The SPU Wood A Refurbished technical data

Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. - 0.18 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz  1,5 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz  20 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz  10 dB
Frequency range at -3 dB 20-25.000 Hz
Frequency response - 20-25.000 Hz
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force *)  70 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral - 10 µm/mN
Stylus type - Spherical
Stylus tip radius - R 18 µm

*) Typical value

Tracking force range - 3.0-5.0 g (30-50 mN)
Tracking force, recommended - 4.0 g (40 mN)
Tracking angle - 20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance - 2.5 ohm
Recommended load impedance > 10 ohm
Cartridge body material - Wood
Cartridge color - Dark maroon
Cartridge weight - 31 g

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SPU Wood A tilt left side

SPU Wood A features

A perfect combination of Japanese and Danish craftsmanship and technique, the SPU Wood A is beautiful in finish and form, as well as in its sonic expression.

The SPU Wood A unique characteristics includes an outstanding housing made of Japanese Beech wood, famous for its strength and hardness. For the exclusive surface treatment, the 6000 years old Japanese Urushi lacquer method was chosen in order to achieve a hard, resistant and beautiful multilayer surface in dark maroon colour.

The wooden housing has a strong influence resulting in a very pleasant, open, dynamic, straightforward and present tone range characteristic for the SPU sound.


Review quote:
A distinguished new member of a very fine family
December 2018
By Art Dudley

"...the Ortofon SPU Wood A excelled at conveying instrumental and vocal
colors and textures...
...after break-in it played music with an excellent and altogether natural-sounding sense of flow. That said, the Ortofon’s dynamic, impactful sound was there from the word go.

...Where the SPU (Wood A - red.) reigned supreme was in its ability to communicate nuances of musical performance, and in doing so tease poetry from mere sound...

...The orchestra’s sheer sense of sweep was also greatest with this generally
large-sounding pickup, and the Wood A produced the most physical sounding
timpani taps of any stereo pickup in the house...

...I was impressed by the SPU’s ability to pull me into the performance and never falter in fostering the illusion that I was hearing human hands stopping and bowing those strings, and not a bumpy plastic valley being dragged past a subminiature rock...

...The Wood A’s timbral balance was consistently lovely. Brass had bite, but not too much, and stringed instruments, fretted or bowed, were warm but not excessively so...

The Wood A’s sound was tactile, dynamic, meaty, and colorful, with a great sense of scale. Notwithstanding its spherical stylus, the Wood A strikes me as the most accessible SPU I’ve heard...

... its musical and sonic strengths were enough to satisfy an SPU connoisseur. A distinguished new member of a very fine family."