JICO Seto Hori image
  • JICO Seto Hori image
  • JICO Seto Hori image
  • JICO Seto Hori image
  • JICO Seto Hori image
  • JICO Seto Hori image
  • JICO Seto Hori image
  • JICO Seto Hori image

JICO Seto Hori

Jico Cartridges

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High Output Moving Coil element (2,0V)

The SETO-HORI MC cartridge is made in the heart of the city of Seto, Japan. This city is famous for its pottery and ceramics. So much, that the generic word for ceramics in Japanese is "Setomono"

For long it was thought that it was impossible to use ceramic for cartridges. Moulding ("Kata-Tor) and firing ("Yaki-ire") are key processes for ceramic ware. However, during the firing process, the ceramic shrinks in size a lot, and this is why it had been said that ceramic is not suitable for the cabinet of cartridges. For two years, the stylus experts of JICO cooperated with a laboratory in Seto and studied the shrinkage together with a pottery. The result is the SETO-HORI, an MC cartridge with a beautifully designed ceramic body, a splendid sound and a truly Japanese philosophy.

The unique pattern of the SETO-HORI cartridge resembles fishing nets of the fishermen in Japan. It follows the philosophy of capturing happiness by capturing beautiful sounds. The detailed pattern imitating the fishing nets is not painted with a brush, but drawn by the mould with a technique called "Hori-Tsuke".

The Setomono ceramic cabinet suppresses excess vibration of the high output voltage MC cartridge.The SETO-HORI cartridge uses a special "micro ridge diamond tip", which has a polyhedral shape. Being a line- contact stylus, its life time is at least three times longer compared to ordinary conical or elliptical shaped styli. The cantilever is made of Boron which has low mass and great stiffness. These characteristics allow the tip to trace the groove more accurately and reproduce low, mid-range and high-frequencies with true fidelity.

The cartridge body is mounted on a base made of natural walnut tree wood and is processed near Hamamatsu, the city famous for its world- class musical instrument factories. Combining traditional Japanese ceramic and natural wood gives an additional charm to the sound. The SETO-HORI MC cartridge is purely hand-made in Japan.

All cartridges are shipped with 100% shipping inspection and sound check.


Data sheet

Output voltage
Frequency response
Channel separation
Output balance
Less than 1.5dB/1kHz
Stylus force
Output impedance
Stylus shape
Micro Ridge
Product net weight
Shielding case
Ceramic ware from Seto and walnut tree wood