Japanese artisanal cartridge manufacturer Noriyuki Miyajima has released an ‘enhanced’ L version of the company’s entry-level stereo moving-coil cartridge, the Takumi. [The Miyajima Takumi L is pictured above, click image to enlarge.]
The Takumi L has a nude line contact stylus rather than the regular Takumi’s bonded elliptical stylus. The lower tip mass of the nude line contact stylus enables a more extended high-frequency response, with Miyajima claiming a frequency response of 20Hz–32kHz. (The entry-level Takumi’s frequency response is rated as 20Hz–22kHz.)

As with all Miyajima stereo cartridges, the Takumi L has the company’s unique, patented ‘cross ring’ design with a non-magnetic core where, rather than using a tie-wire to hold the cantilever and coil assembly against the magnet pole piece, there’s a pointed slide bar that correctly locates the coil assembly. This means that the coil assembly can pivot unimpeded by a tensioning wire. ‘The end result of this unique mechanical cartridge configuration is dramatically lower distortion leading to a ‘just right’ balance of silky smoothness and precise bite, of detail and delicacy,’ said Boris Granovsky, of Absolute HiEnd, which distributes Miyajima cartridges in Australia. ‘There is an incredible sense of air and space in and around vocals, and of instrumental separation, combining to deliver a gratifyingly fluent and eloquent musical presentation.’

Available now, the Miyajima Takumi L retails for $4,195.

Manufacturer’s Specifications: Miyajima Takumi L Phono Cartridge
BodyType: African Blackwood (Mpingo)
Frequency Range: 20Hz to 32kHz
Output: 0.21mV
Impedance: 16Ω
Recommended Load: 100Ω
Recommended Tracking Force: 2.3g
Stylus Type: Nude line contact
Compliance: 9×10-6cm/dyne (@100Hz)
Weight: 8.9g
Price: $TBA

For more information, contact Absolute HiEnd