Tagged With "cartridge"

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Superline specs clarification

Enik-yonik ·
When stated that the Superline is suitable for a range of cartridges outputting up to 0.5 mV, do you mean at 5 cm/sec., 3.54 cm/sec., 5.7 cm/sec. or still another velocity? This is a very important consideration, when chosing a cartridge with proper...
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Need new MC Cartridge

dazza ·
just bought som new record and had my ortofon mc Vivo blue fall apart on me, need to replace it asap any recommendations on what to replace it with?
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gary yeowell ·
I'm using a Goldring Eroica low output coil here and impressed for the money! One for the list.
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Christopher_M ·
Dynavector 20x2 Low if your want a good MC at real world money. (All relative). C.
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steveb ·
If you like Ortofon why not try the Quintet series of MC cartridges, i have the quintet Blue and really pleased with it Steve
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Bob Edwards ·
An AT OC9 would match well and is, as noted elsewhere on the forum, a brilliant and affordable cartridge.
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The Strat (Fender) ·
Purely on personal experience another vote for Dynavector.
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dazza ·
Had word with my local dealer/friend who has lent me a new dynavector 20x2l and said i can keep it for a month and if i like it can have it half price, will set it up tonight not sure what to expect as never heard any dynavector carts.
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Hmack ·
I am another happy owner. I have a Michell Orbe with a Michell Tecnoarm (a re-worked RB300), so my set-up should be sonically similar to your own, and to my ears it's a great match. The key thing for me is that as MC cartridges go, it is relatively affordable. I am sure there are many better cartridges out there (from Dynavector and others), but the 20X2 is for me an ideal price point in relation to the amount of time I spend listening to vinyl. Hope you enjoy it, and at half-price it will...
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dazza ·
Well when he says half price I think what he means is "I've made enough money from you over the past few years and can afford to do a good deal as you've basically already paid for it"
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dazza ·
well after setting up Dynavector 20x2l which was nice and easy i managed to convince my other half to spend the weekend with her friends (not so easy) I have spent pretty much the whole weekend listening music I don't have a huge amount of experience with carts maybe listened to 20-30 at most I have to say this thing sounds amazing wider sound stage and better bass control and just makes things sound thwt much more alive. So I feel that my Vivo blue falling apart was one of those happy'ish...
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Hmack ·
Glad you like it.
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Marksnaim ·
Dazza,I don't have experience of the 20x2l but one thing I can say is that if it helps you reconnect with your music then it's done it's job. I love my DV cart and don't intend changing any time soon. enjoy��
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which cartridge for Stageline N

pinchhitter ·
My Dynavector 10x5 cartridge is ending it's lifecycle. A pity, because I like it very much. But I don't like the enormous price rise of this product (doubled in 3 years time). I would like to stay in the price range of 300-350 euro's. So what is a good replacement for the Dynavector? Denon, Ortofon, Grado? I have a Thorens TD 160, Stageline N en NaimUniti2. Thanks in advance for your advice!
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Tony2011 ·
https://forums.naimaudio.com/to...-cartridge-under-300
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Koetsu Cartridges

StuSaff ·
Good afternoon all. I am looking to replace my 3 year old Cadenza black cartridge, and was wondering if anyone could shed some light on a possible replacement (My set-up is in my profile). I'm looking to spend probably up to £4K, auditioning cartridges as we all know is "tricky", so i thought a good place to start would be here. Im looking for something with a touch of warmth, mainly listen to pop, rock, not much classical. Koetsu cartridges seem to be well regarded, my question with these...
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PeterE ·
I've been using a Koetsu Urushi with a standard Superline/Supercap for several years now. As far as I am concerned there's no problem in using a Koetsu cartridge with a standard Superline. Top tip - use the 100 ohm impedance plug only; no capacitance plug. Peter
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Clay Bingham ·
+1 for Peter's comment. I use a Rosewood Signature through a standard Superline/HiCap with the same settings, plug and capacitance, Peter has noted. Works great. Clay
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christoph ·
+1 for Peters and Clays comment ; i use a black through a Standard superline with the same settings. Works great too. please note, that koetsus are very sensitive for adjustment. if something is wrong, they sound boring and tired. my dealer did it for me. christoph
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StuSaff ·
Thanks for the replies (and on the superline loading!), I certainly am leaning that way but wanted to get some forum feedback. Do any of you run with the koetsu on SME V arm? No issues with compliance etc?
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Former Member ·
i am a fan of the dynavector XV1S
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PeterE ·
I run my Urushi in an Aro. However when Ken Kessler was raving about the Koetsu Sky Blue in HFN he was using it in a SME V arm. A copy of that review appears on the Absolutes Sounds website in the bit about the Sky Blue. Peter
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varyat ·
I am too..
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Clay Bingham ·
Today I run my Koetsu on my SME 10A but in the past I've used it on my Sota Star Sapphire/SME V. Sounds fabulous either way. No compliance issues in either case.
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HansW ·
I am using a Dynavector XV1S currently. It is very good. It replaced a Koetsu Rosewood Signature which is not inferior in any way and much better at getting the harmonic structure of music right. This is especially evident on voices and acoustic instruments but apparent on other instruments as well. My next cartridge will be a Koetsu. Best regards Hans
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High output cartridge for LP12

Nich ·
Disaster has struck!! It appears my Dynavector DV20XH has a damaged cantilever - cause unknown, but operator error is the prime suspect (oh dear!). Replacement cost, even with trade in discount, may be prohibitive - any suggestions of less costly alternatives I may like? LP12, walnut plinth, circus, Lingo 1, Akito (original), (all Cymbiosis serviced) - Naim 72 MM phono boards/HC/140 (all serviced) into Rega Ela 1.5s.
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Christopher_M ·
Sorry to hear of this. DV 10x5. Too obvious maybe ;-) C.
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Nich ·
No, not at all. It is at the top of my list, but wasn't sure if it still should be? And what the alternatives might be? I'm not up to date with current cartridge choices - when you find something you like, why question it, especially when you've stretched your budget to buy it!! Lots of votes for DV 10x5 will be significant!
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Nich ·
Maybe I can audition different cartridges, but not in my system - it's no longer on the shelves!
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Christopher_M ·
Other cartridges I've heard through a Naim phonostage and liked are the Goldring 1042, Goldring 2400 and Linn Adikt. The latter may require expert fitting into the Akito's headshell though. I say this having seen a post somewhere here (from Peter Swain of Cymbiosis) about it. As for meaningful dems..... Good luck! C.
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Allan Milne ·
What a downer Sounds like accidental damage to me ... I did this to my Linn Krystal and made a successful claim through my home contents insurance; got a replacement funded (except for the excess of course). Might be worth a try, Allan
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stuart.ashen ·
Nich, just noticed your Avatar. Cantilever on the Glyders, Snowdonia? Stu
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ChrisSU ·
If only all cantilevers were that robust!
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sktn77a ·
Why not schedule an appt at Cymbiosis. He has more demo LP12s set up in his store than anyone else in the world!
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pemcg ·
I sold my old Dynavector DV20XH on a well known auction site when I upgraded last year - it still had plenty of life left in it. Might be worth a quick search if you like the sound of the old cartridge and it works well in your system.
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Antonio1 ·
Sorry for your misadventure. With your set-up I wouldn't consider a dynavector, its expensive and not really worth. I d get an AT 440 Mlb which works a treat on your arm and eventually save money on what really makes a difference , I.e. a better sub-chassis. And after that the arm swap.
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Gurbinder ·
I have a Hana EH on mine and it sounds great.
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Antonio1 ·
Hana are very good carts too, balanced, how a good cart should be (try Benz ,for instance). But low-outputs are the ones to have IMHO.
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Nich ·
Thanks for all the great replies! Yes, my avatar is the Cantilever Stone on the Glyders in Snowdonia. I used to spend most of my weekends in North Wales in all weathers and all seasons, aside from occasional forays into Scotland or sometimes even further afield. I hadn't thought of the link to my present post about a damaged cantilever until it was pointed out to me though!! I have contacted my house insurance company and I may be able to make a claim. They have requested I get a report of...
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Nich ·
Very pleased to say my insurance claim was successful an dealt with promptly once I'd got a report from a local dealer - Gulliford Hifi in Exeter were very helpful and straight forward to deal with. The replacement DV20XH was fitted yesterday and I'm very happy with the result. When I retrieved all the packaging for my LP12 out of the loft I found the old Linn K9 that my (s/h) deck came fitted with before I took it for service to Cymbiosis some 9 years ago, sitting in the DV20XH box, and...
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Cartridge to comply with the lovely sounding NA322/4 MM I have

ndx202- ·
Have fitted a Grado RED cart to my AR Turntable/Alphason Opal Arm combo.. The sound is lovely ' but I seem to need to crank the volume on my NAC82 up to around 12 o clock on the pre amp to hit the sweet spot with most recordings some being louder than others. The cart is rated at 4mv .. Is this just a bad match as there are more powerful MM carts out there..?? The Decks VTA ETC is set up ' no issues just lowish sound... The NAP180 and hi cap have been recently serviced ... Any Advice would...
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Richard Dane ·
This sounds normal. A few MM carts are higher in output than your Grado, and some lower - 4mV is around the average. However, we tend to be used to digital sources which have a much higher output than regular line level (2V+ vs. 300-800mV).
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Christopher_M ·
As per Richard, this sounds normal. What is the record deck sitting on?
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ndx202- ·
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Christopher_M ·
Hi Garath, I think you have a nice match with the Grado but I can tell you are troubled by what you perceive as a lack of output. So I am sorry I can't help on that. I know you are an electrical guy. I tend to think more about the mechanical and you have already seen the benefits of pulling the damping out of the AR deck. I would get your suspended sub-chassis deck on a stiff light structure. Ikea Lack at about six quid would do you. C.
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ndx202- ·
Yes I think that perception may be the issue Garath.. I have only had the cartridge in for a few hour and it seems to be getting better as the cartridge beds in..I also recently purchased some 300mm thick Granite Plinths for the Neat Motive speakers..Wow what an upgrade Bass frequencies on Analog and digital completely effortless and the Nac82 is showing what it can do " Just an incredible pre amp " .. Think the next chess move is a Granite Plinth for the very capable AR turntable..That...
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Richard Dane ·
Cartridges can take some hours to properly come on song as suspension beds in, stylus polishes etc..
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ndx202- ·
Thanks Richard. The cart has come on song within the last couple of days after around 10-15 hours use ' very open with an older ELO album that I am listening to currently. Sounded very thin to start with and now sounds as it should and has also increased perceived volume with the bedding in process. The amps potential is now showing as well.. Since putting the Motive 3's on Granite Plinths even streamed music is very organic. "Huge soundstage etc.. Very natural compared to the nac 112x and...
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Richard Dane ·
Good to hear Garath. If all is working well and sounding good then sit back for a bit and enjoy for now. The Alphason Opal was a very decent entry-level arm in its day - certainly a good alternative to the Linn LV-X or Mission 774LC, although it wasn't up to the standard of the Rega RB arms, sounding a bit soft low down by comparison. IIRC it was medium mass so could take a Moving Coil cartridge at a pinch. However, I wouldn't bother - I'd stick with a MM or then move on to a better deck and...
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ndx202- ·
Cheers for the information Richard all the best
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