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Topic: cartridge advice + any comments
Posted By: Vinyl Reader
Subject: cartridge advice + any comments
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2023 at 10:26pm
Hi SmileCartridge recommendations please and why …fairly obviously I  guess .My max budget is 400€ but realistically so I can buy one before next year:250€.  TT: systemdek IIX RB250 michel technoweight & VTA, rubber & cork mat,GS gramp amp2 comm stage, origin live dcmotor+ ultra speed control. Nait 5i amp Monitir Audio Gold GS10 speakers. currently got an AT95e cartridge which I think is letting the side but I thought I would get other things fixed first ( rumbling motor,fluffy mat too much flutter no wow about it and an unadjustable tonearm) TT is wall mounted. Any and all comments welcome and appreciated. I don’t like background, splashy treble, I listen to various musical genres jazz,world, rock, blues and classical. Typical newbie  !!    . Take the piss if you want Wink but share your expereince🙏experience please . Much appreciated 🙏

Posted By: Chris Firth
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2023 at 10:53pm
I have one of these - it's a decent performer and very good value for money. -

Posted By: Mikeh
Date Posted: 24 Feb 2023 at 8:16am
There are so many offerings to choose from and personal preferences make offering suggestions difficult. If going for a modern MM cartridge for my Technics, I'd be looking at Nagaoka and Ortofon models in my price range. Personally ,I use 'classic' cartridges from 70'-80s such as the Te hnics EPC-205C and AR P77.  All down to what you like to hear.


Technics sl1210g with Victor U-2
Accession MM, Majestic + Proprius, Solo ULDE
Cambridge Audio CXC CD player
Lindemann Limetree Bridge streamer
Harbeth P3ESR XD paired with 2x REL t5x

Posted By: Graham Slee
Date Posted: 24 Feb 2023 at 10:03am
I've been thinking recently about using an AT95E (again) with my Accession M because my record collection is so old and a lot of my rock records are badly mastered. EG "Speed King" by Deep Purple. We bought half a tray of the OEM version from AT yonks ago and I may have a good one left. The Ortofon 2M Black is great on perfect records, but very edgy on some rock LPs, and other pricey cartridges tend to be the same, and that means I don't get to enjoy some of my favourite albums.

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Posted By: Cyreg
Date Posted: 24 Feb 2023 at 11:47am
VR, I would advice: 
1. Do use a PSU1 with your Gramamp 2 Communicator (big approvement)
2. a Nagaoka MP110 MI cart with your RB250/TechnoW

Very good results in my experience with both options :-) (see my signature!)

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Posted By: CageyH
Date Posted: 24 Feb 2023 at 3:38pm
I am currently using an AT95 with a Shibata stylus. Sounds wonderful. 
I think the VM95ML is possibly a very good option, but so is the MP110.

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Posted By: patientot
Date Posted: 24 Feb 2023 at 5:47pm
The AT95 and it's replacement, the VM95, is a good all rounder cartridge. The basic stylus is a bonded elliptical diamond but it can be upgraded.

In the UK, a very popular upgrade would be the Expert Stylus Paratrace for the old AT95. If you have a newer VM95, I would suggest the AT OEM nude elliptical "VM95EN" or the nude microridge/microline "VM95ML", depending on record condition.

I agree the very extreme stylus profiles will tend to be a double edged sword with some records. If you are lucky they can track below surface damage sometimes, but if not, you will hear more flaws, especially if the records haven't been cleaned on a vac-machine.

SL-1200 MK7 (modified) + Reflex M + PSU-1 used with AT150-40ML, AT VM95ML, Stanton 680mkII + Ogura, and Shure M35X cartridges.

Posted By: RichW
Date Posted: 25 Feb 2023 at 11:52am
The Audio Note IQ1 is a superb MM and can be upgraded if desired to the 2 or 3 by changing
the stylus assembly.
The IQ3 is a top class cartridge.
AN's pricing is a little secretive though.

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