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Good read. Thanks. MC designed by Grado and Grado sells MM Hmmmmm. So many to choose from. charles
I could be mistaken but I don't think Grado makes MC carts.Ric
Actually, to be a little pedantic, Grado makes Moving Iron carts, not Moving Magnet.... Same with B&O / Soundsmith.
one cartridge i think that can compete with MCs is the nagaoka m500. boron cantilever and from what i hear, dynamics as fas as MCs. i will admit that i haven't actually heard one but a yt from ian on hivynil reviewing the mp150 gives me that impression. if i didn't have a good supply of cartridges on hand, i would be buying one.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhSFP0PJCE4
Does anyone have an off the beaten path explanation why MC carts are so much more expensive than MM carts? I get theyare more, but the difference pricing is a really wide gap.
Anyway, if you going to go with high output MC make sure you have a way to change the resistors for the right loading for you particular HO MC cart. For me it is not a problem since I'm a DIYer, I just have to popped open my Audio Note M1 Pre and change the loading resistors in the phono stage. But I believe there are loading plugs that you can buy to change the loading without opening your preamp I think. Buddy
Hey! Pretty good article especially for someone new to vinyl playback. To my knowledge MC cost more to make, with the precision coil winding and etc. And of course MC carts tend to come with better finer stylus also. I have a bit of a compromise in my system. Right now I have high output MC cart, Benz Micro ACE HO. Yes, I started out with MM, this was back in the early '90s with one of the cheapest Ortofon and later on I got Grado black if I remember. Than I jump to high output MC cart with Sumiko Blue Point and than Blue Point Special EVO III. OK, I've never compared MM and MC at the same price point. But I can tell you that I don't think I will go back to MM anytime soon. The MC to me have more detail, speed, and airiness to the sound. Can be good or bad depend on your system. Keep in my that I'm using all tubed, SET amps and Single Driver speaker. It is easy to use high output MC cart in your existing MM phono stage because of the high output from the cart around 2.5mV or so. There's one problem that I think can be a bit tricky. All MM phono stages are loaded with 47K ohm which is fine for MM carts but with MC you will need to load it down. Benz Micro recommend 1K loading with my cart and I loaded mine at 1K or was it 1.2K I don't remembered. So, I find it strange that Sumiko recommend 47K for their high output MC. Maybe this was why I seems to always felt their Blue Point Special EVOIII can sound a bit splashy and tilted up at the top back than if my memory served me right. Anyway, if you going to go with high output MC make sure you have a way to change the resistors for the right loading for you particular HO MC cart. For me it is not a problem since I'm a DIYer, I just have to popped open my Audio Note M1 Pre and change the loading resistors in the phono stage. But I believe there are loading plugs that you can buy to change the loading without opening your preamp I think. Buddy
One of the issues with stepping up to more expensive MC cartridges and getting all they can offer is that you probably also have to upgrade your phono stage, and possibly get a step up device too. That's even more $$$ out of pocket, but essential if you want to hear what those cartridges over $1K can offer, let alone those over $3K.
Soundsmith has some excellent info on their web site.Their cartridges which are mi are excellent sounding and very reasonable to have retipped.
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