The Jelco 550S, new to the market in January 2018, is Jelco’s latest in their tradition of making tonearms with exceptional value. Like their previous 750 series arms, this features a universal headshell, easily adjustable VTA, and the ability to add damping fluid. Unlike the 750 series, it features a single counterweight that can account for cartridges in a very wide weight range. Most 550S will be sold with a budget headshell, but I am including at no extra charge the HS-25 magnesium headshell with adjustable azimuth. Like other Jelco arms, this leans on the side of being heavy in mass.
The included custom cable, sourced from the UK, is specifically designed for suspended decks. It features Mogami Mini Starquad Tonearm cable, an angled DIN connector and Starline RCAs. It also has dual grounding. I’ve been using this cable for two years on all of my Jelco arms; it’s an exceptional cable, and it’s included at this price! Most angled DIN tonearm cables made today are too thick/stiff for suspended decks.
No armboard is included.
“9 inch oil damp static balance type with headshell
Simple mechanism is excellent for sound reproduction
the tonearm geometry allows for a Baerwald amendments which is IEC recommended
new type of counterweight equipped to handle 17 to 34 gram cartridge with headshell installed”