Just accidentally I discovered a cartridge which is so different to all my other 100 units that I couldn’t believe in the beginning how this is possible?
Owning the Archon and Astron of Acoustical Systems I thought these two carts cover my needs in the specific area. When I was exchanging ideas with Dietrich Brakemeier, the man behind Acoustical Systems, he told me he had done some improvements on his Aiwon cart, his latest design so far. He shortened the cantilever, changed the tension wire a little, used less wires, put some c37 laquer on the cantilever which is made of tempted aluminum, a material with provides a better natural resonance than Boron, Diamond etc.
So why should I go for another cartridge?
Okay, for a test it would be fine. When I put the Palladian into an Arche headshell using it in the FR-66s I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Never, never before I was caught in such a Live Atmosphere as the Palladian transported into my room. This was a kind of power and sheer attack falling over me when listening to Billy Joel’s Songs In The Attic I never had experienced so far.Besides of the dynamic approach the sound is so harmonic, the stage well structured, deep and high frequences well dosed. My god, and I had not spend 20 hours of playing or even more. Just from the beginning the Palladian plays perfectly.
In a way I feel really addicted to Brakemeier’s designs. I had not opted for his big Apolyt turntable as I do not have the space in my listening room. Instead I went for another ingenious air bearing design which convinced me absolutely despite it needed some smaller improvements. But this is the way it always should be, learning and enjoying when improving High End Systems.
I am pretty sure the Palladian will shock the “cartridge world”. Isn’t it wonderful that it’s still possible seeing such great designs on cartridge building!?