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.
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.
What Makes Our Headshell Different?
The World's Only Fully Ceramic Headshell
It's a single piece of alumina ceramic:

  • Light and incredibly strong
  • As rigid as steel at less than half the weight
  • The headshell and the connector are one seamless casting
  • No internal breaks or lesser materials
  • Unique supporting rib minimizes resonances

Advanced materials and construction make the headshell "disappear" sonically. You will hear what your cartridge and tonearm are really capable of!
Based on a Large Scale Study
We studied dozens of headshells to see what separates the best from the rest:

  • Quality headshells have high bending resistance. They are very stiff in bending and in torsion, showing low deflection
  • Quality headshells have low energy storage. They "ring" only for a short time, and have only one or two clearly defined own frequencies

We built our headshell 2-3 times as strong as the next best headshell we measured. While keeping the energy storage as low as the best headshells out there.
No Detail is Ever Insignificant
  • Pure silver litz wiring
  • Custom gold-plated contact pins
  • Double locking pin for a more rigid connection to the tonearm. The clamping load is spread over the entire diameter of the barrel
  • Beautiful custom-made brass fingerlift, screws and knurled nuts are included
  • Fully compatible. Fits all the tonearms that accept the standard "SME/Ortofon/JIS" type straight headshells
  • Supplied in foam-padded display packaging
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.
Jam Somasundram, Quadratic Audio
Your headshell is still the best I have heard!
Victor Peh, Aural Designs
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.
Tim Connor, KitsuneHiFi.com
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.
Jerry Snead, Maryland, USA
HS-A02 Specifications
Fits all the tonearms that accept the standard "SME/Ortofon/JIS" type straight headshells. If you are worried about the headshell mass and its impact on tracking, please use our Tonearm/Cartridge Matching Calculator. Most arm/cartridge combinations work fine with HS-A02.
  • 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

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
Terms and Conditions
  • Shipping
    We will ship your purchase worldwide from Klosterneuburg, Austria. Shipping and handling is at cost.

    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.
  • Returns
    If you aren't satisfied with your purchase 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 anything you bought from us free of charge if it fails due to manufacturing defects within 1 year from the date of delivery.
  • Safe and Secure
    We will keep your data as secure as we can and will not do anything with it without first getting a permission from you. If you don't want us to store your data any more (for example, your email address), just let us know and we will delete it straight away.

    We would never sell your details to any marketer. Period, no exceptions.
  • Quality Engineering
    We only offer things that we have designed ourselves, and that are manufactured to our specifications under our control.

    We do not re-badge someone else's products to sell them as our own.
  • Real People, Real Opinion
    All product endorsements you see on our site and in our advertising are from real people who enjoy their Korf Audio products.

    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.

Photos: Ákos Burg, www.akosburg.com, Korf Audio