Alec124c41 wrote:Overloading will distort the sound.
The output of the DL-160 (2 mc) is less than the limit of many MC stages (3 mv). I feed mine through the MC section of my Yamaha amp because I think it sounds better. YMMV.
The Denon 160 output voltage is nominally
1.6mV . This does not mean that, if you measured the output voltage in a normal situation, that you would measure 1.6mV on a CRO or multimeter. This specification is merely the output level for a particular input case
(usually quoted as a voltage @ 5cm/sec). I can't remember the source, but typically the cartridge output voltage can vary approximately + or - 20db (x10) from the nominal voltage due to the music signal.
Similarly, for the Phono stage itself, the input voltage specified is not an absolute. The input voltage is usually specified as the input voltage required to obtain a certain output voltage (taking the gain of the phono stage into account). It is not a maximum voltage that can be applied before the phono stage will distort.
The parameter that dictates the maximum input level is the input overload figure. In some instances this can exceed the nominal output voltage of a particular cartridge, but it would still be insufficient for the peak voltage generated by that cart, i.e. the phonostage could still distort. This would be more likely to occur if you use a HOMC into a LOMC input.
For example, NAD specify the input overload of the MC input of the PP2 is 0.8mV @ 20Hz. Therefore if, for example, our DL-160 was generating just over half of its nominal output voltage at 20Hz into the PP2 the phonstage could well be distorting.
All I'm really trying to say is that the specifications published for carts and phono stages are not absolutes, but defined specifications for certain input or output situations, and that caution is required. I don't deny that your cart may well be working fine into an MC input, but other readers could equally have disastrous results trying the same thing with their equipment.
If you are considering doing this, read the specifications for your phono stage and take all of them into account, not just the input sensitivity spec.