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Van den Hul Colibri XGW Grand Cru

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£12,000.00 £7,990.00


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Colibri Gran Cru (a special Grand Vintage, you might say) features hand-wound gold wire coils and a solid boron cantilever while the outer shell, or cartridge body, is constructed from a specific wood type which, we’re told, is derived from an Italian musical instrument dating back several hundred years. This last feature, we’d guess, would translate to a targeted set of resonance patterns within the structure leading to pleasing music reproduction. The Colibri Gran Cru incorporates Van den Hul’s renowned VDH-1S stylus type which the company has been using and perfecting since 1973.

The Colibri Grand Cru has a tracking force range of 1.35 to 1.5 grams, however, Van den Hul claims the cartridge is capable of tracking accurately down to a lower 1.25 grams. The output voltage is a “heathy” 0.5mV while the load impedance has been quoted as 120 ohms to 47 kohms.

Company Founder A.J. Van den Hul told SoundStage! Australia, “After making so many models, I needed something to jolt my creative thought process. This was the trigger to think more deeply about cartridge design and the Gran Cru is the result.” Van den Hul went on to say, “As for detail resolution and dynamics, the Gran Cru will have few rivals in my opinion. When I was designing the Gran Cru, I also focused carefully on its space and timing qualities.”

The VDH Colibri ‘Gra Cru’ is the culmination of A.J. van den Hul’s 44 years of phono cartridge research and development. The Colibri Gran Cru (a special Grand Vintage, you might say) features hand-wound gold wire coils and a solid boron cantilever while the outer shell, or cartridge body, is constructed from a specific wood type which is derived from an Italian musical instrument dating back several hundred years. This translates to a targeted set of resonance patterns within the structure leading to pleasing music reproduction. The Colibri Gran Cru incorporates Van den Hul’s renowned VDH-1S stylus type which the company has been using and perfecting since 1973.

Brand: Van den Hul

Model Name/Number: Colibri XGW Grand Cru

Price (RRP): £12000

Choice Hifi Price: £7990

Product Information:

Tracking Force between 1.35 – 1.50 grams

Anti-skating Force between 0.0 – .6 grams

Effective Arm Mass recommended: 10 – 16 grams (Suspension optimization services available.)

Load Impedence: 50 ohms to 47K ohms

Optimal Loading: 50 ohms to 600 ohms

Internal Coil Impedance ~ 12ohms

Age: 6 months

Condition: 10/10

Voltage: N/A

Finish/Colour: See pics

Packaging? Yes

Accessories? Yes

Item Location: In Stock

Status: Second Hand

Dimensions 5708473 cm