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Any recommendations for a Hi-Fi Phono Cartridge??

post #1 of 8
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Hi All.

I recently got my phono stage preamp so I'm able to listen to my vinyl again.

I'm currently just using Ortofon Concordes which is more predominantly for DJ use.

They aren't bad, but with the gear I have, I could do with a better cartridge. Plus I don't just want to wear "one" needle out in a DJ set.

Any suggestions?
post #2 of 8
I got the (dis)pleasure of having different cartridges fitted to different turntables. One of the reason is that I use different cartridges for different types of music. My reggae and other heavy bass selections feel more at home with heavy needle weights, whilst the mellow selections are a revelation with my lighter (MC) cartridges.
I note however that you have a Technics DJ deck. If you use one of those thin shanked stylus assembly and do a quick start up on your deck with the needle on the vinyl it might not last very long. I have had that problem before I learnt my lesson. So keep that in mind.

I would hazard a guess that many would recommend this or that cartridge. I recommend you get two extra heads for your TT. Leave your DJ cartridge on the current head. Then get a thin shanked light tracking cartridge (1 to 2 grm) for the smooth and mellow vinyls and a heavier cartridge (2 to 3 grm) for the hard stuff. Using that principle, the choice of cartridge becomes less critical.
Most people have to make a choice of just one cartridge to serve their whole vinyl range. I think they are missing out, but if you only have a few records then such a compromise is unfortunately the most economical.
post #3 of 8
KL: I'd recommend to try the Denon DL160.

Greetings from Munich!

Manfred / lini
post #4 of 8
I would recommend the Denon DL110 (cheaper than the 160), can find them on ebay for around $AU 160 - have mine on a P2 and love it, very dynamic, I prefer it to the the DV10x5 I had.
You will need to get a normal headshell for the Technics arm (you probably knew that )
post #5 of 8
second what lini said
post #6 of 8
I gave up on the tonearm on my Technics 1200 and mounted an Origin Live Silver tonearm on it which took about an hour.If I can do it, anybody can do it. I am now using an Audio Technica AT-OC9ML/II along with a Graham Slee Fanfare phono stage.To find a turntable with more drive and slam than my Technics,you will probably have to go to a rim/idler drive turntable.
post #7 of 8
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Anyone have any experience with the Shure cartridges?

Specifically the M97XE
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by KrooLism View Post
Anyone have any experience with the Shure cartridges?

Specifically the M97XE
I have that Shure.For the same money I like the Audio Technica AT-120E or its big brother the AT-440MLa much better.If you like the Shure sound you might try a used V15 type3 or type4 and install a JICO SAS replacement stylus which is better than the original Shure stylus and will give the Shure V15xMR a serious run for much less money.
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