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RB330 Cartridge Options

Postby coco44 » 10 Jun 2018 22:47

I have a planar 3 (2016) with RB330 and elys II. I was wondering what cartridges would be plug and play with this arm?

Or alternatively, what carts should I be looking at with the addition of shims? Is that a hard or tedious process to mount?
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Re: RB330 Cartridge Options

Postby Alec124c41 » 11 Jun 2018 03:17

Mounting a new cartridge is not difficult, and shims are dead easy.
What is your budget for a new cartridge?

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Re: RB330 Cartridge Options

Postby coco44 » 11 Jun 2018 17:16

Im thinking about 500... maybe sell the elys II to recoup some of that.

I noticed a very slight but present hum with the Elys II when the volume is turned up past comfortable... not noticeable with music but rather when sitting idle. Whether the cartridge is the cause or maybe the wall wart I do not know... I do know my system is properly grounded. I also can make it more or less evident by different positioning of the turntable so maybe I am experiencing noise from my surrounding. Its minor but I cant deny its there.

but I digress...

I was thinking of a dynavector 10x5 which is MC which might take care of that annoyance.

I wanted to get an idea of what others are using and which seem to be a good fit for the arm/tt. I like the idea of not using a protractor then I dont have to second guess my installation as I have done in the past when setting up cartridges.

The Elys II sounds ok, do you think "upgrading" to a 500/600 cartridge would be a lateral move?
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Re: RB330 Cartridge Options

Postby Alec124c41 » 12 Jun 2018 04:33

The Dynavector 10x5 sounds excellent on a Rega arm.
Using a protractor is not hard, either.

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Re: RB330 Cartridge Options

Postby DeepEnd » 12 Jun 2018 12:50

coco44 wrote:The Elys II sounds ok, do you think "upgrading" to a 500/600 cartridge would be a lateral move?


I think your comment on the Elys is spot on yes it's not bad and "sounds OK" in most systems but there are more capable cartridges between the £125 of the Elys and £500-£600 level that are anything other than a lateral move.

The Dynavector 10x5 is a good cartridge and I don't know of many that are disappointed with them but at slightly lower cost there are some other very good cartridges things like:-

The only "Plug and play" solution the Rega Exact (£269) is a big step up from the Elys and dead easy to fit.
At a similar price level to the Exact then perhaps another HO MC the Denon DL-110 (£219) which is full of excitement missing from the Elys will need to use a protractor (not difficult - bit frustrating sometimes) this may need shims (again not difficult to fit). Audio Technica VM-540ML (£235) is probably one of the most detailed cartridges around.
Above this price level perhaps the Goldring G1042 (£325) is a cartridge that has lots and lots of followers because of it's performance and has one of the most sophisticated stylus around (would definitely need shims) and compared to the 2M Black (£495) or Nagaoka MP-500 (£600+) seems a real bargain. Nagaoka MP-150 (£355) would be another MM/MI contender in this price band.
Another HO MC at this price level Hana EH (£389) has a growing reputation too.


As you can see lots of options really :D :D :D
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Re: RB330 Cartridge Options

Postby brave » 13 Jun 2018 18:13

Great post DeepEnd!
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Re: RB330 Cartridge Options

Postby MetalT75 » 15 Jun 2018 10:29

Nagaokas have had great reviews. I'm going to get one my self, most likely MP-150. I'm also planning to get MP-110 just to test (because it's cheap) if it's as good as the reviews say.
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Re: RB330 Cartridge Options

Postby ditkadog » 09 Aug 2018 07:59

I second the Hana. I recently bought one to replace the Rega Exact, a cartridge that was "okay" but never really grabbed me. After suffering it for the last three years I traded it on a Hana SL- LOMC. What a difference! Hana also makes cartridges in your price range. My local Rega dealer has never really sold me wrong, and they were spot on in this case as well. With the Tangospinner Troilo and the Hana cartridge I feel as if my RP-6 plays as if it cost twice what I paid for it.
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