represents the pinnacle of all that Seiji Yoshioka has learned and achieved
in his pioneering and perfection of the ring-magnet construction in phono
cartridges. Listening to the Proteus on a top turntable and arm combination,
the usual audio industry descriptors fail...there is only music, intensely
communicative music. The phenomenal resolution can only be understood
in musical and emotional terms..."did you hear how he bent that note?
...how could she do that with her voice? You can feel her pain..."
the name of an early Greek sea god known for his ability like water,
to change forms, flowing from one to the next. This aptly describes
Transfigurations Proteus and its chameleon-like ability to become whatever
music it sees. Liquid, powerful, delicate, transparent...and teeming
are ready to unleash the gods of music hidden in the grooves of your
favorite LP's, it is time for Proteus...
aluminium, resonance controlled
cantilever: 0.3mm solid boron
stylus: PA (3 x 30µm) solid diamond
core/coils: Ultra grade 3S - µ metal square core with 5N silver
magnet: neodymium front & rear
voltage: 0.2mV (3.54cm/s, 1kHz)
internal impedance: 1 ohm
frequency response: 10Hz 20kHz +1.5dB; 20kHz 40kHz +2dB
channel separation: > 30dB (200Hz - 1kHz)
channel balance: < 0.5dB at 1kHz
ability: > 70µm at tracking force 2.0g at 315Hz
dynamic compliance: 13 x 10 to the minus 6 cm/dyne
loading: > 10 ohms
recommend tracking force: 2.0 g
optimum working temp: 23º celsius
break in period: min. 40 hours
1. Push pull damping
A special compound has newly been meticulously
designed and fabricated to provide total stylus/coil alignment and control.
It's non-sensitivity to temperature change keeps the damping coefficient
stable and improbes tracing accuracy.
2. Twin coils on the cantilever fulcrum
Minimizes dynamic mass and mechanical impedance, enabling instant,
accurate reaction to every groove detail, including the ability to handle
massive transients without overshoot or break-up.
3. Special alloy core for coil assembly
This increases sensitivity by 35dB, improves signal to noise ratio
eliminating a usual source of distortion.
4. Neodymium magnet
to the much higher induced magnetism of the neodymium magnet in the rear
of the double ring magnets, the coil-turns
of the generator have been reduced. It is very helpful to reduce the internal
impedance to 1ohm, which contributes to the improvement in the solidarity
5. Low mass tip
Ogura PA (3 x 30µm) tip shares many of the advantages of this
flagship MC cartridge with the Phoenix and Axia. Its function is to reproduce
the character of the original recorded sound - not add or subtract its
6. Anti-resonance cartridge body
The solid cartridge body utilizes both shape and material to create
a totally inert environment for the electromagnetic elements. These elements
are more effectively insulated from arm, turntable and tracing noises,
further reducing any tonal coloration of the music and lessening the illusion
of distracting mechanical noises.