Phono Cartridges

Discussion in 'Vinyl Nutjob World: Turntable and Related Gear' started by JK47, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. shotgunshane

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    Hmm, according to FR measurements I’ve found, it looks like many carts across most manufacturers have the rising middle/upper treble thing going on.

    I’ve been reading on the AT33Sa:
    30db of channel separation, Shibata stylus, Boron cantilever
    It looks like the MC section of my Nakamichi TA-4A can handle it. The few random FR measurements look pretty good and price is current $749 at AT direct. And they supposedly have a trade in program when it wears out?

    The other, an MM, currently on my list is the Nagaoka MP-500. Current prices are steep though. Didn’t this cost a couple of hundred less a couple of years ago?

    The Van den Hul I was interested in, the DDT2 Special may not work on the Nak, since it specifies 200 ohm load impedance (Nak only has 100 ohm). A SUT or new phone pre is not possible right now.
     
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    @shotgunshane My advice is to check out the Soundsmith lineup.

    I had the MIMC Star on my Technics and thought it was a decent match. Those go for $900-$1K used. Retip price is cheap too. I would watch out for heavier carts on the Technics arms although it can be done. I personally would recommend for you to check out SMMC1. It should be a great match for Technics arm since it is light weight. It is a crazy value for $1K. https://www.sound-smith.com/cartridges/bo/smmc1

     
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    I got a DDT2 Special for a very good price and I really like it. I use it at 160 Ohms but there are people who run it @ 50 Ohms. The guy who mounted the vdH on a head shell for me measured it. It has a channel separation of 31 dB. I think the three lower vdH are basically different selections. I am very happy with it. I chose for being able to run it at a force of 1.2 g only. Most modern cartridges need 1.5 to 2 g. My spinner maxes out at 1.5 g. That is the disadvantage of a spinner from the time when arms were very light.
    Value for money wise it will be hard to beat the AT. I prefer the possibility of a retip to a trade in but that is my preference. I admit the chance to get a cartridge from a famous master who probably will not make that many cartridges played a part in my decision. Moreover I cannot adjust the height of the arm and the vdH fits perfectly.
     

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