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DV 10X5


The 10X5 is the latest in a long, distinguished line which started in 1978 with the original 10X, which went on to win two awards shortly afterwards. The current model would still be recognisable to owners of the original, with its distinctive red body colour and long cantilever!

Technology has moved on, though, and the 10X5 has the latest improvements in the magnetic circuit and a high strength Neodymium magnet. The mounting block is now aluminium and features threaded holes for ease of attachment.

Still featured is the high output (for an MC) of 2.5mV, making it suitable to feed a standard moving magnet phono stage.

More info is available at Dynavector Japan's site:

10X5 page at Dynavector Japan

DV 20X2


The 20X2, another recent version of a long standing model, has a solid aluminium alloy body, a micro ridge stylus, and also features Dynavector's latest developments in magnetic circuit design coupled with Neodymium magnets. Unusually, it is available in high output and low output versions (suffix H or L) for the same price, making it suitable for a wide variety of phono stages. The high output version delivers a healthy 2.8mV into 47kOhms.

More info is available at Dynavector Japan's site:

20X2 page at Dynavector Japan

DV 17D3 "Karat"


The 17D has been around for time immemorial. Well, at least it seems like it, probably 25 years is more accurate. As the "Karat" title would suggest, this is no normal cartridge - the cantilever is very short and made from solid diamond with a nude micro ridge stylus attached. It's also built using Dynavector's "Dispersion Theory", but you'll have to follow the link to Dynavector's site to learn more about this. To me, it sounds like something from Particle Physics! This is a low output MC, at 0.3mV.

Link to Dynavector's 17D3 page:

Dynavector's 17D3 page

DV XX2 Mk2

XX2 Mk2

When the original XX-1 first appeared, it was revolutionary in having a miniature switch on the front of the body to enable or disable Dynavector's then new "Flux Damper" magnetic circuit, presumably to prove to you and your friends that the principle worked! I believe it still stands as the only pickup ever to have been produced with a switch on it, though someone will likely prove me wrong.

Anyway, that's irrelevant now, as XX2s, along with most Dynavectors, incorporate their flux damping scheme as part of the design, along with a load of other Dynavector features, a Boron cantilever and a nude "Pathfinder" line contact stylus. There's no point in me going on when they can explain everything better, and in decent English too!

Dynavector Japan's XX2 page:

Dynavector's XX2 page

Te Kaitora Rua

Te Kaitora Rua

The original Te Kaitora was a collaboration between Dynavector Japan and Dynavector New Zealand. The TK bit means "The Discoverer" and the Rua bit means "Second Version".

Now we've got that over with, the TKR is, unusually for Dynavector, a "naked" cartridge. I've always felt, at least where cartridges are concerned, that "no body" is the best body possible, provided you accept the increase in fragility!

Improvements over the original include going from coils wound with silver wire to PCOCC copper wire coils, an unusual step, improvements to the geometry of the magnetic circuit, a titanium headblock, and a boron cantilever with Pathfinder stylus.

More details and specs on Dynavector Japan's own page:

Te Kaitora Rua page at Dynavector



The DRT XV range (1s, 1s mono, and 1t) are Dynavector's flagship pickups, with many unique features.

Please visit their respective pages at Dynavector Japan's site:

Dynavector DRT XV 1sDynavector DRT XV 1s monoDynavector DRT XV 1t