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Hello,

 

I wanted some recommendations on a forgiving turntable phono cartridge for not so great quality records.

 

 

 

 

                                                                          Thanks.

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It kind of depends on your tonearm.  High-compliance cartridges like the Shure moving magnet cartridges work best in old school low mass tone arms.  Medium compliance cartridges like the high-output moving coil Denon DL-110 prefer the more modern medium mass arms.  So, if you've got a Rega Planar 3 or some similar fairly modern 'table, try a Denon DL-110, but if you're using a vintage setup like a Technics SL-1200 or an AR-XA or what have you, try a Shure M97XE.  Both are very good cartridges, not so much money, and they are somewhat kinder to worn or poorly mastered LPs than the more revealing cartridges out there.  Perhaps other folks will chime in with more suggestions.

 

Also, if your records don't sound so good, try giving them a good cleaning first with a liquid bath type cleaner. The Spin Clean Record Washer is a totally manual washer that does a very good job, under $100

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Originally Posted by milosz View Post

It kind of depends on your tonearm.  High-compliance cartridges like the Shure moving magnet cartridges work best in old school low mass tone arms.  Medium compliance cartridges like the high-output moving coil Denon DL-110 prefer the more modern medium mass arms.  So, if you've got a Rega Planar 3 or some similar fairly modern 'table, try a Denon DL-110, but if you're using a vintage setup like a Technics SL-1200 or an AR-XA or what have you, try a Shure M97XE.  Both are very good cartridges, not so much money, and they are somewhat kinder to worn or poorly mastered LPs than the more revealing cartridges out there.  Perhaps other folks will chime in with more suggestions.

 

Also, if your records don't sound so good, try giving them a good cleaning first with a liquid bath type cleaner. The Spin Clean Record Washer is a totally manual washer that does a very good job, under $100


Thank for the help smily_headphones1.gif I am new to vinyl.

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Also, your phono stage matters. If you have a preamp, integrated amp or receiver with built-in phono stage, well then it's probably a good place to start. 

 

In particular, NAD amps / receivers have better-than-average phono sections, made up from discrete FET's instead of IC op-amps.  Good stuff, Leonard.

 

But if you have no phono inputs on anything, then you'll need a phono preamp of some kind.  Here are some suggestions, in the 'entry level high end' category:

 

TUBES:  Bellari VP-129 or VP-130 ; also very nice is Yaqin MS-22B

 

SOLID STATE: Parasound Z-Phono,  Musical Fidelity VLPS, among others.  NAD PP-2 if you get a good price on it used. The NAD is not  quite as good as the others mentioned, but it is OK especially if you get one for $50  which sometimes happens.

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