My new 1979 Sony PS-X70 TT in NM condition! Questions please.

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My new 1979 Sony PS-X70 TT in NM condition! Questions please.

Post by jondon » 19 Jan 2020 21:35

Current system for reference when playing vinyl;
Anthem MTX-520 receiver (Used with preouts to external Amp) (2 Channel mode for vinyl)
Carver AV705 Power Amp
Definitive Technology BP8 floor standing speakers
Harmon Kardon T-45 Turntable (w/Ortofon Super OM30 Cart)
Music Fidelity X-LP (MM/MC Phone pre)
Record Doctor Record Cleaning Vacuum.

Acquired the Sony PS-X70 Turntable in near mint condition!!

I am open for cartridge suggestions $800ish and under.
However If I go the MC route I will need to get a Step up transformer, or a Lounge Coplola.
Since reviews state my phono pre works terrific with MM carts, but not so well with MC carts.
The Denon 103R I hear is the #1 recommendation. Anything better out there? Would a Dynavector MC be a good match?
I've also heard great things about the MM Nagaoka mp150 series on up, and then would have no need to get a SUT or the Lounge Copola.
Would I need a different type of head shell for any certain cartridge?

Really looking for a cart with some warmth, authority, non muddy bass, and forgiving of pops and crackles (though I know they cannot be completely eliminated) since I but a lot of used vinyl.

Also please recommend a good $30 or under record weight stabilizer or clamp from Amazon.
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Re: My new 1979 Sony PS-X70 TT in NM condition! Questions please.

Post by JoeE SP9 » 19 Jan 2020 22:39

I prefer clamps over weights so here you go. $30 @ Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077YT2J81/?c ... _lig_dp_it

FWIW: I see no reason why a high output MC cartridge wouldn't work with your current gear.

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Re: My new 1979 Sony PS-X70 TT in NM condition! Questions please.

Post by jondon » 21 Jan 2020 18:23

Really liking what I hear about the Nagaoka mp150 and mp200. Would either be a good fit for the arm? Would I need a new headshell? If I bought either cart with headshell already installed would it work well with the arm?

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Post by JoeE SP9 » 21 Jan 2020 18:57

IME/O MC cartridges work best into a medium mass tonearm. Just about every S shaped tonearm is medium mass. You would not need a new head shell. However if you want to change/add a new cartridge having a spare or two is a good thing. There are plenty of head shells available for a very reasonable price. I've examined some of the more expensive ones and frankly, those without a name seem to be pretty much identical to the high priced ones.

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Re: My new 1979 Sony PS-X70 TT in NM condition! Questions please.

Post by jondon » 21 Jan 2020 19:25

Thank you Joe SP9, would this Nagaoka 150 with headshell mate well with the arm? I like the idea of having a spare headshell.
https://www.amazon.com/NAGAOKA-MP-150H- ... 158B32D268

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Re: My new 1979 Sony PS-X70 TT in NM condition! Questions please.

Post by jondon » 22 Jan 2020 22:10

Really think I wanna go with the Nagaoka mp150 cart! Will it be a good fit with the original PS-X70's headshell, or am I better off with a lighter headshell replacement? Would the headshell that comes with the Nagaoka mp150 be a good match for for the arm? Or should I just purchase the Nagaoka mp150 without its attached headshell and use the PS-X70 headshell?

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Re: My new 1979 Sony PS-X70 TT in NM condition! Questions please.

Post by jondon » 05 Feb 2020 05:40

Also considering a Nagaoka MP200 cart.
Also what about the Soundsmith Zephyr Mk III ES? Or would it just be overkill for this turntable?

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Re: My new 1979 Sony PS-X70 TT in NM condition! Questions please.

Post by jondon » 12 Feb 2020 00:34

Ok, still deciding. Thinking now about going with a Denon 103R because I hear the Sony PSX70's arm will bring out the best the Denon 103R has to offer and getting a Lounge Audio Copola step up amp.

Or if I were to go with the Soundsmith Zephyr Mk III ES cartridge would it it sound significantly better at 3 times the cost of the Denon 103R?

Opinions please and thank you!!!

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Re: My new 1979 Sony PS-X70 TT in NM condition! Questions please.

Post by jondon » 16 Feb 2020 20:10

Ok, picked up the Denon DL-103R

Payday gonna order the Lounge Copla. What settings should I use, and is the silver wire upgrade worth the extra $100+?

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Re: My new 1979 Sony PS-X70 TT in NM condition! Questions please.

Post by toaster999 » 16 Feb 2020 20:52

Silver wire. Nope spend it on vinyl

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Re: My new 1979 Sony PS-X70 TT in NM condition! Questions please.

Post by jondon » 16 Feb 2020 22:26

So no real improvement with sound for the Silver upgrade? Be good to know, and not spend the extra $150 because I've heard its a great unit even without the upgrade!

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