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10.5 What phono cartridge should I buy for my older turntable?




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This article is from the rec.audio.* FAQ, by with numerous contributions by Bob Neidorff others.

10.5 What phono cartridge should I buy for my older turntable?

The $30 Grado ZTE+1 is a great value for any home user but a
purist. For the purist, there are still many choices, both
moving coil and moving magnet. Each sounds slightly different,
and has its individual strengths. Moving Magnet (MM)
cartridges tend to have higher output than Moving Coil (MC)
cartridges, with exception. Low Output Moving Coil cartridges
require unusual preamplification. Check with a dealer before
buying one. Some candidates:

Sumiko Blue Point $125
Denon DL-160 $125
Shure VST-V $150 (MM, Std Mount)
Audio Technica AT-95E (MM, Std Mount)
Denon DL-100 $85 (MC High Output, Std Mount)
Ortofon MC-10 Super MkI $110 (MC Low Output, Std Mount)

 

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