The manufacturer of the highly acclaimed Etsuro Urushi cartridges has just released the matching MC step up transformer in beautiful traditional Urushi finish…

“Excel Sound has produced this transformer with similar concept as the Etsuro Urushi cartridges, by applying techniques of the Japanese traditional craft, the “urushi” lacquering. By applying urushi, we have achieved to create an artistic product with the sense of Japanese art created by the craftsmen of Urushi Sakamoto ( , who has over 100years of experience in the urushi process. The “urushi” not only creates the artistic design, but also gives rigidity to the transformer itself.

This transformer has been created in the extension of the Etsuro urushi bordeaux/cobalt cartridges and is in the position to further extract the performance of them. 
Excel Sound MC-Step Up Transformer (ET-U50) Specification
Frequency Response: 10Hz ~150KHz
Step-Up Ratio: 26dB
Compatible cartridge impeadance: 2 – 10Ω
Recommended Load Impeadance: 47KΩ
Channel Balance: <0 .5db="" i="">
Dimensions: 95(W) x 85(H) x 135(D) mm
Weight: 530g
Product Characteristics
The core part of the transformer is installed with “EX Type” 78% permalloy core having superb inductance property, achieving to create a wide performance range. Likewise, the shield case chose to use the same material in order to aim for the decrease in the noise components. “Damping material, Sorbothane” carrying high vibration absorbing characteristics located on the transformer support, effectively works to improve the distortions of the sound.
The outer base and aluminum housing applied by the Japanese traditional craft “URUSHI 漆” lacquering presents a beautiful shine and texture art, which also contributes to the overall rigidity. Each piece is hand lacquered by the traditional craftsmen creating an artistic work of art.