dikki wrote:I am thinking about replacing my Linn Addikt with a MC cartridge, but I'm kind of lost. There's a lot of options.
Also, In my experience MC usually means less dynamic sound. Since I use the turntable for both classical music and pop, I want both worlds.
I am looking for a cartridge that can deliver high dynamic sound coupled with a good frequency range. Can anybody here give me some advice?
I use a only Linn setup, with LP12 and Ekos 1.
I have an LP12 too (although with what I consider is a better arm than an Ekos 1
) and I also use it for both pop (and jazz) and classical. I have both a top-flight LOMC (Benz Ebony LP) and a top-flight MM (actually Moving Iron, as it's the Grado Reference Reference1).
I recently had a "comparison night" with a few friends; the Grado RR1 was considered to have a lot more mid-range energy than the Benz LP (although it is no slouch!
) - which is very attractive.
But it does not deliver cymbals with as much HF extension as the Benz.
However, the Grado is $1,500 ... as against $5K for the Benz - so in my mind, the Grado RR1 is the better buy. Only if you decide you need the HF extension of the $5K Benz would you buy it, in preference to the Grado. I've been listening to the Grado for the last few months.
Good luck in your search.