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HS-A02 Ceramic Headshell
The second generation of the world's only fully ceramic headshell
HS-A02 Ceramic Headshell
"HS-A02 is simply the best headshell I have used. An essential audio component if you are serious" — Jam Somasundram, Quadratic Audio
HS-A02 Ceramic Headshell
Measurably better Built with rigidity in mind Designed with attention to detail
HS-A02 offers an exceptional improvement in analogue reproduction quality through highest possible rigidity — more than twice of the next best headshell on the market.
Aren't all headshells more or less same?
hs-a02 is Measurably better
Korf Audio did a large-scale study of historic and currently available headshells using our unique set of vibration measurement techniques. You can follow the study and see its results at https://korfaudio.com/blog46
Unique one-piece CONSTRUCTION with reinforcing rib
The advances in ceramic production allowed us to integrate the connector and the headshell into one seamless casting. There's not a single point where the headshell is structurally weakened by a connection or use of lesser materials.
To further increase rigidity, we've created a rib supporting the 90 degree "bend" in the headshell. This rib decreases the effective length of the flat headshell part, and thus moves its resonance frequency up and the deflection down.
In all the other ceramic headshells, rigidity is compromised by the interface between the metal/polymer connector barrel and the ceramic part.
Fits all the tonearms that accept the standard "SME/Ortofon/JIS" type straight headshells.
HS-A02 weighs 13 gram, including wires and fingerlift. If you are worried about the headshell mass and its impact on tracking, please use our Tonearm/Cartridge Matching Calculator. In general, most arm/cartridge combinations work fine with HS-A02.
Note: there are some cartridges that need very light or highly resonant headshells to sound good. Such pickup cartridges would not benefit from using the HS-A02 headshell. To the best of our knowledge, these include JICO Seto Hori moving coil cartridge and all Grado MI cartridges
Attention to detail
Better signal integrity through the use of pure silver litz wiring and custom gold-plated contact pins
More rigid connection to the tonearm thanks to the double locking pin. The clamping load is spread over the entire diameter of the barrel
Beautiful custom-made brass fingerlift, screws and knurled nuts are included
HS-A02 is supplied in foam-padded display packaging
Please note that due to the nature of the ceramic material, slight discolorations and minor shape irregularities are possible. They make each headshell unique and do not constitute a defect.
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What Our Customers Say
Phono playback systems are an essential design tool in our business and the enjoyment of music. To this end it is important that every element of your playback system is optimized.
An often overlooked piece in this chain is the headshell. I have tested and listened to multiple headshells and I can honestly say that the Korf HS-A02 is the finest device of its kind by a wide margin. You might be surprised that something so seemingly insignificant can change the performance of your tone arm dramatically. The design is based on scientific principles and painstaking research, no snake oil here. Korf's research into resonance and vibration has borne fruit and has produced something special.
To sum it up, if you are serious about music reproduction you owe it to yourself to try the HS-A02... put in a few words, elegance, simplicity and purity.
I have a lot of high end headshells and the Korf ceramic headshell is easily one of my most favorite headshells. I bought 4 of them for myself and another 4-6 more for friends. I have about 15 cartridges and mount some of my finest ones on the Korf ceramic headshell. I highly recommend this headshell to those who are audio enthusiasts and want nothing short of the best.
As a long time audiophile I have often wondered about the advantages of different headshells. I knew through experience that the quality of the material and design had an effect on sound quality. I recently purchased the new Technics SL1210GAE and the stock headshell is ok but not great. I also used an Ortofon carbon fiber headshell and it made a nice difference. So I started doing research on what else is available, came across a blog by Alex and followed his developments and tests. I felt his approach to reduce resonance at the most important place — where cartridge attaches to its support — could and should improve the sound.
What I found with his ceramic design was that the headshell just gets out of the way of of the micro movements of the stylus and cantilever allowing for all or music retrieval to be revealed. It really is like removing a layer of cloth over the sound with clearer highs and dynamic bass. The Korf headshell is a component on its own and highly recommended.
If you are outside the EU, we cannot promise that you will or will not have to pay your country's import taxes and duties.
If you aren't satisfied with your HS-A02 headshell for any reason whatsoever we will gladly take it back within 40 days from the date of delivery.
There is no charge for restocking If you return all items in the original packaging. If you are in the EU we will cover the return shipment costs.
1 Year Warranty
We will replace your HS-A02 headshell free of charge if it fails due to manufacturing defects within 1 year from the date of delivery.
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Korf Audio would not exist without free exchange of sincere opinion on the internet. We do not post any promotional content pretending to be a personal opinion on any public forum.
SME/Ortofon/JIS type turntable headshell
Single seamless casting, material: Alumina Ceramic
Pure silver Litz connecting wires
Custom gold-plated contact pins
Custom non-magnetic brass mounting hardware
Double locating pin for extremely secure connection
Weight 13 gram, including wires and fingerlift
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