Low Output MC Cartridge under $500

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Low Output MC Cartridge under $500

Post by Mw713 » 09 Oct 2019 23:44

Looking for something with a warmer musical sound signature.
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Re: Low Output MC Cartridge under $500

Post by 2002afan » 09 Oct 2019 23:57

Mw713, First what kind of turntable are you using? That matters. Once you let us know that, you will get all kinds of replies and opinions.
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Re: Low Output MC Cartridge under $500

Post by Mw713 » 10 Oct 2019 00:15

Sorry, luxman PD171A

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Re: Low Output MC Cartridge under $500

Post by Mw713 » 10 Oct 2019 02:14

Ok, I’m thinking Hana EL.

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Re: Low Output MC Cartridge under $500

Post by 2002afan » 10 Oct 2019 02:20

Mw, A real beauty of a turntable. =D> By the looks of it, I'm going to assume that it has a medium + mass arm on it. It is able to support cartridges with weights of 4-12 grams. With the optional heavyweight, a cartridge of 9-19 grams. Impressive reviews too. Although a DENON man myself, the Audio-Technica AT33PTG/ II could be a real good choice. Don't know how warm it will be on your system. ATs are typically not in general. It has a boron cantilever and micro-line stylus. Check ebay for the best prices out of Japan. Around 480 up with shipping. With the optional heavy weight you can't go with a wrong with a DENON 103R. The AT has a more modern stylus and it will definitely last longer. More replies will follow I'm sure. :lol: All the reviews I read, they were using carts that cost about half as that turntable. :P
Good luck and enjoy.
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Re: Low Output MC Cartridge under $500

Post by 2002afan » 10 Oct 2019 02:24

Mw713 wrote:
10 Oct 2019 02:14
Ok, I’m thinking Hana EL.
That could be the ticket. :) Never heard one myself but they are well regarded around here.
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Re: Low Output MC Cartridge under $500

Post by audiopile » 10 Oct 2019 04:47

Listening to a DL-103r /Rabco SL-8e/ELAC PPA-2 as I type this - I've gone thru a couple of 103r over the years -finally realized they were a addiction -the one I'm listening to now has a fresh back up waiting for it to wear out. Everytime I look at a DL-103 under a microscope I'm impressed - have never seen a better polished stone than what comes stock on Denon MC carts. And given the right mating equipment - they sound polished (for lack of a better description).

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Re: Low Output MC Cartridge under $500

Post by 2002afan » 10 Oct 2019 19:41

audiopile wrote:
10 Oct 2019 04:47
Listening to a DL-103r /Rabco SL-8e/ELAC PPA-2 as I type this - I've gone thru a couple of 103r over the years -finally realized they were a addiction -the one I'm listening to now has a fresh back up waiting for it to wear out. Everytime I look at a DL-103 under a microscope I'm impressed - have never seen a better polished stone than what comes stock on Denon MC carts. And given the right mating equipment - they sound polished (for lack of a better description).
Audiophile, I totally agree. :) I Love my 103R too. :mrgreen: As I stated, you can't wrong with one.
I have an affinity for DENON as you can see. Not a dog in the bunch. :P Excellent sound for a decent price. =D>
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Re: Low Output MC Cartridge under $500

Post by sliceofhogan » 11 Oct 2019 09:54

My vote goes to the AT 33 ptg/II while still available. A very neutral system and a long lasting stylus. For warmth, i turn up the heating ;)

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