Shelter has been manufacturing high-end phono cartridges as a specialized analog audio manufacture by traditional manufacturing technique since the company was established in 1986. All Shelter MC phono cartridges are hand-made at a workshop in Japan by adept craftsmanship, then they are all inspected and quality assured by Yasuo Ozawa himself, the designer and founder of Shelter. The brand name of Shelter is designated with hoping that the world analog record lover who aims the summit of music playback can trust the brand and becomes a dependent on a place (shelter) of analog audio occasionally.
Shelter’s flagship model, the Harmony, employs dry carbon fiber (CFRP) for the body shell. CFRP delivers a superb acoustic characteristic and is an ideal match with the newly designed motor assembly. This combination is capable of delivering a great musical reproduction even on records with less than optimal recordings.
The Accord MC phono cartridge is a magnificent composite of intricately layered, ultra-dense, dry-carbon fiber and titanium. The dry-carbon fiber has a remarkable 60 ton compression ratio of hardness and is precision CNC machined. This forms the mounting base plate and attached to it is a CNC machined titanium housing creating a unique marriage of materials.
The Model 9000 is our finest cartridge to date. It provides high output voltage of 0.65mV with superior bandwidth and is perfectly balanced across the frequency spectrum. We have achieved a level of performance that is incredibly quiet while reproducing extraordinary levels of musical information. Although the science is state of the art, the 9000 is sonically solid, full and classic and is perfect with all musical tastes.
The Model 7000 output voltage of 0.55mV is slightly lower than the Model 9000 but it is fully capable of reproducing all of the subtlety and nuance of your favorite recordings. Incredibly detailed and ultra smooth, the 7000 is capable of recreating the emotion and excitement of the most demanding recordings.
The 901 III uses hard aluminum cantilever with line-contact diamond stylus chip same structure with Harmony. Unlike models 7000 and 9000, which pursue more information or detail of sound, 901III provides comfort of analog playback sound from the moment when the stylus chip falls into the groove.
The Model 501 III is latest development of 501 series. Through continued refinement the 501 III is equally responsive with the most recent recordings or any of your most cherished albums. The 501 III has the combination of aluminum clad boron cantilever and elliptical diamond stylus tip. The expressiveness, power and energy fare superbly balanced to highest level.
The Model 411 II is mono-functional stereo MC transformer to match with MC cartridges with internal impedance (DCR) of less than 15 ohm. The impedance tolerance is 25 ohms. The transformer is a toroidal design that applies the toroidal winding to 0.05mm thickness of supermalloy, layered ring-core. The core volume has an external diameter of 25mm, internal diameter of 16mm and height of 10mm. The termination of the wire is directly connected to in/out terminal. Therefore, the high efficiency of toroidal transformer realizes extremely low loss structure. It delivers the signal from the cartridge without coloration to the phono- terminal directly. Model 411II is a modified version of Model 411 and it has 32dB of step-up ratio of approximately 40 times.