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Thread: Do any cheap MM/HOMC carts sound engaging and fun?

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    Default Do any cheap MM/HOMC carts sound engaging and fun?

    Hi Guys,

    I was intrigued by the "Are expensive carts worth it?" thread however being somewhat financially challenged TBH it was pretty academic but nonetheless interesting debate for me. In any case even if I were flush I am not sure I would invest heavily in a cart or turntable.

    Now I appreciate system context is important and there are lots of YouTube videos showing "affordable" carts but usually on oldish Japanese DD turntables. I have a Rega Planar 3 and Croft Micro 25 and mainly old used but clean LPs so am wondering what the best sounding/best bang for the buck MM or HOMC cart is under say 200?



    Chris

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    Hi Chris,

    As always this is subjective, but a good start is a Denon DL 110 HOMC.

    I don't think I've ever heard a negative comment on this, doesn't mind old records either.

    I'm sure others will come along with suggestions.

    Currently new on eBay for 175 new.

    Gary
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    At 440mlb or Ortofon 2M Blue.

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    One of these would be worth a listen - https://www.lpgear.com/product/LPGAT95VL.html
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    I found an Ortofon OM10 surprisingly good when care is taken with setup and then tweaked to sound the best you can get it.
    This ws on my Luxman PD264 and GH228 unipivot.

    Running a V15 III jico Neo SAS now though
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    ..thanks guys for the recommendations. I think it will have to be a MM as an HOMC output is too low to drive my power amp.

    Chris

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    Very wise, in my opinion having used a DL160, it's too much of a compromise! Better to have a decent mm or a true MC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjm123 View Post
    ..thanks guys for the recommendations. I think it will have to be a MM as an HOMC output is too low to drive my power amp.

    Chris

    I'm sure it's a typo, it's feeding your Croft Micro? If so its a pre amp. MM and HOMC will drive this, you may need to turn volume higher.

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    A HOMC should be fine directly into the MM input.

    Another thought for a cartridge is the AT95e with the upgraded paratrace stylus assembly.
    This will cost about 200.

    Recently there was a AT150ea on eBay for 150. This is another excellent sounding cartridge.
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