Pro-Ject Audio Systems has announced the introduction of the Pick-IT S2 and Pick-IT DS2 cartridges.

The new models have been designed and voiced by Pro-Ject Audio Systems, but benefit further from being made at Ortofon’s cartridge manufacturing facility in Nakskov, Denmark.

Pick-IT DS2

The Pick-IT DS2 (£525.00 SRP) is a new Moving Coil (MC) concept. Aimed squarely at the vinyl listener who owns a mid-to-high-end turntable, it is designed to be both easy to set-up and engaging to listen to. The Pick-IT DS2 makes use of a nude elliptical diamond stylus.

Housed within a polyamide shell, purpose-chosen for its mechanical properties, the Pick-IT DS2 is made using a special Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) manufacturing process that involves using a laser to melt the housing material into a given shape. The end result is a near-resonance-free housing, which is still light.

The DS2 is sold in an attractive wooden box and is supplied with spare bolts and a hex key.

Pick-IT S2

The Pick-IT S2 (£135.00 SRP) makes use of Ortofon’s iconic Concorde cartridge body. Now widely recognised as a DJ cartridge, the Concorde actually began life nearly 40 years ago as a hifi cartridge. The benefit of the Concorde design is that you don’t need a headshell or any complicated alignment process – you just plug it in and adjust the tracking weight to get spinning.

The Pick-IT S2 will work with tonearms that have an SME-style lock-nut for inserting a headshell/cartridge. Pick-IT S2 used elliptical diamond stylus.

The Moving Magnet (MM) generator within the body brings further convenience to the design, as it facilitates a high output (6mV), for easy system-matching, and also allows for easy stylus upgrades. Thanks to the partnership with Ortofon on this design, more sophisticated Ortofon OM Styli, such as the Stylus 20 or Stylus 30 will easily fit the Pick-IT S2.

PICK-IT DS2 SRP £525.00  /  PICK-IT S2 SRP £135.00

The Pick-IT DS2 and Pick-IT S2 are available in the UK now.                                                                                                                                                                            

Technical Information

Pick-IT DS2


Product Type: Moving Coil Cartridge
Needle Type: Nude Elliptical
Weight: 9 g
Stylus Tip Radius: 8 / 18µm
Frequency Response: 20 – 24,000Hz
Output Voltage: 0.5mV
Channel Separation: 25dB @ 1kHz
Compliance Dynamic / Lateral: 14µm / 14mN
Tracking Force Range: 2.0 – 2.5g
Recommended Tracking Force: 2.2g
Tracking Angle: 20°
Spool Material: Pure 4N Cu
Recommended Load Resistance:


Pick-IT S2

Product Type: Concorde Moving Magnet Cartridge

Needle Type:                                                   Elliptical

Weight:                                                             18.5g

Stylus Tip Radius:                                           13 / 25µm

Frequency Response:                                    20 – 22,000Hz

Output Voltage:                                             6mV

Channel Separation:                                      24dB @ 1kHz

Compliance Dynamic/Lateral:                    7µm / 7mN

Tracking Force Range:                                  2.0 – 5.0g

Recommended Tracking Force:                  3.0g

Tracking Angle:                                               20°

Internal Inductance:                                      450mH

Recommended Load Resistance:               47kΩ

Recommended Load Capacitance:            200 – 600pF

Replacement Stylus:                                     Pick-IT S2 Stylus (£75.00 SRP)

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