Air Tight Opus-1 Ermitage Moving-Coil Cartridge

Though Air Tight’s Atsushi Miura may not be well known to American audiophiles, this modest, gentle, dignified man has come to epitomize the Japanese high end for me. Formerly the head of Lux Audio—Japan’s oldest electronics company—Mr. Miura founded A & M Ltd. (the parent company of Air Tight) in 1986 solely “to contribute something to the development of world audio culture.” At the time, semiconductors were the kings in Japanese electronics; analog had been pronounced dead; home-theater and car stereo were booming, and Mr. Miura’s company, Lux Audio, had been sold to Alpine, where this former bastion of high-end …