The difference between Reference and Prestige series, basically speaking, are stylus mass, tip mass, diamond shapes and size, different coils, different wires and compliance. The cost difference between the Reference and Prestige series are the closer tolerances, skilled technicians vs assembly line production, much higher parts cost and different design in the Reference series. The Prestige series of cartridges are designed for high output and excellent stability under severe use. A considerable tip mass reduction results in a frequency response to 55 kHz and beyond and tracking forces from 1-2 grams.
The Black and Green models use a three piece OTL cantilever technology, standard oxygen free wire in the coils and Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted in a brass bushing. The Green model is selected from the Black production run and meet higher test specifications. Approximately 15% of the production run will meet these standards and become Green models.
Black & Green Technical Specification:
Output at 1KHz 5CM/sec. 5mV Cartridge Type: Moving Iron
Stylus Type: Specially designed elliptical diamond
Wire: Ultra-high purity long crystal copper Frequency Response: 20~50,000 Hz Recommended Tracking Force: 1-2g Recommended Load: 47 Kohm