Alec124c41 wrote:You are right, Zebbo. And I did not say they were all equal, either!
I also use AT33E, DL-300, DL-301 II, Dynavector 17D3, and Yamaha MC-705 LOMCs. Not to mention a number of MM and MI cartridges.
I may be getting in over my head, but I am hearing the differences for myself, and learning about cartridge/tonearm matching.
Zebbo wrote:Alec wrote:cartridge/tonearm matching.
Personally my experience has been closer to Dover's - that the main advantage of MMs is that they make phono stage design much easier - that extra 20dB (or more) of low-noise gain required in a top-notch MC phono stage doesn't come easily. Also, the front-end design is more critical for MC cartridges than it is with MMs, since record ticks and pops (which can extend out to 300kHz, and can be much higher in level than the sonic information in the LP grooves) will not be attenuated by the high inductance of an MM's signal coils and cable capacitances. Instead, cable capacitances will react with the low inductances and low resistances of an MC cartridge's compact signal coils to create ultrasonic peaks which can cause high-frequency overload of an MC phono stage's front end and slew distortion unless the phono stage designer considers all of these things and takes appropriate countermeasures.
One other characteristic of many MMs mentioned on this thread is that they are voiced differently from most of today's cartridges. This is fine for personal listening preferences, but it not a technically valid reason, as the technical design of a cartridge and its voicing are completely separate entities.