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    TAS Golden Ear Awards 2016: Andre Jennings
    http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/golden-ear-awards-2016-andre-jennings/


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  • #2
    The Ortofon MC A95 is certainly an attractive price compared to Lyra Atlas, Koetsu stone body and Air Tight Opus. I had an Ortofon A90, the A95 reads to be a much better cartridge. Maybe I'll revisit that direction one day.

    I've not had the MC Anna in my system but the review seems to indicate they are somewhat similar. Of course we now have the low output version Lyra Atlas in the mix but certainly at higher investment.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Albert Porter View Post
      The Ortofon MC A95 is certainly an attractive price compared to Lyra Atlas, Koetsu stone body and Air Tight Opus. I had an Ortofon A90, the A95 reads to be a much better cartridge. Maybe I'll revisit that direction one day.

      I've not had the MC Anna in my system but the review seems to indicate they are somewhat similar. Of course we now have the low output version Lyra Atlas in the mix but certainly at higher investment.
      Yes, the A95 eclipses the A90 in every aspect of performance. It (the A95) is genuinely a better cartridge that replaces its predecessor. Anna is a different cartridge but A95 (as mentioned in my report) is on par in some areas, slightly behind in some, and ahead in others (like macro dynamics).

      This is similar to the PC-1 Supreme eclipsing the standard PC-1 by as wide a margin. The Opus 1 is not quite as big a leap but it is also a much better performing cartridge than the PC-1 Supreme.

      Atlas (and Etna), Opus 1 (and PC-1 Supreme) and the Stone Koetsu’s are all nearly or more than twice the cost of A95. You get a different the sound character from them all and the user must decide which one is best suited for their listening preferences.

      Dre
      **************************************************
      Every day is a good day to play analog.
      - 12" 33-1/3 RPM or 45 RPM vinyl
      - 10.5" 15ips or 30ips tape
      **************************************************
      Every day is a good day for live music.
      **************************************************

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dre_J View Post
        You get a different the sound character from them all...
        Dre
        This is the beauty of vinyl setup for me and reason why I like multi-arm capable tts. Everything can become boring and monotonous over time but one can acquire a fresh perspective on a recording with different cartridges.

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        Last edited by david k; 10-05-2016, 07:47 PM.
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        • MylesBAstor
          MylesBAstor commented
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          Great point. Or different cartridges do slightly better on different musical genres? Not as much with today's crop but certainly true a while back.

      • #5
        Originally posted by david k View Post

        This is the beauty of vinyl setup for me and reason why I like multi-arm capable tts. Everything can become boring and monotonous over time but one can a fresh perspective on a recording with different cartridges.

        david
        Did you like equalizers when you were a kid?
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        • JCOConnell
          JCOConnell commented
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          I was just joking, see the smilie face.

        • david k
          david k commented
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          I realized that JC, just setting the record straight like I'm sure Albert did.

        • JCOConnell
          JCOConnell commented
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          when I was a teenager, I actually used a 10 band equalizer, not for tone control, but to match the speakers response to the room. That was before I learned the hard way that the equalizer circuits did more harm than good. I even had a spectrum analyzer and a calibrated microphone to go with it.

      • #6
        Thanks Andre! Am still just getting caught up on posts from before RMAF! Great choices. Know you really liked those speakers!
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