We've ended our last post with a question
"Is it possible to build a headshell that'll be twice as good as the already excellent Orsonic AV-101b?"
Of course it's possible, given an unlimited budget. There are lots of exotic materials and fabrication techniques that aren't used in consumer devices purely because of their cost. A single aerospace-grade part can easily cost $25000 to manufacture, and that is before the profit margin!
But if we stay within the typical price range of a quality headshell, can we significantly improve on Orsonic's measured performance
? Or is it still the state of the art?
There's a mystery headshell on my lab desk that I can't show you yet. But I have done all its measurements and will share them today. You decide whether it really is good enough to be world's best, but among those that we've measured
it is without peers.