First. I apologize, I have created the exact same thread in another audio site, but I would like to know what is Vinyl Engine's community perspective on this.
I am ready to buy a Nagaoka MP-110 cartridge for my Technics SL-1200. I intend to use it mostly to listen to Jazz, and then some classical and Folk. I have read in AK that the Nagaoka MP-110 tracks extremely well.
I would love a very warm, rich, intimate sound. Almost as if I had the singer, guitarrist or jazz trio right infront of me in my living room. I love to hear the wood sound of the drums sticks hitting the cymbals, the crispy sound of the nail plucking the nylon strings, and the intimate breaths of the singer between words.
I read very good things of the Nagaoka, but a recent review really put me off. It is from All For Turntables website, and it gives another prespective:
"But the design of it, really does make it something that has a special kind of niche, and that niche is your loud music like rock and metal.
So if you like heavy hitting stuff like Guns n Roses or even a little Free Bird from Skynyrd. You are going to love this. Not just because of the quality of the instruments, but it is the vocals as well that really stand out. It is perfect if you like to put an album on in one room, turn it up loud and then potter around the house."
This is the first time I saw a review claiming such a thing. Now it has left me with serious doubts towards if this is the cartridge I am looking for.
I am looking for AK members that have heard/used the Nagaoka MP-110 to tell me if it is a good cartridge for jazz, or if it is more of a rock/metal sound it gives.
Budget: $150 USD
System: Technics SL-1200, Pickering NP/AC (not working), Sansui 5000X (1971), Margules SA 1.3 bookshelf.