The DV XX-1 was the first cartridge to feature a "magnetic flux damper" (patent) and softened magnetism" (patent) processes that reject the magnetic fluctuation that is detrimental to a moving coil cartridges performance.
The The DV XX-2 MKII retains the benefit of the flux damper but features the Alnico-5 magnet and the similar rigid construction to the Te Kaitora Rua. Alnico magnets exhibit high magnetic flux density combining with a low coercive therefore magnetic resistance is lower than other magnetic types such as rare earth and ferrite, providing the exceptional stability of the XX-2 MKII output voltage. There is also the additional advantage of low magnetic and electrical resistance contributing to a discernable improvement in sound quality.
The XX-2MKII also exhibits deep powerful bass, treble is both clear and lively possessing none of the hardness found in many moving coil designs.
The XX-2MKII also features a 6 mm solid boron cantilever fitted with a Pathfinder Line contact stylus. PCOCC (pure copper ohno continuous casting process) copper wire is used for the coil. The output voltage of 0.28mV is higher than that of the XX-2 and 6 ohms impedance are suited to most moving coil phono stages.
For ridgity of construction the XX-2 MKII cartridge body is machined from 7075 aluminium the hardest available. However, having only a total weight of only 8.9 grams it is suitable for a variety of popular tonearms.
|Recommended load impedance||> 30 ohms|
|Cantilever||6mm length 0.3 mm dia. solid boron|
|Stylus tip||PF Line contact shape, stylus radius: 7 x 30 micron|
|Tracking force||1.8 - 2.2 g|
|Frequency response||20 - 20,000Hz (± 1dB)|
|Type||Low output moving coil cartridge with Alnico magnet and Flux damper|
|Output Voltage||0.28mV (at 1KHz, 5cm/sec.)|
|Channel Separation||30 dB (at 1KHz)|
|Channel balance||1.0 dB (at 1KHz)|