More than 60 years into its history, Grado has taken a huge developmental leap into moving-iron technology with its new Reference 2 and Statement 2 series. Both lines have certainly done some growing up. The extra space added to these jarrah-wood cartridges is designed to deliver better damping as well as offer more space for the bulked-up generator. The models in the Reference 2 series deliver a powerful 4.8 mV to the MM inputs. And the pick-up cartridges of the Statement 2 series with 1.0 mV output voltage are designed for use with MC preamps. – prices start at €430.