Phono Cartridges

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

  1. luckybaer

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    Hey, from a sound signature perspective, are Nagaoka carts generally regarded to be significantly different in sound signature from Audio-Technica MM carts? I like AT, but I'd like to find something else that's different for my collection that allows for stylus replacements. I've read on SHF and other sites that Nagaoka carts lean warmer, while AT carts are neutral/slightly analytical. Would prefer comments from SBAF community.

    I think keeping my V15 Type III clothed in JICO SAS stylii and focusing on A-T carts + Nagaoka might be a way to bring some structure to slowly building and expanding my cartridge collection. They are like what headphones used to be for me!

    Also: best place online to shop for Nagaoka??
     
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    From my understanding and hearing a few recorded samples of needle drops, Nagaoka’s tend to be fuller, richer, and sweeter than the more cutting Ortofon’s and Shure V15 III. So it seems if you want a bit more richness, go for the Nagaoka’s, or more clarity, go for the V15 III.
     
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    AT’s are leaner and brighter, Nags richer and warmer. The MP-500 is the least warm of the Nagaoka lineup and veers closer to neutral.

    As Shane said, CD Japan has the best prices. eBay sellers from Japan can come close in price and may be able to ship sooner if a particular item is on back order at CD Japan.
     

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