Hi to all!
I have a Thorens TD 160 B MKII with a Mayware Formula IV (or perhaps... V) tonearm. On this tonearm is fitted an Ortofon MC25 FL in new condition (~200-300 hours at most).
I am using a legendary Musical Fidelity A1000 (the also called Super Pre - Main Class A) and I love this integrated amplifier with its super sound, except its not equal MC phono stage...
Sometimes I am using a pair of T-5 Ortofon's little Step Up Transformers...
(Further more I have a Musical Fidelity A5 CD with very good sound and a pair of the famous greek speakers called Hermes version 1)
The Ortofon MC25 FL is a very good sounding cartridge, accurate, not edgy (!!!), with plenty of bass, good 3D image from the speakers and back.
I also have tried on this system the lower cost but very approved Ortofon MC 15 MKII Super with about the same Ortofon sound (perhaps a little smoother and not so dynamic as the 25).
From the Ortofon's list I have heard (on a Technics 1210) the MC 20 Supreme, the MC 30 Supreme and the Rohmann...
These three cartridges also have the well known Ortofon's sound, which sound is there with any of all of the Ortofon's cartridges I' ve heard.
The difference is, that as the cartridge cost increases, you can find (some) more details, refinement and speed!
This speed is the big improvement of Rohmann against all other...
To make the story sort, I decided to hear on my Thorens one more Ortofon in a good price: the HMC 30!
This was bought just now from ebay for a cost of ~260 USD including shipping.
I think this is a good price, but, as I am waiting for this new cartridge, I would like to hear some of your opinions and feelings about this HMC 30.
As I found some of you in Vinylengine Forum have experience with this cartridge and I would be very happy, if I would read complete comments about this.
Thank you in advance