The DV XX-1 was the first cartridge to feature a "magnetic
flux damper" (patent) and softened magnetism" (patent) processes
that reject the magnetic fluctuation that is detrimental to a
moving coil cartridges performance.
The The DV XX-2 MKII retains the benefit of the flux damper but
features the Alinco-5 magnet and the similar rigid construction
to the Te Kaitora Rua. Alnico magnets exhibit high magnetic flux
density combining with a low coercive therefore magnetic resistance
is lower than other magnetic types such as rare earth and ferrite,
providing the exceptional stability of the XX-2 MKII output voltage.
There is also the additional advantage of low magnetic and electrical
resistance contributing to a discernable improvement in sound quality.
The XX-2MKII also exhibits deep powerful bass, treble is both
clear and lively possessing none of the hardness found in many
moving coil designs.
The XX-2MKII also features a 6 mm solid boron cantilever fitted
with a Pathfinder Line contact stylus. PCOCC (pure copper ohno
continuous casting process) copper wire is used for the coil. The
output voltage of 0.28mV is higher than that of the XX-2 and 6
ohms impedance are suited to most moving coil phono stages.
For ridgity of construction the XX-2 MKII cartridge body is machined
from 7075 aluminium the hardest available. However, having only
a total weight of only 8.9 grams it is suitable for a variety of