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    The most evenly balanced MC I've heard is the Technics EPC-305MC. No undue emphasis anywhere, but superbly detailed and very transparent. I kept mine for twenty years 'cos it beat all competition. When that came along, I sold my SPU, Decca Mk.IV and Londons. (kept the ADC's though )

    They are like gold dust though. Nigh on impossible to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    The most evenly balanced MC I've heard is the Technics EPC-305MC. No undue emphasis anywhere, but superbly detailed and very transparent. I kept mine for twenty years 'cos it beat all competition. When that came along, I sold my SPU, Decca Mk.IV and Londons. (kept the ADC's though )

    They are like gold dust though. Nigh on impossible to find.
    You've got me looking

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    The most evenly balanced MC I've heard is the Technics EPC-305MC. No undue emphasis anywhere, but superbly detailed and very transparent. I kept mine for twenty years 'cos it beat all competition. When that came along, I sold my SPU, Decca Mk.IV and Londons. (kept the ADC's though )

    They are like gold dust though. Nigh on impossible to find.
    Still got it?

    Sent from my EVA-L09 using Tapatalk
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Bigbottle Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: NONE
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 with Khozmo 48 Step Series Attenuator & Krell KSA100 MK2 Amplifier
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & NEW SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Oh. And if you spot one of these or the MC202. You'd probably really enjoy what it can do. I had a couple and thought they were very nice indeed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    Still got it?
    Nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Nope.
    Ah,

    There are many FR carts that are any good?

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    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Bigbottle Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: NONE
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 with Khozmo 48 Step Series Attenuator & Krell KSA100 MK2 Amplifier
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & NEW SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    You've got me looking
    You might get one from Japan, but I think they are likely to command daft prices these days. Jez Arkless has the aluminium cantilever version, the EPC-310MC. The 305 has Boron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    You might get one from Japan, but I think they are likely to command daft prices these days. Jez Arkless has the aluminium cantliever version, the EPC-310MC. The 305 has Boron.
    Hmm, I'll have a look.

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    Digital: NONE
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 with Khozmo 48 Step Series Attenuator & Krell KSA100 MK2 Amplifier
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & NEW SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    There are many FR carts that are any good?
    They never made a bad one as far as I know. I've owned two MC201's and thought they sounded great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    They never made a bad one as far as I know. I've owned two MC201's and thought they sounded great.
    I've owned quite a few FR cartridges, they can come across a bit dull if not carefully matched for SUT.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers with Tannoy ST25 supertweeters; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 9 inch and Ikeda IT-407 12 inch tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Miyajima Takumi, Ikeda 9TT, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912 + Miyajima ETR-Mono SUT; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Pass Aleph 'Mini'; tube preamp - Gate Audio tube; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 Mk I tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage from Gate Audio preamp; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink.

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