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

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    Join Date: Feb 2010

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    I'm Tom.

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    Not sure what the match is like with a Rega but I run a Tonar Diabolic (45) with my AT1503 MkI on a Garrard 401 and love it .. Shure SC35C is briliant as well .. both track heavily (4-5g) and probably need a bit more mass than you get with the Rega to sound their best. Of the two the Tonar is probably the more flexible.
    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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    Join Date: Apr 2016

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    I'm paul.

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    SAE 1000LT 2.5mv getting rare.
    Sony STR 6055 Denon DP80 Stax UA-70 Shure Ultra 500 in a Martin Bastin body with jico stylus Zu omen

    Office system, DIY CSS fullrange speakers with aurum cantus G2 ribbons Najda dsp as dac Akai AM-U02 Jvc QL-A51 direct drive turntable
    SAE1000LT leema sub. JVC Z4S cart is in the house

    Garage system another Sony receiver, cassette deck and full range drivers in free air


    System components are subject to change without warning and at the discretion of the owner.

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    Join Date: Jan 2009

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    I'm openingabottleofwine.

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    Vintage fixed-coil cartridges I would recommend would be those by AKG (especially the P8ES) and B&O (the SP6, or SP12, as well as the MMC series: MMC20E; MMC20EN and the MMC20CL)
    Have you listened to this month's choice in the Album Club?

    Barry

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