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  • Model: Van den Hul BLACK BEAUTY Special-X
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5kg

The BLACK BEAUTY Special-X is a resolution improved version of the GRASSHOPPER IV GLA, which refinements were only possible to be created after having switched to the entirely metal free and extremely revealing The THIRD ® loudspeaker cable in Mr. van den Hul’s audio system.
The BLACK BEAUTY Special-X’s refined body is made of black PolyCarbonate with about the same construction as the GRASSHOPPER IV GLA.
The BLACK BEAUTY Special-X sets new sonic standards in analog reproduction.
Listening impressions are like being in the concert hall with a very precise projection of the instruments, the acoustics and even the conductor in space. The music as a whole sounds extremely realistic and very convincing with a lot of authority, especially in the bass and lower midrange; the high frequencies are very pure and extremely nice structured.

The differences with the GRASSHOPPER IV GLA are:

Improved magnetic layout, -construction and -properties.
A reduced cantilever length.
Due to points 1 and 2 the resolution is higher.
The suspension uses a very special damping rubber.
There is more “space” between the musical instruments and vocals.
The output is reduced from 0.65 mV/ch. to 0.50 mV/ch. by using double layer Matched Crystal Gold coils on a cross-shaped armature, both producing a higher channel separation.

Stylus Shape: VDH - IS
Stylus Radii: 2 x 85 Micron
Frequency Range: 5 - 65.000 Hz
Tracking Force: 12 - 14 mN
see (*3)
Static Compliance: 35 Micron/mN
Tracking Ability at 15mN at 315Hz: 70 Micron
Output Voltage at 1 kHz at 5.7 cm/s eff.: a) see (*4)
b) 1.0 mV RMS
c) 2.0 mV RMS
Channel Unbalance: < 0.5 dB
Channel Separation at 1kHz / 10kHz: a) > 33 / > 28 dB
b) > 32 / > 28 dB
c) > 32 / > 28 dB
Equivalent Stylus Tip Mass: 0.32 Milligram
System Weight: 8.5 Gram
Vertical Tracking Angle : 22 Degrees
Optimum Load Capacitance: see (*2)
Recommended Load Impedance: a) > 500 Ohm
b) 47 kOhm
c) 47 kOhm
Recommended Eff Tone arm Mass: 6 - 10 Gram
Moving Coil Resistance per channel: a) 16 Ohm +/- 10%
b) 41 Ohm +/- 10%
c) 96 Ohm +/- 10%

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