Phasemation PP-2000 Stereo Moving Coil Cartridge

£3,995.00

Phasemation’s flagship PP-2000 stereo moving coil cartridge.  An outstanding cartridge that challenges the very best high end alternatives at a price that’s not silly.  Like all Phasemations is cultured, refined and above all musical with characteristically low surface noise.   Free UK shipping.

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Description

Phasemation PP-2000 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 www.phasemation.com 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-2000 Stereo Moving Coil Cartridge

The Phasemation PP-2000 is their ultimate cartridge, taking every lesson from the PP-1000 and creating a new design that builds, somewhat magnificently, on that cartridge.  Phasemation have succeeded in designing and producing, in the PP-2000, a cartridge that more truly reproduces spacial and acoustic cues, with no nasty phase anomalies, and with the most pure and fresh midrange and treble-part, supported by the most fantastic clear and resonant bass.  The PP-2000 might well be the best moving coil cartridge that sensible money can buy and we find it hard to choose between this and the sublime Miyajima Saboten L .

New magnetic circuit and vibration system

Phasemation decided to re-examine the magnetic circuit of the previous flagship PP-1000.  They chose to retain permendur to remain as the magnetic material, but the shape of the yoke in the PP-2000 is newly designed.  This results in a more efficient generator with better magnetic field uniformity.  Greater efficiency enables a higher output of 0.3mV.
The vibration system has been newly designed in order to pursue the best balance of the sound quality. Phasemation have taken great care to develop and specify a new damper material with characteristics that enable the cartridge to better reproduce very fine musical details and real acoustic cues.

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 Voltage0.3mV(horizontal direction of 1kHz 50mm/s)
Compliance8.10(e-6)cm/dyne @100 Hz, 14.10(e-6)cm/dyne @10Hz
Playing Frequency Range10Hz to 30kHz
Separation30dB or more (1kHz)
Channel BalanceWithin 1dB (1kHz)
Range of Recommended Temperature20℃ to 26℃
Tare14.3g
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)

Awards

Stereo SoundGrand Prix 2011 Grand Prix Prize
Stereo SoundBEST BUY COMPONENTS 2011-12 Phono Cartridge 1st Prize
Stereo SoundBEST BUY COMPONENTS 2012-13 Phono Cartridge 3rd Prize
Stereo SoundBEST BUY COMPONENTS 2013-14 Phono Cartridge 2nd Prize
Ongen PublisingAudio Excellence Award 2012 Bronze Prize
Ongen Publisinganalog Grand Prix 2012 Analog Components Product Award
Seibundo-shinkosha2013 MJ Technology of the Year Analog Components Award

 

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