We herewith proudly introduce the fideles - an all-new high-end phono cartridge.
„fideles“ derivates from Latin / German and stands for „faithful, - as well as agile and lively“.
Unusual in this price class, the fideles features a solid advanced Titanium Timet 1100 body of unparalleled energy transfer ability and unique combination of strength and light weight.
The generator system is a double-magnet - focused field - moving ferrum pipe - principle which gives a healthy high output of 5.5 mV.
Very easy handle for any phono stage and no need for a high-gain / moving coil phono input.
Any phono input with 35 to 50 dB gain and 47k to 100k impedance is fine.
The fideles’ Titanium body further features 3 rows of threads to allow perfect overhang in any headshell / tonearm.
The fideles produces a very dynamic, live-like, colorful, open, transparent and natural sound and performs solidly several steps above it’s price range.
It features very high trackability - above 90 µm! - and is very easy to align.
It’s relatively low body mass allows perfect synergy with a very wide selection of low to medium-high mass tonearms.
It easily rivals - not just in terms of it’s cnc’ed Titanium body - high end cartridges in the price range of 2000 to 3500 US$ retails.
The fideles has a world-wide retails price target of around US$ 1200 / EURO 990.
The fideles was designed to set a new standard in the US$ 1200 to 2000 - price range of phono cartridges - in terms of technical input, value for money and performance alike.
image hifi, Ausgabe 5/2016 - Autor: Uwe Kirbach, Fotografie: Rolf Winter
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