Ikeda 9TS Moving Coil Phono Cartridge
The superlative audio Cartridges and Tonearms had been hand-crafted by Mr. Isamu Ikeda of Ikeda Sound Labs. well-known as a sound master-craftsman in Japan, with his dedicated experiences and professional skill for more than 50 years while he had worked as a designer for tonearms and cartridges in a company and then established FR (Fidelity Research Co.) serving as the founder and the president in 1964.
When the MC cartridge :FR-1 and the Tonearm: FR-24 were introduced in 1967, many of LP/SP record users had appreciated the quality very much and finally these products got the greatest sales since the Japanese Imperial family also played with. When the MC cartridge :FR-7 and the Tonearm: FR-64 were introduced in the market in 1978, FR had grown up as big as the companies in the 2nd Board of Tokyo Stock Exchange Market and had acquired the patent for “Air-Core Quadrupole Structure” for FR-7 in Japan and in the U.S.A. The new MC cantileverless Cartridges and Ikeda Tonearms have ever been purely designed and developed for audiophiles and sound lovers worldwide by Ikeda Sound Labs. since FR had closed down in the 80’s.
The Ikeda 9TS was developed as an entry model with an easy handling and high output by maintaining the superior reproduction and acoustic abilities inherited by the Ikeda 9 series cartridges.
The stylus chip is shaped with an oval design which has been employed on the traditional Ikeda cartridges successively produced, and the cantilever is made of double layered duralumin pipe.
In addition, the body and magnetic yolk etc that are very important components and keystones relating to the sound quality are made with the same architecture as the upper class Ikeda cartridges have.
The Ikeda 9TS will be able to reproduce the powerful analogue-like sound filled with energy by keeping a nice balance ranging from the low to the high frequency.
The Ikeda 9TS is nicely fabricated and produced by spending a plenty of time for the precise adjustment in order to bring out the pure sound and performance engraved in a vinyl disk, but hidden in the specifications, in addition to filling various conditions required for phono cartridges as a playback tool.