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.