All in all, the Grado Opus3 is a first-class cartridge that I can heartily recommend to anyone setting up a medium to high-end turntable ensemble or upgrading an existing system.


When it comes to the Opus3, there are a few “firsts”. This is the first cartridge built with a maple wood housing, as well as the first to use what we learned with our high-end cartridges at such an entry-level price. The housing is a new shape but still keeps the wood working in tandem with the cartridge inside. This is also the first cartridge built specifically with the Timbre Series in mind.  


Body: Maple Wood

  • Cantilever: Aluminum / Elliptical Diamond

  • Output:
    High 4.0mV @5 CMV (45)
    Low  1.0mV @5 CMV (45) 

  • Inductance:
    High Output 55mH
    Low Output  6mH

  • Resistance:
    High Output  660 ohms
    Low Output   70 ohms

  • Input Load: 10k-47k ohms

  • Cartridge Weight: 8 grams

  • Tracking Force: 1.6-1.9 grams

  • Compliance: 20μm/mN

  • Channel Separation: Average 30db – 10-30k Hz

  • Controlled Frequency Response: 10-60 kHz

  • Non-Sensitive to Capacitive Load

  • Builds: High Output, Low Output, Mono

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