Cartridge Type The WHITE BEAUTY Special-X Unit
Stylus Replacement Available see (*)
Stylus Shape VDH - IS
Stylus Radii 2 x 85 Micron
Frequency Range 5 - 65.000 Hz
Tracking Force 12 - 14
see (***) mN
Static Compliance 35 Micron / mN
Tracking Ability at 15 mN at 315 Hz 70 Micron
Output Voltage at 1 kHz at 5.7 cm/s eff. see (****) mV RMS
Channel Unbalance < 0.5 dB
Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz >33 / >28 dB
Equivalent Stylus Tip Mass 0.32 Milligram
System Weight 8.5 Gram
Vertical Tracking Angle 22 Degrees
Optimum Load Capacitance see (**) pF
Recommended Load Impedance > 500 Ohm
Recommended Eff. Tone arm Mass 6 - 10 Gram
Moving Coil Resistance (per channel) 9 Ohm
(*) : Stylus replacement and other services available on request
(**) : Non critical
(***) : Items produced before October '98: 13.5 - 16 mN
(****): Available in two varieties:
- A more spatial sounding version with 0.50 mV/channel output
for those who mostly play classical music.
- A more dynamic sounding version with 0.65 mV/channel output
for those who mostly play jazz and pop music.
Related Articles & Papers:
“BLACK is BEAUTIFUL”; In this extensive review Walter Fuchs discusses our REFERENCE CARTRIDGES The BLACK BEAUTY and The WHITE BEAUTY with lots of attention regarding their musical aspects and useful background information on setup and amplification. Translated from German magazine Hörerlebnis, issue 25.
“Van den Hul BLACK BEAUTY Moving-Coil Cartridge”; A complete review covering our REFERENCE CARTRIDGE The BLACK BEAUTY from Issue #129 of The Absolute Sound April-May 2001, pp 83-86 by Anthony H. Cordesman.
“Van den Hul BLACK BEAUTY SP-X”; Martin Colloms reviews our REFERENCE CARTRIDGE The BLACK BEAUTY; Van den Hul’s variant on the Grasshopper high-end cartridge. A review from Hi-fi News & Record Review, July 2000.
“Van den Hul BLACK BEAUTY Phono Cartridge”; An excellent and very extensive review covering our REFERENCE CARTRIDGE The BLACK BEAUTY in all its aspects; This as well as a detailed comparison to its predecessor the GRASSHOPPER IV GLA. A review by Jonathan Scull from Stereophile, May 1999.
“Van den Hul BLACK BEAUTY Moving Coil Phono Cartridge”; This interesting review by Larry Brotzen covers many details and aspects of this REFERENCE CARTRIDGE. A review from Ultimate Audio Jul/Aug ’97.
“Van den Hul BLACK BEAUTY”; In this article our REFERENCE CARTRIDGE The BLACK BEAUTY is reviewed. Translated from German magazine Image HiFi, issue 1/’98.
“GLIDING FLIGHT”; A relatively short, though informative review about The BLACK BEAUTY, our REFERENCE CARTRIDGE, translated from German magazine Audio, issue 10/’97.
Our PHONO FAQ: A.J. van den Hul has written down his answers to the questions most commonly asked to him during the years. A very comprehensive “question and answer styled” list which treats phono replay, cartridges, turntables and nearly all matters related is the result. Both the novice and experienced record enthusiast will come across many points of interest here. Well worth browsing through...
Stereophile’s DUTCH MASTER interview with cartridge and cable designer A.J. van den Hul, introduces you to A.J. van den Hul’s succesful philosophy in cable and cartridge design. Furthermore many aspects regarding his METAL FREE interconnects and GRASSHOPPER phono cartridges are discussed.
“The DUTCH GAUL”; In this extensive interview with A.J. van den Hul many ideas, backgrounds and aspects regarding the manufacturing, use, rebuilding and repair of PHONO CARTRIDGES are discussed. From Hörerlebnis, issue 30.
Hi-fi News & Record Review’s A VAN DEN HUL PROFILE interview, though dating from 1990, provides excellent background information on van den Hul’s patented LINE-CONTACT PHONO STYLUS, its invention and philosophy. Furthermore, van den Hul’s AUDIO CABLE PHILOSOPHY is discussed in detail.
“HOT TIPS”; This interview, though dating from 1984, provides excellent information regarding A.J. van den Hul’s theories on CARTRIDGE DESIGN and an expansion of his views on the RE-TIPPING of CARTRIDGES. Furthermore, pictures of various stylus tips are shown. From New Hi-Fi Sound, February issue 1984, page 99-101.
“The CANTILEVER TALES”; An appraisal of A.J. van den Hul’s PHONO CARTRIDGE REPAIR / REBUILDING / RETIPPING SERVICE; “If you love analog, you can breath never-before-available life into a good old (or new) classic cartridge”. The August 2000 issue of Greg Weaver’s past “Synergizing” column from SoundStage! online magazine.