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Cartridge Loadingis the final element in the triad of Performance Keys. The loading of the cartridge - that is the resistance and capacity the cartridge sees in the pre-amp front-end is reflected back into the cartridge. The whole dynamic system, that is moving groove wall, stylus, cantilever, suspension and coil/magnet transducer, is selectively damped and loaded. Energy patterns (music) then taken out of this system and amplified by the preamplifier is more accurate and exacting. Truly representative of what the grooves are doing on the disc. Cartridge loading lets you adjust or tweak this coloring reflection to get the Timbre of the music accurate, more real, and more pleasurable, and far more soul-satisfyingly personal. After all, it’s your music.
The combination of these three errors disturbs the perceived sound space of the recording. These errors confuse your ears and auditory system with ‘stuff’ that was not there in the recording process.

Black Swan Specifications

  Mode of use    
Specification Moving Coil Moving magnet  
(+10dB) 46dB (58 dB Balanced) 32dB (52 dB Balanced) 1 kHz
+20 62dB (68 dB Bal) 42dB (48dB Bal) "
+30 72dB (78 dB Bal) 52dB (58dB Bal) "
+40 82dB (88 dB Bal) 52dB (58dB Bal) "
+50 92dB (98 dB Bal) 62dB (68dB Bal) "
+60 100dB (106 dB Bal) 72dB (78dB Bal) "
RIAA Response 0.1 dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz 0.1 dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz  
Inputs 2 2  
Noise Floor dBV +10 dB) -92 dBv (25 uVRMS) -72 dBv (250 uVRMS) Shorted input
Unweighted Dymanic Range 95 dB 80dB Shorted input
Distortion <0.001% THD <0.01%THD  
Input Impedance unloaded 34 pF 34 pF  
Capacity loading     Step
Resistance Loading 30 kOhms to 130 kOhms 20 Ohms to 1020 Ohms Continuous
Maximum Output 6.8 VRMS (13.6 VRMS Bal) 6.8 VRMS (13.6 VRMS Bal)  

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