Grado Timbre Series Platinum3 MI Phono Cartridge
Formerly the Statement and Reference Series, the new Timbre Series combines every next generation mid-range wooden phono cartridge into a striking and powerful family. Producing a warm, impactful, and accurate sound, this lineup delivers a signal with more control and accuracy than they ever have before.
The Platinum3 and Sonata3 models use a modified four piece OTL cantilever technology achieving a 10% tip mass reduction over the Prestige series and ultra-high purity long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper wire in the coils. The Platinum3 model uses Grado’s specially designed elliptical diamond, and the Sonata3 model uses Grado’s specially designed nude elliptical diamond.
This Platinum3 is the high output version in beautiful Jarrah wood. Contact us if you are interested in the low output,
- Body: Australian Jarrah Wood
- Cantileaver: Aluminum / Elliptical Diamond
High 4.0mV @5 CMV (45)
Low 1.0mV @5 CMV (45)
High Output 55mH
Low Output 6mH
High Output 660 ohms
Low Output 70 ohms
- Input Load: 10k-47k ohms
- Cartridge Weight: 9 grams
- Tracking Force: 1.6-1.9 grams
- Compliance 20μm/mN
- Channel Separation: Average 30db - 10-30k Hz
- Controlled Frequency Response: 10-60 KHz
- Non-Sensative to Capacitive Load
- Builds: High Output, Low Output, Mono
The first step-up from the Opus3, the Platinum3 puts Jarrah wood and a twin magnet system to work for your favorite music.
The Platinum3 is a great example of what the Timbre Series is made for: to start listening to your music with more clarity and depth than you've heard before.
To make the Timbre Series work as a whole, we created a way for Jarrah, diamonds, and a twin magnet system to integrate with our Flux-Bridge™. We modified our four piece OTL cantilever technology to achieve a 10% tip mass reduction over the Prestige Series and use ultra-high purity long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper wire in the coils. The Platinum3 uses a specially Grado designed elliptical diamond.
Grado has combined newly developed coil winding techniques with decades-old disciplines. A new two-step shielding process brings not only exact unison between the four coils but an unobstructed path for a cleaner signal. The music is allowed to travel undistorted through the coils, greatly reducing mechanical noise while improving tracking. There is an extreme clarity over the full frequency range, with absolutely no stridency or shrillness. Precisely hand tipped with a diamond, a great amount of care go into each cartridge we build.
Built from Jarrah
After the Platinum3 cartridge is crafted, it is then placed inside an Australian Jarrah housing. Jarrah is necessary for the majority of Timbre Series with its ability to produce surgically precise clarity without losing any depth. Through a variation of thermal aging processes, the housing gains the ability to better dampen and control the resonant frequencies.
Hand Assembled in Brooklyn
Each Platinum3 is hand assembled by our team in Brooklyn, as it has been for decades. Fine tuned for everything from entry-level turntables up to the highest-end stereo systems, the solid mass of the wood helps keep the Platinum3 steady and producing the Grado signature.
High Output, Low Output, Mono High Output, Mono Low Output
516 SE Gleneden Place
Bend, Oregon 97702
By appointment only