unravel the individual strands that form part of the whole." Hi-Fi+

“… the Koetsu endured in delivering boatloads of color and texture, yet at the same time I’ve never heard a cartridge with greater, clearer pitch certainty on even the lowest bass notes ... All in all, the Koetsu Onyx Platinum communicated color, texture, touch, and musical nuance to an extent and in a combination that I’d never before heard ...”

Art Dudley

Stereophile

December 2018

Koetsu Onyx Platinum

Specifications

Onyx Stone Body

Silverplated Copper Coil Wiring

Platinum Magnet

Boron Cantilever

0.3 mV Output

12.5 g Net Weight

Recommended Tracking Force 1.8-2.0g

Recommended Load 80-1,000 ohms

$10,995

Jade Platinum

The pinnacle of cartridge design can be found in a Koetsu stone body. The body is machined from a block of high quality stone. Each block is carefully selected for natural grain and polished to a very fine finish.

Internally, only the most tightly matched silver sheathed copper coils and cores are used. Rare platinum magnets allow the stone body cartridges to fully create the ethereal sound on which Koetsu has earned its reputation.

"The end result is harmonious and cohesive, and the music unfolds in a way that gives you more time to listen – more time to unravel the individual strands that form part of the whole." Hi-Fi+

Specifications

Jade Stone Body

Silverplated Copper Coil Wiring

Platinum Magnet

Boron Cantilever

0.3 mV Output

13 g Net Weight

Recommended Tracking Force 1.8-2.0g

Recommended Load 80-1,000 ohms

$10,995

Azule

The pinnacle of cartridge design can be found in a Koetsu stone body. The body is machined from a block of high quality stone. Each block is carefully selected for natural grain and polished to a very fine finish.

Internally, only the most tightly matched silver sheathed copper coils and cores are used. Rare platinum magnets allow the stone body cartridges to fully create the ethereal sound on which Koetsu has earned its reputation.

"The end result is harmonious and cohesive, and the music unfolds in a way that gives you more time to listen – more time to unravel the individual strands that form part of the whole." Hi-Fi+

Specifications

Dumortierite Stone Body

Silverplated Copper Coil Wiring

Platinum Magnet

Boron Cantilever

0.3 mV Output

13 g Net Weight

Recommended Tracking Force 1.8-2.0g

Recommended Load 80-1,000 ohms

$11,995

Rhodonite

The pinnacle of cartridge design can be found in a Koetsu stone body. The body is machined from a block of high quality stone. Each block is carefully selected for natural grain and polished to a very fine finish.

Internally, only the most tightly matched silver sheathed copper coils and cores are used. Rare platinum magnets allow the stone body cartridges to fully create the ethereal sound on which Koetsu has earned its reputation.

"The end result is harmonious and cohesive, and the music unfolds in a way that gives you more time to listen – more time to unravel the individual strands that form part of the whole." Hi-Fi+

Specifications

Rhodonite Stone Body

Silverplated Copper Coil Wiring

Platinum Magnet

Boron Cantilever

0.3 mV Output

13.5 g Net Weight

Recommended Tracking Force 1.8-2.0g

Recommended Load 80-1,000 ohms

$13,995

Coralstone

The pinnacle of cartridge design can be found in a Koetsu stone body. The body is machined from a block of high quality stone. Each block is carefully selected for natural grain and polished to a very fine finish.

Internally, only the most tightly matched silver sheathed copper coils and cores are used. Rare platinum magnets allow the stone body cartridges to fully create the ethereal sound on which Koetsu has earned its reputation.

"The end result is harmonious and cohesive, and the music unfolds in a way that gives you more time to listen – more time to unravel the individual strands that form part of the whole." Hi-Fi+

Specifications

Coral Stone Body

Silverplated Copper Coil Wiring

Platinum Magnet

Boron Cantilever

0.3 mV Output

12 g Net Weight

Recommended Tracking Force 1.8-2.0g

Recommended Load 80-1,000 ohms

$14,995

Tigereye Platinum

The pinnacle of cartridge design can be found in a Koetsu stone body. The body is machined from a block of high quality stone. Each block is carefully selected for natural grain and polished to a very fine finish.

Internally, only the most tightly matched silver sheathed copper coils and cores are used. Rare platinum magnets allow the stone body cartridges to fully create the ethereal sound on which Koetsu has earned its reputation.

"The end result is harmonious and cohesive, and the music unfolds in a way that gives you more time to listen – more time to unravel the individual strands that form part of the whole." Hi-Fi+

Specifications

Tigereye Body

Silverplated Copper Coil Wiring

Platinum Magnet

Boron Cantilever

0.3 mV Output

12.5 g Net Weight

Recommended Tracking Force 1.8-2.0g

Recommended Load 80-1,000 ohms

$13,495

Blue Lace

The pinnacle of cartridge design can be found in a Koetsu stone body. The body is machined from a block of high quality stone. Each block is carefully selected for natural grain and polished to a very fine finish.

Internally, only the most tightly matched silver sheathed copper coils and cores are used. Rare platinum magnets allow the stone body cartridges to fully create the ethereal sound on which Koetsu has earned its reputation.

"The end result is harmonious and cohesive, and the music unfolds in a way that gives you more time to listen – more time to unravel the individual strands that form part of the whole." Hi-Fi+

Specifications

Blue Onyx Stone Body

Silverplated Copper Coil Wiring

Platinum Magnet

Boron Cantilever

0.3 mV Output

12.5 g Net Weight

Recommended Tracking Force 1.8-2.0g

Recommended Load 80-1,000 ohms

$15,995