Phasemation PP-1000 Stereo Moving Coil Cartridge


Phasemation’s PP-1000 stereo moving coil cartridge.  An outstanding cartridge being cultured, refined and above all musical with characteristically low surface noise.   Free UK shipping.

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Phasemation PP-1000 Stereo Moving Coil Cartridge

Who Are Phasemation?

Phasemation may be a new name in the UK, but is actually an old and well established Japanese audio maker which has been around since 1970, originally called Kyodo Denshi System and initially an test instrumentation manufacturer. Fast forward to the 1990s and the company became an OEM manufacturer of MC step-up transformers and D/A converters for internationally well-known audio brands.
In 2002, the company started its own high-end audio brand, then called Phase Tech, and in the next few years they produced their first MC Phono Cartridge, the P-1, followed quickly by the Phase Tech T-1 MC step-up transformer. In the following year, Phase Tech produced a CD transport and EA-1 tube phono equaliser. The first MC phono cartridge, Phase Tech P-3 was released in 2005 and updated and improved in 2007 as the P-3G.

In late 2010, Phase Tech became Phasemation. The following year, the Phasemation PP-1000 cartridge was released, being essentially an update of the original P-1 but with a signifivantly re-designed magnetic circuit. In 2012 the PP-300 cartridge was released, as an entry-level product but still based on the PP-1000. In 2015, the ‘flagship’ PP-2000 cartridge appeared, building on the PP-1000 but with a different magnetic yoke and circuit. The following year the PP-500 cartridge was released, and this model is a ‘trickle down’ design based very much on the PP-2000.

Phasemation have produced many more high-end audio products over the years which can be seen at but here at Ammonite Audio we are mostly interested in the moving coil cartridges and step-up transformers, which offer a really good balance of fine musical performance and value, particularly when seen against much of the high-end alternatives on offer by other companies.

Phasemation PP-1000 Stereo Moving Coil Cartridge

Prior to the new PP-2000, the PP-1000 was the top model in Phasemation’s range of high end pickup cartridges, developed from the original Phase Tech P1.  There is definitely a family sound character across Phasemation cartridges and the PP-1000 shares with other models the delicate, yet muscular and above all musical sound, with notably low surface noise (a refreshing trait, in our view).  How does it compare to the PP-300 and PP-500 in terms of sound?  Well, our experience is that the PP-1000 shares the same essential ‘cultured’ nature of the other models, with a fresher and richer character.  For anyone who has become a little weary of high end moving coil cartridges that feel like they have an artificially ‘etched’ and harsh sound character, Phasemation offer a range of modern sounding cartridges that always remain delicate and sweet sounding, without being overly ‘warm’.

Phasemation cartridges work with most modern arms having medium to high effective mass.   Phasemation give their compliance figures expressed at 100Hz (as do most Japanese makers), but according to our measurements the compliance at 10Hz is 14.10^-6cm/dyne, which makes them pretty much medium compliance cartridges. All Phasemation cartridges work very well with Jelco TK-850 or Jelco TK-950 tonearms, but really come to life in the heavier Timestep tonearms.  Phasemation cartridges have a healthy output of 0.3mV making them easy to match with most MC phonostages and moving coil step-up transformers.  Phasemation’s T-300 transformer is ideal, and reasonably priced, and the Miyajima ETR-STEREO is a really lovely partner.

Product Specifications

Power Generation MethodMoving Coil Type
Impedance4 Ohm
Applicable Stylus Force1.7 to 2.0g
Output Voltage0.29mV(horizontal direction of 1kHz 50mm/s)
Compliance8.10(e-6)cm/dyne @100 Hz, 16.10(e-6)cm/dyne @10Hz
Playing Frequency Range10Hz to 30kHz
Separation30dB or more (1kHz)
Channel BalanceWithin 1dB (1kHz)
Range of Recommended Temperature20℃ to 26℃
Stylus ChipDiamond(line contact / curvature 0.03×0.003mm)
CantileverPure Boron φ0.26
MagnetSamarium Cobalt Magnet
Magnetic Circuit Composition MaterialPermendur
BaseStainless(Diamond Like Carbon processing)
BodyDuralumin(Diamond Like Carbon processing)


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