antennaguru wrote:I just don’t see the purpose of the high output MC. To create higher output you burden the generator with more windings, mass, and impedance that is typically a poor match. IMO when you only have a MM phono stage you can use a MM , MI, or a LOMC with a transformer. There is just no need to compromise wth a HOMC.
Everything is a compromise...
Yes, I agree that there are many compromises we need to make in our world of record playback. Having owned several HOMCs over the 1990s I feel they all forced making larger compromises to the sound than LOMCs with step-ups did.
To be absolutely sure, I most recently had the opportunity to hear two current state of the art ZYX cartridges back to back on the same setup, the "high output" version had 0.48 mV output while the better sounding "low output" version had only 0.24 mV output. They cost the same so I bought the better sounding one which had lower output, and happened to have half the windings thus half the winding mass on its generator/cantilever.
As to the Jico cartridge described in this thread they will hopefully also make a lower output version which will have lower impedance due to fewer coil windings, for those that prefer making less of a compromise to the sound. I would be interested in that, but not this version overburdened with so many windings and such high impedance, to deliver a misfit 2 mV output and 130 ohm impedance. it will not be a contest as to which sounds better. Coupled with their excellent styli they could have a real winner.
The only allure I can see to the manufacturer of a HOMC is the thought that they can appeal to a broader buying public, when in reality the buying public in the market for $1000 and over cartridges is generally more knowledgable than they give us credit for being. At the end of the 1990s I had determined that HOMCs with 1.5 - 3.5 mV output didn't even sound as good as the better MI and MM cartridges of that era (Grade Sig 8 and Shure V15xMR), without even comparing to the LOMC with a transformer. Even today in the world of ultra low shot-noise FET devices it takes quite an expensive all active LOMC phono stage to beat a passive transformer with a decent active MM phono stage - but today they both certainly do exist!