The original Te Kaitora cartridge was the result of collaboration between Dynavector Japan and Dynavector New Zealand. The Te Kaitora allowed analogue enthusiasts to embark on a voyage of discovery to the outer limits of vinyl reproduction.

The improved Te Kaitora Rua continues the journey by incorporating many of the newest features of its Dynavector stable-mates, the XV-1s and XX-2. The Te Kaitora Rua has even managed to improve on the original’s silk-like treble and openness.
Note: Te Kaitora means “The Discoverer” in the language of the NZ Maori people, Rua, is “the second version”.
The wire for the coil has been changed to the PCOCC copper wire from the silver wire. It sounds a much smoother and has a much better musical performance.

A titanium headpiece for maximum ridgity along with a miniature stainless steel bolt coupling the front and rear yokes to the magnetic circuit assembly.

A 6mm long boron cantilever with the Pathfinder (PF) line contact stylus as used with both Dynavector XV-1s and XX-2.
The ingenious square shaped armature and matching square shaped aperture in the front yoke providing much improved linearity in the magnetic flux distribution.


Type low output moving coil cartridge with flux damper and alnico magnet

Output Voltage 0.26mV (at 1KHz, 5cm/sec.)
Channel Separation 30 dB (at 1KHz)
Channel balance 1.0 dB (at 1KHz)
Frequency response 20 – 20,000Hz (± 1dB)
Compliance 10 x 10-6 cm/dyn
Tracking force 1.8 – 2.2 grams
DC resistance R=5 ohms
Recommended load
impedance >30 ohms
Cantilever 6mm length solid boron
Stylus PF Line contact shape, stylus radius: 7 x 30 micron
Weight 9.8 grams


Disc after disc portray the strengths of the Dynavector Te Kaitora Rua. There are no obvious weaknesses and I wonder how much difference the more expensive models could make to justify the BIG price hikes as the range progresses. The TKR tracks securely, sounding secure even when it is about to let go. This is the antithesis of the Decca, which always sounds as if it is about to jump from the groove. Both actually begin to mistrack at the same lateral velocity on 3 test discs used. The TKR, however, maintains its composure much better with vertical modulation, pinched grooves if you imagine, effectively out of phase signals. No doubt this contributes to the solid soundstage illusion as one can consider the two channels recorded as out-of-phase 45° groove walls in another way: lateral modulations are mono music information (just like a mono LP) and vertical modulations are spatial positioning information. The 3 dimensional eliptical stage generated by this cartridge is testament to its vertical tracking and phase accuracy.          READ MORE