Colibri Master Signature Cartridge

by Van den Hul

$11,995.00
OR

Our top model custom hand built phono cartridge The Colibri, featuring matched crystal copper coils with 0.30 or 0.38mV/channel output. A version with matched crystal gold coils and 0.65 mV/channel, output is also available.

As a result of phono cartridge builder A.J. van den Hul’s continuous research into improving his phono cartridge designs our top model “The Colibri” has seen the light of day.

The Colibri is the improved successor to our Grasshopper “Beauty” series of phono cartridges where many building components have been removed in a highly successful quest to return to the plain essence of phono transduction.

The result is an unbelievably straightforward sounding “clean and open” design, in all its aspects bearing much resemblance to the “Colibri” named tropical bird’s swiftness, elegance and beauty; Hence the cartridge’s name.

Compared to our GRASSHOPPER “BEAUTY” series the following differences stand out:

  • By minimizing and adapting the cartridge’s total magnetic circuit the related distortion and (Barkhausen) noise have undergone a considerable decrease. This opens up many subtle sound details that never have been heard before; Especially the decay of instrument sounds now stands out much more clearly in the music’s totality.
  • Due to the minimization of the cartridge’s total magnetic circuit the cartridge’s mass has been reduced. Together with the possibility to tune the cartridge’s static compliance on special customer demand it is now possible to use very light tonearms whilst maintaining a very good tracking ability.
  • By removing the frontpole is has been possible to apply an even shorter cantilever; This further improves the groove-modulation-transduction’s directness and accuracy.
  • Due to the minimal magnetic design the output voltage has slightly reduced.

The Colibri is available in three main versions:

XG Version: (X = cross shaped modulator, G = matched crystal Gold wire coils)

  • Medium output, most suitable for classical music
  • Output voltage: 0.38 mV/channel
  • Types available: XGW, XGP, XGM, XGA (-W, -P, -M and -A type see extra info)

XC Version: (X = cross shaped modulator, C = matched crystal Copper wire coils)

  • Low output all-round model
  • Output voltage: 0.30 mV/channel
  • Types available: XCW, XCP, XCM, XCA (-W, -P, -M and -A type see extra info)

XC-HO & XG-HO Version: (X = cross shaped modulator, C = matched crystal Copper wire coils, G = matched crystal Gold wire coils, HO = High Output)

  • High output, most suitable for jazz music
  • Output voltage: 0.65 mV/channel
  • Types available: XCW-HO, XCP-HO, XCM-HO and XCA-HO (-W, -P, -M and -A type see extra info)
  • XGW-HO, XGP-HO, XGM-HO and XGA-HO (-W, -P, -M and -A type see extra info)

Features

  • Different body types-W (W=wooden body), -P (Carbon plastic body), -M (Metal body, -A (Amber body) 
  • Stylus shapeVDH - 1S
  • Stylus radius2 x 85 Micron
  • Frequency range5 - 65.000 Hz
  • Tracking force range1,35-1,5g (13.5 - 15 mN) see (*3)
  • Static compliance35 Micron/mN see extra info (*3)
  • Dynamic compliance20 Micron/mN
  • Tracking ability70 Micron
  • Output voltageA) 0.38 mV RMS B) 0.30 mV RMS C) 0.65 mV RMS
  • Channel unbalance< 0.5 dB
  • Channel separation> 35 / > 30 dB
  • Stylus tip mass0.24 Milligram
  • System weightSee extra info(*4)
  • Vertical tracking angle22 Degrees
  • Load capacitanceNon critical
  • Load impedance 20-47.000 Ohm - Advisable 50-600 Ohm XC-Version: 20-47.000 Ohm - Advisable 20-600 Ohm X-HO-Version: 20-47.000 Ohm - Advisable  50-600 Ohm
  • Eff tone arm massSee extra info (*3) + (*4) + (*5)
  • Moving coil resistanceA) 36 Ohm +/- 10% B) 21 Ohm +/- 10% C) 96 Ohm +/- 10%
  • Extra info(*3): Versions optimized for lower tracking forces (allowing very light arms) can be built on special request. These have a higher static compliance. (*4): W,P,M and A type suffix: Each of the three above mentioned main versions of The Colibri are available with either: -A Pau amarello or Koa wooden body. Total cartridge weight is 6 gram. Suitable for arms with an effective tone arm mass of 10 gram to 16 gram. The wooden bodied version carries the -W suffix in its name. - A regular carbon-nylon plastic body. Total cartridge weight is 6 gram. Suitable for arms with an effective tone arm mass of 8 gram to 14 gram. The plastic bodied version carries the -P suffix in its name. - A metal body. Total cartridge weight is 7 gram. Suitable for arms with an effective tone arm mass of 10 gram to 14 gram. The metal bodied version carries the -M suffix in its name. - An amber body. Total cartridge weight is 6 gram. Suitable for arms with an effective tone arm mass of 10 gram to 16 gram. The amber bodied version carries the -A suffix in its name. (*5): The cartridge has been optimized regarding an EFFECTIVE tone arm mass of 11 - 12 gram. Heavier arms CAN produce tracking and resonance problems and arms with an effective mass exceeding 16 gram WILL CERTAINLY! Please note that an extremely short cantilever and a high tracking ability and heavy arms DUE TO PHYSICS will never yield a happy marriage.

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