New improved version!
The 901III uses hard aluminum cantilever with
line-contact diamond stylus chip same structure with Harmony. Unlike
models 7000 and 9000, which pursue more information or detail of sound,
901III provides comfort of analog playback sound from the moment when
the stylus chip falls into the groove.
Model 901 III Specifications
Output voltage: 0.5mV
Stylus tip: 1.6 x 0.3mil line-contact
Impedance: 15 ohm
Weight: 9.1 gram
Tracking force: 1.4 to 2.2 gram
"Carries much of the vibrancy of the original 901, while at the same time exhibiting the heightened transparency, transient speed, and dynamic snap of the "thousand series" shelters - a highly appealing combination of virtues... Overall, the 901 Mk II's presentation is full of rich tonal colors and dynamic delicacy and power, while retaining that elusive element of graciousness that enables it to compliment most types of music"
- Chris Martens, The Absolute Sound, Sept. 2010
The Shelter 901 Mk II combines the old style body of
the original 901 (which is smaller and lighter than the massive,
anodized aluminum bodies of Shelter's later models), with a motor
assembly containing all the updates found in the "thousand
series" Shelters. These updates include new front yoke assemblies,
redesigned bobbins, and improved internal wiring along with boron
cantilevers fitted with "nude" elliptical styli.
Ozawa, previously renowned for his Fidelity Research classic designs,
has raised the bar on phono cartridge performance yet again.