The Reference Series2 of wooden cartridges are hand-crafted at Grado Labs from a Australian Jarrah wood. An intricate procedure of curing is done between production steps to achieve optimal sonic quality. This series generator/stylus module is not replaceable allowing a redesigned one-piece magnetic circuit and a reduction of chassis resonances. The Reference Series2 utilizes manufacturing and assembly techniques that result is musical perfection. The Reference Series2 should be used with only the finest equipment. Recommended tracking force 1.5 to 1.9 grams.
- OUTPUT: 4.8mV @ 5 CMV (45)
- CONTROLLED FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 15-55 KHZ
- CHANNEL SEPARATION: AVERAGE 30 DB – 10-30 KHZ
- LOAD: 47,000 OHMS
- INDUCTANCE: 30 mh
- RESISTANCE: 600 OHMS
- NON SENSITIVE TO CAPACITIVE LOAD
- CHASSIS MASS: 10 GRAMS
- TRACKING FORCE: 1.5 – 1.9 GRAMS
You don’t need to spend much time in the Grado’s company to realise it’s a bit of a honey and quite a different beast to the more analytical sounding species from within the group.
HiFi Choice Magazine (Oct0ber, 2014)
2013 TAS Editors’ Choice Awards: Cartridges Under $500
The Platinum 1 is the most affordable of Grado’s mid-tier Reference models, offering reduced coloration plus superior resolution and tracking. Though it could use more openness, detail, and high-frequency “air,” the Platinum can nearly equal the performance of $1k+ moving coils, making it a bargain at its price.
The Absolute Sound (Jul 19th, 2013)
The Platinum 2 just makes records sound good.
CNET – October 31, 2015
The recurring themes in the Platinum’s sound are a lush, rich midrange, a rather musical presentation, an unfatiguing quality, all of which lead to more emotional involvement. Voice and upper strings have a very seductive quality. Saxophone is rich and reedy. You can almost feel the body of the lower stringed instruments resonate.