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Galibier Design - Van den Hul Cartridge on Kuzma
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Kuzma’s most popular family of tonearms is the 4Point series.  We can furnish you with any tonearm in their line.

A special 4Point:

We’re in direct conversations with Franc Kuzma to specify a very special 4Point – the “Hybrid”. 

Contact us for details about the 4Point Hybrid.

As far as the 4Point is concerned, we recommend the the 9″ or the 11″ lengths in most cases, because their effective mass is compatible with a broader range of current cartridges.

Its 14″ sibling (18 gram effective mass) is more suitable to low compliance cartridges.

Contact us for pricing and our recommendations based on your system, and scroll down to view wire and termination options.

Features:

    • Interchangeable headshells which maintain the direct connection from the cartridge pins to the cartridge clips.
    • Azimuth is repeatably fine adjustable via a rack and pinion screw adjustment with laser etched markings.  We comment a bit about it’s ease of use in this blog post.
    • Repeatable VTA adjustment.
    • Multiple wiring & termination options (scroll down for details).

Termination Options:

There are 3 basic termination options for all of the 4Point tonearms.

    1. Single Wire:  This is Kuzma’s terminology for a straight run from the cartridge clips to either RCAs or XLRs.
    2. Single Wire DIN (sometimes referred to as 5-Pin DIN):  This is traditional tonearm termination which requires a 5-Pin DIN compatible tonearm cable (provide your own or ask us about our Wind River Tonearm Interconnect).
    3. Bi-wire:  The output from the arm is routed to a junction box, from which two output options are available:  (a) a straight run to either RCA or XLR plugs (like the single wire option but with an intermediate solder connection), and (b) RCA jacks for connecting a standard RCA terminated interconnect.

Galibier Design - Kuzma DIN Termination
DIN Termination (click to enlarge)
Galibier Design - Kuzma Biwire Termination
Biwire Termination (click to enlarge)

Wiring Options:

The first two wires below are specified by Kuzma and are manufactured in the factory which fabricates Siltech wire.  The standard Crystal Cable Silver/Gold is very good.

    • The “standard”, Crystal Cable Silver/Gold wire.  We’re big fans of this wire.  Very low capacitance which renders subtle dynamics extremely well.
    • Mono-Crystal:  better yet.
    • Cardas Clear: this wire is much less capactive (rolled off) than the stereotypical Cardas interconnect.
    • Kondo Silver: very good wire, but it takes an extremely long time to break in.
    • Nördost V2:  Nödost makes only one wire for internal wiring of tonearms and this is it.  The wire is on the stiff side, and because this, it is available only on the 14″ version.

Everyone has their favorite, and Kuzma decided to accommodate customer preferences.  Contact us for more background.

Connectors:

Standard connectors are as follows (RCAs depending on tonearm model):

    1. RCA termination is either ETI or Furutech CF-126 RCA (depending on tonearm model).
    2. XLR termination is by Neutrik.

Contact us if you are interested in the new, ETI Kryo connectors (both RCA and XLR).

We have a direct link to the factory and can specify any readily available connector for you.

Summary / Recommendations:

Termination:

The standard, Single-Wire termination is the most popular, and the one we recommend because of the unbroken signal path between the cartridge clips and the connection to your phono stage.

Wire

We’re big fans of both of Kuzma’s wires.  If the Kondo silver didn’t have a long break-in period, we’d recommend that as well.

Connectors

We can specify ETI’s new line of Kryo connectors (either RCA or XLR) for any tonearm.

Delivery Times:

The 4Point-9 and 11″ in single-wire  termination with Crystal Cable Silver/Gold are typically available for immediate delivery.   Other combinations typically have a 4 week lead time.

Undocumented 4Point Version

Contact us for details about the 4Point Hybrid.