Cdaddy7 wrote:I have an Adcom preamp (and amp 555 series), which has the mm/mc switch.
I do not have an SUT otherwise.
So I'm guessing MM would be suggested?
I’m also using a gfa-555 power amp (first series) and was using a gfp-555 pre, ‘till I decided it should sound better than it did with a MC cartridge. While I still like the 555 pre, I replaced it with a Schiit Mani phono amp which can handle both MC and MM/MI carts, and a Schiit Saga passive pre-amp. Sounds much cleaner and more open than the Adcom pre did, especially with a MC. Maybe my old Adcom pre-amp needs some recap Help.. The 555 power-amp still sounds pretty sweet!
I’m going to suggest a Denon dl-103 for a MC cartridge if you want an inexpensive MC that sounds good. I bought the “r” version of it, then rebodied it in ebony and potted it with beeswax. It sounds very good to me.
BUT - you can get very good sound from plenty of MM or MI cartridges too. I’ve developed quite a fondness for a particular Audio Technica I’m presently using, and it’s around 30-35 years old!
Haven’t yet tried one, but I’d be tempted to give a Nagaoka MP-110 a spin. From what I’ve read, it offers good “bang for the buck”. I may pick one up soon. ^_^