The ZYX brand was founded in 1986 by innovative engineer Mr Hisayoshi Nakatsuka.

Mr Nakatsuka of ZYX is the President and chief engineer, or maybe we should say the chief engineer and the President of ZYX. He was born in the Nagano prefecture in Japan. He has a long experience of audio equipment going back to a very early age. After graduating from university, he worked in the development department of ‘Trio’ (Kenwood) and during this time has developed the worlds first ‘optical cartridge’, then he went to Ortofon in Denmark and developed a signature model MC-20. In 1976 he was employed by Namiki Precision Jewel company, where he managed the OEM cartridge business for several manufacturers. Since 1986 he became independent as ZYX under the support of Namiki Precision Jewel Company. With all of the experience gained during his career, Hisayoshi Nakatsuka’s work has led to the approval of 15 design patents. All this knowledge and know-how have been poured into the ZYX product range.

The origin of the name ZYX has been created by using the analogue three-dimensional elements – Time (Z) Amplitude (Y) and frequency (X). Therefore, all ZYX cartridges are equipped with the original real-sound power generation system where time-axis distortion is cancelled by the use of several patented technologies. These are also incorporated with the latest technology such as micro ridge stylus and boron cantilever and besides carbon cantilever.

ZYX cartridges have been in the USA, Japan, Germany and the UK, where analogue is most prominent in audio systems. ZYX has been awarded several times “cartridge of the year” by several hi-fi magazines and is also rated CLASS–A by the prestigious magazine STEREOPHILE USA.

  • R50 Bloom 3

    Special Rigid Black Aluminum Cantilever Normally the sound of aluminium is very natural, but cannot follow to high frequency perfectly. In order to achieve both its characteristic natural sound and the wide range reproduction, the R50 Bloom 3 has a ... Read More

  • Ultimate 100

    World First C-1000 Carbon Cantilever in Moving Coil Cartridge The ZYX Ultimate series (100, Airy, 4D, OMEGA and DYNAMIC) use a carbon cantilever for the very first time in a moving coil cartridge. The carbon rod is made from 1000 ... Read More

  • Ultimate Airy

    World First C-1000 Carbon Cantilever in Moving Coil Cartridge The ZYX Ultimate series (100, Airy, 4D, OMEGA and DYNAMIC) use a carbon cantilever for the very first time in a moving coil cartridge. The carbon rod is made from 1000 ... Read More

  • Ultimate 4D

    World First C-1000 Carbon Cantilever in Moving Coil Cartridge The ZYX Ultimate series (100, Airy, 4D, OMEGA and DYNAMIC) use a carbon cantilever for the very first time in a moving coil cartridge. The carbon rod is made from 1000 ... Read More

  • Ultimate Omega

    Lapis lazuli Balancing Weight An aspherical object fixed to the front nose of the cartridge is a balancing weight to accord the sweet spot of the cartridge body and the gravity point of the vibration system. Having checked up materials ... Read More

  • Ultimate Dynamic

    Dynamic Cartridge We at ZYX have designed many cartridges in our history. However, the Ultimate DYNAMIC design is the first model which incorporates a magnetic circuit that is very different from previous models. As the coil bobbin is a non-magnetic ... Read More

  • Ultimate Diamond

    Diamond Cantilever The Ultimate DIAMOND utilizes a State-of-the-Art cantilever design using a square diamond rod (□0.22mm). This creates a cantilever of low mass, the highest rigidity and superior dampening that allows the DIAMOND to track and respond to the most ... Read More

  • Ultimate Astro

    New generator system ASTRO has succeeded in completing the generator system that does not give any disturbance to the generator coils by applying special processing to all the parts that make up the magnetic circuit for the first time in ... Read More

  • R50 Bloom Mono

    Stylus Our styli used in all type of MONO have the edges of the diamond shank set parallel to the sides of the cantilever. Using this type of stylus, the hardest axis of the crystal is aligned to act as ... Read More

  • R100 Mono

    Stylus Our styli used in all type of MONO have the edges of the diamond shank set parallel to the sides of the cantilever. Using this type of stylus, the hardest axis of the crystal is aligned to act as ... Read More

  • R1000 Airy 3 Mono

    Stylus Our styli used in all type of MONO have the edges of the diamond shank set parallel to the sides of the cantilever. Using this type of stylus, the hardest axis of the crystal is aligned to act as ... Read More

  • Live 18 Headshell

    Lightweight, highly rigid, and non-resonant structure LIVE18 is precisely machine-tooled one by one out of an aluminium block with precise and even molecular arrangement remained unchanged. Only the parts where it is necessary is thickened, resulting in high rigidity and ... Read More

  • UP-1 Lambda Stylus Polisher

    How To Use 〇Place the tone-arm on the armrest. 〇Hold UP-1 so that the cleaning/brush face is on top. 〇Hold the switch 3-1 or 3-2 of this UP-1 and vibrate the cleaning brush 2 and lightly press it from under ... Read More