Shelter

Shelter has been manufacturing high-end phono cartridges since 1986. Shelter cartridges bring together advanced materials and technology with the very best traditional manufacturing techniques. 

Each Shelter cartridge is handmade by skilled craftmen in Shelter’s workshop northeast of Tokyo. Uniquely, every one is inspected and quality assured by Yasuo Ozawa himself, the designer and founder of Shelter.

Widely regarded as some of the finest in the world, their cartridges are famous for their superb accuracy coupled with an inherent musicality, precisely reproducing the sense of a live performance.

Yasuo Ozawa was born in Tokyo and was fascinated from boyhood by the timbre of music instruments. From an early age, he started designing audio products exploring high fidelity sound reproduction. In his teens, he designed many tube amplifiers, and majored in electrical engineering at the university, originally intending to be an amplifier designer. Along the way, though, he discovered the allure of the analogue pickup: the source component which translates the grooves in vinyl to a tiny electrical signal. The rest is history.

Harmony cartridge

Shelter’s flagship model, the Harmony MC phono cartridge employs dry carbon fibre (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 astounding and capable of delivering a great musical reproduction with an extraordinary ability not only on pristine vinyl but also when reading older and more worn records.

  • Output voltage: 0.5mV
  • Stylus tip: 40 x 8µm line-contact
  • Impedance: 15 ohm
  • Weight: 8.5 gram
  • Tracking force: 1.4 to 2.2 gram

Accord cartridge

The Accord MC phono cartridge is a magnificent composite of intricately layered, ultra-dense, dry-carbon fibre and titanium. The body is light, strong, and incredibly rigid and possesses outstanding internal damping qualities that make it an ideal mounting platform for the cartridge’s motor mechanism. The result is a phono cartridge of remarkable character, warmth, quietness, and sonic integrity for its cost and performance.

  • Output voltage: 0.5mV
  • Stylus tip: 8 x 18µm elliptical solid diamond
  • Impedance: 15 ohm
  • Weight: 10.0 gram
  • Tracking force: 1.4 to 2.2 gram

Model 9000 cartridge

The Model 9000 is Shelter’s finest MC phono cartridge in their Legendary range. It provides high output voltage of 0.65mV with superior bandwidth and is perfectly balanced across the frequency spectrum. Shelter 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.

  • Output voltage: 0.65mV
  • Stylus tip: 8 x 18µm elliptical
  • Impedance: 10 ohm
  • Weight: 11 gram
  • Tracking force: 1.4 to 2.0 gram

Model 7000 cartridge

The Model 7000 MC phono cartridge has an output voltage of 0.55mV. This is slightly lower than the Model 9000 but it is fully capable of reproducing all of the subtlety and nuance of your favourite recordings. Incredibly detailed and ultra-smooth, the 7000 is capable of recreating the emotion and excitement of the most demanding recordings.

  • Output voltage: 0.55mV
  • Stylus tip: 8 x 18µm elliptical
  • Impedance: 9 ohm
  • Weight: 11 gram
  • Tracking force: 1.4 to 2.0 gram

Model 5000 cartridge

The Model 5000 MC phono cartridge uses a different bobbin and wire than the 9000 and 7000. The front yoke and body shell use a slightly less sophisticated design but the sound quality is outstanding. This cartridge is perfectly balanced and develops a natural, smooth and pleasing experience.

  • Output voltage: 0.5mV
  • Stylus tip: 8 x 18µm elliptical
  • Impedance: 14 ohm
  • Weight: 11 gram
  • Tracking force: 1.4 to 2.0 gram

Model 901 III cartridge

The 901III MC phono cartridge uses hard aluminium 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 analogue playback sound from the moment when the stylus chip falls into the groove.

  • Output voltage: 0.5mV
  • Stylus tip: 40 x 8µm line-contact
  • Impedance: 15 ohm
  • Weight: 9.1 gram
  • Tracking force: 1.4 to 2.2 gram
     

 

Model 501 III cartridge

The Model 501 III MC phono cartridge 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 aluminium clad boron cantilever and elliptical diamond stylus tip. The expressiveness, power and energy fare superbly balanced to highest level.

  • Output voltage: 0.5mV
  • Stylus tip: 8 x 18µm elliptical
  • Impedance: 14 ohm
  • Weight: 8.1 gram
  • Tracking force: 1.4 to 2 gram

 

Model 301 II cartridge

The 301 II MC phono cartridge has an aluminium cantilever and conical stylus tip. The stylus tip is a moderate size of 0.65mil. It is a great choice for traditional analogue reproductions as well as with legacy albums of your favourite performers.

  • Output voltage: 0.4mV
  • Stylus tip: 16µm conical
  • Impedance: 11 ohm
  • Weight: 8.1 gram
  • Tracking force: 1.5 to 2.2 gram

Model 201 cartridge

The Model 201 MM (moving magnet) phono cartridge is designed for excellent performance at an affordable price. The weight and output are matched for a wide selection of tone arms and tables. Unlike many MM cartridges, there is no “peak” so it is a pleasing and robust performer.

  • Output voltage: 4mV
  • Stylus tip: 8 x 18µm elliptical bonded diamond
  • Load impedance: less than 50K ohm
  • Weight: 6.2 gram
  • Tracking force: 1.5 to 2.0 gram

Model 1011/1011L headshell

The Model 1011 series head-shell uses choice aluminum (6063) that has high degree of internal loss and less ringing. It is separated, finger hook type. The finger hook provides M2.6 x 2 screw holes and 2 through holes for of total 4 installation holes. It has a threaded screw hole that allows you to utilize various cartridges without the need for a nut. It includes 6 kinds screw of M2.6 x 6, 8, 10, 12, 15 and 18 with M2.6 nuts. The weight of 1011 is 11 gram and 1011L is 9.3 gram (with shell lead and finger hook).

Model 511 II transformer

The Model 411 II is a 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.

The Model 411II is a modified version of Model 411 and it has 32dB of step-up ratio of approximately 40 times.

  • Input impedance: less than 15 ohm (tolerance 25 ohm)
  • Step-up ratio: 32dB
  • Output impedance: 47K to 50K ohms
  • Dimensions: 142W x 66H x 106D (mm)
  • Weight: about 1Kg