SL-D202 cartridge

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SL-D202 cartridge

Post by romangaslan » 23 Nov 2017 22:32

Coin toss between Ortofon Red and Grado Green based strictly on budget. Current is an AT 120e. Nice but a little bright for my taste.

What’s the opinion here? Thanks in advance.

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Re: SL-D202 cartridge

Post by beat_truck » 23 Nov 2017 23:20

I don't own one, but I've read a lot of posts on different forums saying that the 2M Red is also a very bright sounding cartridge so that may not be a good choice if you're trying to avoid that. The Grado or a Shure M97XE are better choices if you want a warmer sound.

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Post by romangaslan » 24 Nov 2017 21:09

Thanks. Heard that too about the Red in general.

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Post by Electone » 17 Dec 2017 00:47

Buy the Grado if you prefer a mellow, midrange-thick sound. You might want to also give the AT95E a try as it has a very balanced sound and should work very well on that arm.

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Post by vinyl master » 18 Dec 2017 01:23

If you can find one, THIS is an absolute stunner of a combination! They look good together, no??? :-k

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I love my SL-D202 so far! Out of 29 assorted turntables, my first direct drive ever, if you can believe it! :shock:

But, then, I just wanted something decent and cheap that would go with an old SA-101 receiver I'd had sitting around for years...It cost me $10 back in the day at one of my local thrift shops and was my first one, so yeah, there is a bit of a sentimental attachment... :oops:

You don't see these older Ortofon Concordes often, either, but I found that one on another audio site and the guy wanted $20...I pounced on it, and I must thank members andybeau and Japi Roelofs again...Andy sent an extra OM10 stylus he had sitting around that was just perfect for it and Japi helped me obtain an original Tonar stylus for the Concorde...I should be good for a little while, at least...If you can find a Concorde STD or an EC10, which were Concordes made for hi-fi listening more than just DJ'ing, you may well have yourself a winner! The older models are very good carts, indeed! :D

I have an AT120E/T, as well and an original Technics headshell...I may have to try that combo someday, but for now, I just thought the Ortofon was cool, and I wanted something different...something special...for this TT, being it was my first direct drive and all...Plus, I want to break it in for awhile and appreciate it! :wink:

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Re: SL-D202 cartridge

Post by romangaslan » 20 Dec 2017 06:01

That is a slick looking cart. I think other than it being a tad bright the 120 is quite nice. I’ve owned all the Shure V15’s and some other AT’s over the years and the 15 Type5 was always my number 1. Sadly the last move 10 years ago killeed it because the arm wasn’t locked. :(

I think the Grado will be the next try. I bought the table new in the 80’s and I just can’t part with it. It’s just too good a performer.

Just for looks itself that Concord could be a good search.

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Post by vinyl master » 20 Dec 2017 06:45

I know what you mean about the Technics being a good performer! If you try the Grado cart, I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on it... :-k

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Re: SL-D202 cartridge

Post by jkasch » 20 Dec 2017 21:11

The new Grado Prestige 2 series is getting rave reviews. Some say a whole new ballgame.

https://positive-feedback.com/reviews/h ... cartridge/

Some members on AK seem to agree.

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Re: SL-D202 cartridge

Post by bigx5murf » 21 Dec 2017 01:19

In my limited experience. Brightness and siblance is usually a result of VTA setting of tail up too high. If you don't have VTA adjustments, then you want to get a thicker platter mat. I have a collection of thin and thick mats for this purpose to use on my SL-1500.

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Re: SL-D202 cartridge

Post by romangaslan » 22 Dec 2017 06:00

Thanks for for the info on the platter mat.

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Re: SL-D202 cartridge

Post by romangaslan » 17 Feb 2018 04:50

Well finally bought a Grado, the Prestige Black. Very mellow sound, the other side of the coin from the AT. Not a lot of playback time on it yet, I’ll see how it sounds after some so called break in. Just as reference my equipment is a Marantz 3300 pre, rebuilt Hafler 220 amp, M&K satellites with Polk sub. A lotta old school here.

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Re: SL-D202 cartridge

Post by vinyl master » 17 Feb 2018 08:28

Nothing wrong with being a little old school...I'm certainly a testament to that! :wink:

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