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The DV XX-1 was the first cartridge to feature a "magnetic flux damper" (patent) and softened magnetism" (patent) processes that reject the magnetic fluctuation that is detrimental to a moving coil cartridges performance. The The DV XX-2 MKII retains the benefit of the flux damper but features the Alinco-5 magnet and the similar rigid construction to the Te Kaitora Rua. Alnico magnets exhibit high magnetic flux density combining with a low coercive therefore magnetic resistance is lower than other magnetic types such as rare earth and ferrite, providing the exceptional stability of the XX-2 MKII output voltage. There is also the additional advantage of low magnetic and electrical resistance contributing to a discernable improvement in sound quality.
The XX-2MKII also features a 6 mm solid boron cantilever fitted with a Pathfinder Line contact stylus. PCOCC (pure copper ohno continuous casting process) copper wire is used for the coil. The output voltage of 0.28mV is higher than that of the XX-2 and 6 ohms impedance are suited to most moving coil phono stages. For ridgity of construction the XX-2 MKII cartridge body is machined from 7075 aluminium, the hardest available. However, having only a total weight of only 8.9 grams it is suitable for a variety of popular tonearms.
Low output moving coil cartridge with Alnico magnet and Flux damper
0.28mV (at 1KHz, 5cm/sec.)
30 dB (at 1KHz)
1.0 dB (at 1KHz)
20 - 20,000Hz (± 1dB)
10 x 10-6 cm/dyn
1.8 - 2.2 grams
> 30 ohms
6mm length 0.3 mm dia. solid boron
0.14 x 0.08 mm Line contact PF
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