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Low Output with Boron cantilever and silver wire

Discontinued modelTe Kaitora MC Phono Cartridge


The Maori name gives away the fact that Te Kaitora is a collaboration between Dynavector New Zealand and Dynavector Japan. Dynavector New Zealand have been responsible for a range of high quality pre amps, power amps and phono stages. They encouraging Dynavector Japan to build a no holds barred cartridge. Te Kaitora is the result.

It is a nude design, that is it has no cover. This helps keep weight down, removes the chance of information losing vibrations and does not allow dust to collect as is possible in enclosed designs.


A titanium headblock is used for lightness and rigid construction. The Te Kaitora has a 6mm long solid boron cantilever fittied with Pathfinder line contact stylus. The coils are of very fine silver wire wound using Dynavector founder Dr Tominari's own design of coilwinding machine. This set up gives a good output level of 0.25mV with a very light and agile coil assembly which leads to secure tracking and a 'quick' sound.

On the frontyoke there is another coil which is Dynavectors flux damper. Another unique feature to Dynavector is their softened magnetism, ferrous metal strips arranged to alter the magnetic field. These two features combine to eliminate the distortion caused by excess magnetic flux produced by the high energy magnets used in modern cartridges.

A compliance of 10 CU and weight of 8.8 grams make it compatible with arms from Well Tempered, Linn, Naim, SME and others.


Type Low output moving coil cartridge with flux damper and softened magnetism
Output 0.25mV ( at 1KHz, 5cm/sec)
Frequency response 20-50,000Hz 20-20,000Hz ± 1dB
Channel balance 1dB ( at 1KHz)
Channel separation 30dB ( at 1KHz)
Impedance R=4 ohms, L=10 microH

Recommended load

 > 30 ohms

Compliance 10 x 10-6 cm/dyne
Stylus Line contact PF(Pathfinder)
Cantilever solid boron 0.3mm in diameter
Coils Fine Silver wire
Head Frame Titanium
weight 8.8 grams
Tracking force 1.8 - 2.2 grams

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