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XV-1 breathes new life into analogue

DRT XV-1 MC Cartridge
Discontinued model


DRT XV-1 cartridge
The magnet circuit comprises 8 small ALNICO magnets.
On the front yokes, magnetic stabilizing coils are wound.

Since Dynavector's MC cartridges first appeared almost 20 years ago, they have enjoyed great success worldwide due to their combination of advanced design and production techniques. During the same period CD arrived and has taken much of market share for music reproduction.

However, many audiophiles soon learnt that digital media left much to be desired. Recently the introduction of new multimedia formats and the dispute over formats such as DVD-Audio and SACD have left consumers confused and holding CD collections with an uncertain future. This along with the heavy commercialization of the digital industry puts at risk our great heritage of recorded music from the last 100 years.

Absolute Sound Golden Ear Award 2001

Dynavector decided to fight back in order to protect the vast existing stock of recordings in analogue media, by producing a cartridge capable of musical reproduction above, or at least equal to any digital source. The XV-1 cartridge was designed to meet this ambitious brief and has succeeded in providing the finest analogue reproduction possible. Listening to the XV-1 it is evident that here is the finest cartridge in the world.

At a glance, the XV-1 is different from all cartridges that have gone before. Its magnetic circuit comprises 8 small ALNICO magnets. The magnetic path is divided into two - In the magnetic gap, a specially designed magnetic flux equalizing piece is placed. On the front yokes, magnetic stabilizing coils are wound. By this special combination, the magnetic field becomes widely homogeneous and more linear than the conventional magnetic design that is common in existing MC cartridges. Currently the design trend of MC cartridges is to employ stronger and harder magnets. The XV-1 takes the opposite approach. This is the theoretical conclusion of Dynavector.

The result? - deeper and more accurate bass, brighter but much smoother treble and better L/R separation. Very low distortion, especially of 3rd harmonics, results in a life-like musicality and ease of reproduction impossible using normal MCs. After hearing the music produced by the XV-1 even 'high-end' CD players sound thin, lacking any real deep bass. This cartridge handles the smooth string note and heavy dynamics of big orchestral works like Prokofiev, Schostakovich, Mahler etc. with unique ease, to bring the full glory of analogue recordings to the listener who wants the very best possible sound from their stock of LP records.

  • PHA-100 derives the high potential ability and performance of DRT XV-1
Analogue is greater than Digital !!


Parts name of XV1 MC Cartridge
Dimensions of XV1 MC Cartridge


Type Low output moving coil cartridge with Multi alnico magnets and Flux damper
Output Voltage 0.3mV (at 1KHz, 5cm/sec.)
Channel Separation 30 dB (at 1KHz)
Channel balance 1.0 dB (at 1KHz)
Frequency response 20 - 20,000Hz (± 1dB)
Compliance 10 mm/N
Tracking force 1.8 - 2.2 g
Impedance R=6 ohms, L=18 micro Henry
Recommended load impedance > 30 ohms
Cantilever 6mm length 0.3 mm dia. solid boron
Stylus 0.14 x 0.08 mm Line contact PF
Weight 12.6 g

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