Miyajima Shilabe

Product Code: MJC003


ex-vat: £ 2,416.67

Noriyuki Miyajima has been producing extraordinary artisanal cartridges for decades. His designs, which feature an ingenious cross-coil moving coil generator and damping system, produce a full-bodied, supremely musical sound that recalls vintage audio systems, but with the high resolution and articulate frequency extremes of the finest modern cartridges. All Miyajima cartridges are low-compliance, and therefore suitable for high- and medium-mass tonearms, like the Thomas Schick and some of Frank Schröder’s designs.

The Miyajima Shilabe features a nude Shibata stylus, and is a Stereophile Class A recommended component.

Press Reviews

“The Miyajima Shilabe was consistently present, colorful, and downright chunky—that last adjective, I see, being the one that appears most frequently in my listening notes on the subject. All in all, my Shilabe experience was, by far, the closest I’ve heard a “normal” phono cartridge come to sounding like an Ortofon SPU or an EMT OFD. Again excepting the audio world’s very few remaining pickup heads, it was also the closest I’ve heard a stereo cartridge come to delivering the meat, the force, the sheer solidity of mono.” (Art Dudley)

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“The Shilabe is a remarkable cartridge. It seems warm but is simultaneously resolved. There is beautiful deep bass and a strong slightly warm midrange. Noting else can really be added or subtracted. Unless I told you that beside the Air Tight PC-1 Supreme (but that’s another story) the Shilabe is really the best cartridge I’ve ever heard? Or that I liked it extremely much? Or that when we fit a turntable with it we forget about technology and concentrate on the music? Or that it will become a part of my reference system? Well I’m telling you now…”

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Body material
African blackwood
Nude Shibata
Frequency response
20 Hz to 32 kHz
9.7 g
Tracking force
2.5 to 3.2 g, 3.0 g recommended
Internal impedance
16 Ohms
Recommended load
100 Ohms
0.23 mV
About 8×10-6cm/dyne