Miyajima Shilabe MC Phono Cartridge ($2,800) Review on 10 Audio

Monday, November 3, 2008

10 Audio has reviewed the Miyajima Shilabe MC phono cartridge ($2,800) and given it a perfect “10 LPs” rating. This is a moving coil cartridge that “weighs 10.4 grams, has an output of 0.23mV with a coil resistance of ‘about 16 Ohms,’ and a recommended tracking force of 2.5 – 3.2 grams.”

Reviewer Jerry S. compared its sound to two other highly regarded units, calling it:

… a cross between the speed, dynamics and micro-resolution of a Lyra Helikon SL and the warmth and harmonic development of a Koetsu Urushi.

Jerry summed up his impressions as follows:

The Miyajima Shilabe phono cartridge is closer to perfection than any cartridge I have previously experienced. It may be possible to surpass its outstanding performance, perhaps with a “Shilabe mk. 2”. Until then, I am indeed a devoted fan.

Read the entire review, then check out Jerry’s review of the Koetsu Urushi, among other Koetsu models, from 2002.