Widely acclaimed by both audiophiles and reviewers, Shelter phono cartridges are routinely compared to far more expensive offerings. Designer Yasuo Ozawa has a strong background in cartridge design. From 1982 through 1986 he worked with Fidelity Research, the esteemed firm known for their quality and performance in analog design. In 1986 Mr. Osawa left to establish Shelter.

“Shelter cartridges…have been generating Internet “buzz” as price to performance leaders for well over a year. Let me come right out and say it: The Shelter 501 MK II is the best sub-$1000 cartridge I’ve yet heard. This cartridge has treble air without brightness, transient speed without overshoot, definition without edginess, focus without sterility, and bass weight without any thick or syrupy coloration. Is this cartridge as close as you can get to top-tier performance for 1395 euro I think it is, which is why this cartridge has me singing along w/ Mick Jagger, “GIMME SHELTER!” – Chris Martins, the absolute sound

“But if you value sheer emotion, life, and wide-open images to apparent precision and that hi-fi-ness so in vogue today, then the Shelter is definitely yours”. TNT Audio

“The Shelter does many things right. It brings the music alive in a way that many cartridges don’t. It does not add any noticeable coloration. Its errors are errors of omission, rather than ones of commission. The choice of a cartridge is a highly personal decision. You need to audition several cartridges until you find one that meets your tastes. If it is in your price range, the Shelter 501 II cartridge should also be added to your audition list”. Roger S. Gordon, Positive Feedback.

  • Shelter ACCORD Moving Coil Cartridge Specifications:
  • Output: 0.4 mVs at 1 kHz 5 cm/seconds.
  • Magnet: Samarium cobalt and high purity iron
  • Coils: High purity Copper
  • antilever: Aluminum coated Boron
  • Body: Solid Aluminum
  • Frequency Response: 10 – 50 kHz
  • Stylus: Elliptical 0.3 x 0.7 mil
  • Tracking Force: 1.4 to 1.8 gram
  • Weight: 8.1 grams
  • compliance: Approximately 9 x 10-6 cm/dyne

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