ESE Labs Phono Cartridge

The lovely little EarMax headphone amps listen along as ESE Lab's Rudi Korosec, standing here with Audio Advancements' Hart Huschens, takes some time to explain his latest phono cartridge. So new, in fact, it remains nameless, the ESE cartridge has a graphite body with a hyperelliptical stylus, a mass of 9g, and a recommended tracking force of 1.5g. Korosec seemed most pleased, however, with the cartridge's "extremely low impedance" of .85 ohms.

"Its graphite body makes it ideal for stopping vibrations," said Korosec, "and provides an excellent interface for many different tonearms."

Though there is no name, there is a price: $1500.