IndigoRock2001 wrote:This may seem a dumb thing to say,,, but,,, why don't you just use a MM cart for ripping? Do you think the quality of an MC cart will be so much better that it's worth the extra expense you are considering? I was chasing the MC dream (of it sounding so much better) when I got my Denon DL-103 cart. I then went through 3 preamps trying to find one that didn't buzz. Any case the total expense with the cart and preamp $220 + $180 was $400 and in the end I think I'm going to switch back to my AT-440mlb MM cart simply because in truth it really sounds better than the MC cart. In a way no one could have told me this before I spent the 400 bucks finding it out, when I decide I need something I'm completely possessed with getting it, even if I have to mortgage the farm to get it. I'm gonna put my MC cart aside. Maybe it'll be great for you. Just an object lesson for anyone it's appropriate for. Just sayin'
Sure at the low price points you're talking about an MC can end up being a marginal solution, and it also depends a lot on your tonearm as well. At lower price points many tonearms may not be up to the task of handling a low compliance cartridge. It takes very good tonearm bearings to handle the energy of a typical MC. The symptom of a weak arm is often a bright hard brittle sound - yet you can move the same cartridge to a better arm and it sounds warm yet extended instead. The Koetsu cartridges are that way.
So in my case I was playing the record using a Koetsu Rosewood LOMC cartridge on a Goldmund Turntable/Arm through a Jeff Rowland LOMC Phono Stage into a CD Recorder. I made several CDs this way from records not available on CD, and still have and use them and they still sound great when I can't play the records - like in the car, etc. Using the best front end you can put together to make a CD recording assures that you will have as much resolution as possible no matter what system the CD gets played back on. It might be overkill for the car where you have road noise and other distractions, but if you bring that CD over to a friend's house with a nice system you will appreciate having made the best recording you could have made. I even ended up ripping those CDs to my Brennan B2 and they live on in an even easier format...