Grado Black1 Cartridge


The Grado Black1 Cartridge is Grado’s entry point to their Prestige cartridge range. Grado Black1 is a great option for people wanting a low budget cartridge with warm sound.

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Product Description

The newly redesigned Black1 have had their coil design reconfigured, and the effective moving mass of their generating system has been reduced by 17%. The Black1 model use a three piece OTL cantilever technology, standard oxygen free wire in the coils and Grado’s specially designed elliptical diamond mounted in a brass bushing.

Technical Specifications

Frequency Response: 10-50
Principal: MI
Channel Separation at 1KHz: 30
Input Load: 47K
Output at 1KHz 5CM/sec.: 5mV
Recommended Tracking Force: 1.5
Stylus Type: E
Inductance: 45mH
Resistance: 475
Compliance CUs: 20
Stylus Replacement: U
Weight: 5.5


The Grado brought out most of the tonal accuracy and excitement. This Grado cartridge has proved itself to be good-natured in its easy matching to turntables and amplifiers, robust, an excellent tracker and easy on the ear. It is a welcome addition to the dwindling market of budget replacement cartridges.

By John Borwick / GRAMAPHONE

Grado cartridges are renowned for their wonderful midrange and excellent representation of vocals. If vocal heavy jazz is up your alley.

5 Stars. This cartridge provides entry-level opportunity with stunning sound for the budding audio enthusiast. – Comparing Four Budget Cartridges From Grado