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sting Top of the range

Our philosophy of focusing on the essence of a product is particularly evident in the sting cartridge. This world-class Moving Coil system dispenses with any kind of body, as is typically the case with cartridges. The reason for this is quite simple: what is not there cannot generate resonances!

Mounting plate instead of body

As the housing-free system body requires a means of fixing it to the headshell of the tonearm, the genuin audio sting is fitted with a special mounting platform. A graphite-fiber combination was chosen as the material for this. This is characterized by a high degree of rigidity, whereby the molecular structure of graphite is also particularly suitable for the effective absorption of resonances.


Resonance minimization

The mounting plate has multiple milled longitudinal and transverse grooves to prevent transmission paths caused by mechanical excitation. In addition, a cover has been integrated at the sensitive part of the connection pins to protect the extremely thin coil wires from accidental contact. For easier headshell installation, the mounting platform has integrated threads for screw mounting (2.5 millimeters).

“After you have heard a cartridge of this calibre, inevitably the question arises why you have lost so much sound potential at the very tip of your playback setup until now?”

Ansgar Hatscher
HiFi Stars in Issue 30-2016

Additional magnet

The basic magnetic circuit of the sting cartridge is supplemented by a particularly strong iron-neodymium magnet, which leads to an additional amplification of the entire magnetic field. This increases the output voltage, while intermodulation distortion is reduced. The use of the additional magnet results in improved audibility and cleaner high-frequency reproduction.

Magnetic vacuum cleaner

Furthermore, the additional magnet acts as a kind of “vacuum cleaner” that attracts all metallic micro-particles. This prevents anything “magnetizable” from settling in the air gap in front of or behind the coil – a process that is inherent to the design of conventional cartridges, which significantly impairs the sound quality and reduces the durability of the cartridge.

Boron cantilever with microridge stylus


The genuin audio sting has always been fitted with a cantilever made of boron. As a very hard material, boron is much stiffer than aluminum. Boron minimizes the influence of the on the signal to be transmitted and is therefore clearly superior to aluminum cantilevers. In addition, the moving mass can be reduced and thus the resonance frequency could be advantageously shifted “upwards”. The sting is equipped with a microridge stylus to achieve particularly precise tracking behavior. The sharp diamond cut is strongly based on the shape of the original cutting stylus used in vinyl production and thus reduces tracking errors to an absolute minimum.

Optimal connection

The sting cartridge harmonizes perfectly with the pearl from genuin audio, but can of course be used with any other high-quality phono preamplifier. Our moving coil system operates best in the range between 500 ohms and 1000 ohms.

Versatility & compatibility

The sting will demonstrate its superior performance on a variety of high-quality tonearms. Naturally, it plays particularly harmoniously on the point tonearm from genuin audio.

Technical specifications

Technical Set-Up Caseless cartridge, mounted on a graphite-fiber compound plate
Operating Principle Moving Coil
Output Voltage 0.45mV at 1kHz and 5.6cm/s horizontal
Channel Balance <1dB
Channel Separation >25 dB
Generator Impedance 14 Ohms plus/minus 20% at 1 kHz, coil material made of 99.9999% pure copper
Compliance 5×10-6 cm/dyne
Tracking Force 2.5p plus/minus 0.3p
Frequency Response 20Hz to 45kHz
Cantilever Boron Tube
Stylus Diamond Microridge
Additional Magnet Large iron-neodymium type for field linearization and intermodulation reduction
Weight 11.1p
Suggested Load Impedance > 100 Ohm, recommended 500 to 1000 Ohm
Tracking Ability With a suitable tonearm (moving dynamic mass between approx. 12 and 20 p):
2.5 p tracking force > 80 μm (Ortofon Test Record)
Special Features
  • Integrated 2.5 mm thread
  • Resonance-reducing, milled longitudinal and transverse grooves
  • Protective device for the soldered wires at the connection pins
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Press comments on the genuin sting


“…this combination excelled with a highly complete readout of what is stored in the groove. It was also great that there was no recognizable inclination towards a certain genre. The Genuin sting is unquestionably worth its price and thus a strong recommendation for discerning music listeners.”

Helmut Rohrwild – HiFi & Records (01-2016)

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