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Phono CartridgeXX-2 MkII

Low output MC with Flux damper and Alnico magnet

Phono Cartridge XX-2 Mk2


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 Alnico-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-2 MkII also exhibits deep powerful bass, treble is both clear and lively possessing none of the hardness found in many moving coil designs.

The XX-2 MkII 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 popular tonearms.

Specifications of phono cartridge XX-2 MkII
low output moving coil cartridge
with flux damper and alnico magnet
Output Voltage
0.28 mV (at 1KHz, 5cm/sec.)
Channel Separation
30 dB (at 1KHz)
Channel balance
1.0 dB (at 1KHz)
Frequency response
20 - 20,000 Hz(±1dB)
10 mm/N
Tracking force
1.8 - 2.2 g
6 ohms
Recommended load impedance
> 30 ohms
6mm length solid boron
Stylus tip
PF Line contact shape,
stylus radius: 7 x 30 micron
8.9 g