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Jan Allaerts Phono Cartridges

 

Jan Allaerts - Table Of Contents:

 

Jan Allaerts - Introduction

 

Only a small number of these cartridges are created every year and each one is manufactured as a precision instrument, housed in gold enclosures and presented in jewel boxes.

 

Rare jewels in the cartridge world, simply among the best.  Exquisitely hand-crafted in Belgium by Jan Allaerts.

 

Warranty: 5 years on all parts, except for cantilever and tip.

 

Availability: Because all Allaerts cartridges are hand made exclusively by Jan himself and are always in demand there is a waiting list for certain models, approx. 3 to 4 months.  For example, only 70 pieces of the MC1B model are manufactured per year.  Definitely no mass-production quantities, but one gets a high-performance and  lovingly handcrafted product, meticulously manufactured.

 

For more information and reviews, Click Me! to visit Jan Allaerts' website.

Jan Allaerts

  * Background photography by Jake Levin, USA

Jan Allaerts, Simon Yorke

Simon Yorke (left) and Jan Allaerts (right) at the Frankfurt High-End Show 2001 (photo  H•RERLEBNIS German high-end magazine)

"We came to know of this small and exclusive manufacturer by recommendation of Simon Yorke (of turntable fame) and have been delighted to receive and test its flagship MC2 Finish Gold cartridge. Simon's recommendation was a good one, and the cartridge is stunning ... A cartridge under construction, it takes time !!"

- Audio Evidence, Hongkong distributor for Audio Note Kondo, Living Voice, Avantgarde, Simon Yorke, etc.   

(webmaster's note:  the Formula I is now the flagship cartridge)

 

Jan Allaerts

A Jan Allaerts cartridge on a Simon Yorke tonearm

 
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Jan Allaerts - Photographs

 

Jan Allaerts MC1B

Jan Allaerts MC1 B - a jewel appropriately encased in a black jewel box

 

Jan Allaerts MC1B on a Naim Aro tonearm

Jan Allaerts MC1B, Naim Audio tonearm

 

Jan Allaerts Formula 1, in its red box

Jan Allaerts Formula 1

Jan Allaerts MC2 Finish, also in its red box

Jan Allaerts MC2 Finish

 

Jan Allaerts on a Scheu Premier turntable

Jan Allaerts MC1B on a Scheu Classic tonearm, mounted on a Scheu Premier MK2 turntable

 

JonL System

A Jan Allaerts MC1B mounted on a Scheu Tacco tonearm.

 

First-Rate !

 

Jan Allaerts, Schroder Reference tonearm

Photo from HiFi+ Magazine

A Jan Allaerts MC1B mounted on a Frank Schrder Reference tonearm.

 

Exquisite !

 

A Jan Allaerts cartridge mounted on a Simon Yorke Series 7 turntable

 

* Photo from Simon Yorke website

Simon Yorke, Jan Allaerts

 
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Jan Allaerts - Review Excerpts / Comments

 

Hi-Fi Choice

 

 

overall rating

5 stars

Jan Allaerts - HiFi Choice

 

"It made a positive impression from the out, delivering alarming bass power alongside broad dynamic and tonal variety from The Aphex Twin's robust Windowlicker. Moving onto something more subtle, Shostakovich's String Quartet No 8 revealed the cartridge's ability to reveal timbre, string tone and presence which it did with considerable aplomb."

 

"This Allaerts cartridge proved impossible to criticize: either I'm losing my faculties (no comments please) or there aren't enough new cartridges getting reviewed these days. Or this is a very, very good cartridge. I imagine there are models that might equal it, but would be most surprised if there were any that could beat it at the price. If you're in the market for a serious needle, get on the waiting list now."

Click Me!  for the full review.

 

 

"If attention to detail, precision, and mechanical integrity are the hallmarks of how the Allaerts cartridges are built then it also sums up perfectly how this cartridge sounds"

 

"Supporting  melodies that were either only hinted at or not there at all, make their appearance and redefine the musical emphasis and therefore the performance.  Palestrina's Lassus contains a wealth of complex vocal layering that, whilst evident when listening through the Clearaudio Insider and the van den Hul Grasshopper, take on a very different presentation with the Allaerts.  Here, the Sopranos, Altos, and Tenors are delineated in such a way as to lay bare their tonal relationships, whilst the various choirs participating in the polyphony create a layering that is only hinted at through other cartridges."

 

"This cartridge enfolds a singer like Aretha Franklin or Ute Lemper into the music as if she is as organic to it as the rhythmic bass lines.  There is a unity and integrity about such a presentation, which, can at times, make you question the frequency balance and presentation of other cartridges."

 

Click Me! for the full review.

 

Vinyl Asylum

Forum

Customer Feedback

Some testimonials from the Vinyl Asylum forum: (you need to go through the follow-ups as well)

... Anyone tried comparing to Koetsus, Clearaudios, vdHul ?

Allaerts cartridges: what is latest experience and opinion

Thanks: Anyone have Allaerts cartridge?

Jan Allaerts cartridges: Anyone else compared them?

How do they stack up to the Lyras, Clearaudios, and Transfig's of the world ?

That should give an idea on Jan Allaerts cartridges ...

 

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Technical Specifications

 

 

MC1 Eco

MC1 B (Boron)

MC1 B MKII

MC2 Finish

MC Formula 1

 

Coil     impedance

22 R Ohm

22 R Ohm

24 R Ohm

32 R Ohm

32 R Ohm

Load   impedance

100 R Ohm

100 R Ohm

100 R Ohm

845 R Ohm

845 R Ohm

Load   capacitance

150 pF

150 pF

150 pF

100 pF

150 pF

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stylus pressure

2 gram

2 gram

1.8 gram

1.8 gram

1.8 gram

Tolerance

0.2 gram

0.1 gram

0.05 gram

0.05 gram

0.05 gram

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output voltage

0.5 mV

0.5 mV

0.7 mV

0.2 mV

0.15 mV

Coil    Wire

15  •mm

15  •mm

1.5  •mm

20  •mm

20  •mm

 

Copper

Copper/Silver

Copper/Silver

Gold 24 Kt

Gold 24 Kt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magnet

Alnico

 

Rechargeable principle

Alnico

 

Rechargeable principle

Neodymium

 

Permanent (Cat: Rare earth magnet)

Neodymium

 

Permanent (Cat: Rare earth magnet)

Samarium -Cobalt

 

Permanent (Cat: Rare earth magnet)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cantilever

Aluminum

Boron / Sapphire

Boron / Sapphire

Boron / Sapphire

Boron / Sapphire

Stylus  Tip

FG II

FG I

FG S

FG S

FG S

Rounded radius

7 micron

5 micron

5 micron

5 micron

4 micron

Stylus to Mounting Hole Distance

9.5 mm

9.5 mm

9.8 mm

9.5 mm

9.5 mm

           

Tracking Capability

150•mm

250•mm

300•mm

400•mm

400•mm

Channel Separation

1 Khz  5 cm/s

35 dB

60 dB

70 dB

70 dB

> 60 db

Channel Separation

20Khz

25 dB

50 dB

60 dB

70 dB

> 70 db

Channel  Separation

100 Hz

25 dB

60 dB

70 dB

70 dB

> 70 dB

Total  THD %

1.5%

0.5%

0.3%

0.1%

0.01 %

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Frequency range

20 Hz to 30 Khz

15 Hz to 60 Khz

5 Hz to 80 Khz

5 Hz to100 Khz

3 Hz to150 Khz

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weight (including screws)

10 Gram

10 Gram

10 Gram

10 Gram

11 Gram

Connector pins

Copper

Gold 14 Kt

Gold 14 Kt

Gold 14 Kt

Gold 14 Kt

Connector

Rod

1.3 mm x 20mm

1.3 mm x 20mm

1.3 mm x 20mm

1.3 mm x 20mm

1.3 mm x 20mm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type MC

Moving Coil

Moving Coil

Moving Coil

Moving Coil

Moving Coil

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screws

2.5 mm

Titanium

2.5 mm

Titanium

2.5 mm

Titanium

2.5 mm

Titanium

2.5 mm

Titanium

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casing

Manually milled and drilled aluminum

Manually milled and drilled aluminum

Manually milled and drilled aluminum

Manually milled and drilled aluminum

Manually milled and drilled aluminum.  Especially prepared for gold coating 100•mm

Cover

0.2mm thick

0.2mm thick, coated with 24Kt gold foil

0.2mm thick, coated with 24Kt gold foil

0.2mm thick, coated with 24Kt gold foil

0.3mm thick, coated with 24Kt gold foil

Color

Anodized in gold color finish, scratch resistant

Anodized in gold color finish, scratch resistant

Anodized in gold color finish, scratch resistant

Anodized in gold color finish, scratch resistant

Gold color finish; 24Kt Cobalt

Terminals

Soft Iron, shaped by grinding and milling

Soft Iron, shaped by grinding and milling

Soft Iron, shaped by grinding and milling

Soft Iron, shaped by grinding and milling

Soft Iron, shaped by grinding and milling.  Especially prepared for gold coating 100•mm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Opp

20 X 20 mm

20 X 20 mm

20 X 20 mm

20 X 20 mm

20 X 20 mm

* The technical data specified above are dependent on the actual arm used in the equipment

 

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