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    Recognizing price doesn't necessarily correlate to musicality or listening enjoyment what are some suggestions for mono carts one should consider? With monos what is the low end $ one should look to invest in a cart? Appreciating the synergy with the tone arm and the phono stage - in my situation, the tone arm will be the clearaudio satisfy, phono stage will be a Jolida JD9 using a "y" cable connection. Table is clearaudio solution. Thanks in advance.
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  • #2
    I don't know if its compatible with your arm, but the Denon DL-102 is an outstanding performer for the money. ( about $300). Its a MC, but it has a very high output so you feed it into a MM phono stage at 47K impedance. Sounds really nice with true mono records.
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    • #3
      You don't need to spend as much on a mono cartridge to get great results as you would spend on a stereo cart.
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      • #4
        someone is selling a mono cart in the for sale section of the forum (don't know the seller or if its suitable for your arm).
        Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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        • tom_hankins
          tom_hankins commented
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          LOL, That would be me. Cartridge is exactly as advertised.

      • #5
        In my experiece Miyajima makes great sounding mono cartridges. They range in price from $600 to $3K. The Denon 102 is also a good choice. Grado also makes a wide range of monos that sound pretty good.

        Originally posted by [email protected] View Post
        Recognizing price doesn't necessarily correlate to musicality or listening enjoyment what are some suggestions for mono carts one should consider? With monos what is the low end $ one should look to invest in a cart? Appreciating the synergy with the tone arm and the phono stage - in my situation, the tone arm will be the clearaudio satisfy, phono stage will be a Jolida JD9 using a "y" cable connection. Table is clearaudio solution. Thanks in advance.
        Turntable: - 1. Fairchild 750/OMA slate plinth
        2. Analog Engineering AE-2008 MinusK support.
        Tonearm: 1. Schroder Custom
        2. Schick 12"
        3. Abis SA-1
        Cartridge: Miyajima Kansui and Premium BE Mono
        PhonoPre: AprilSound LR, EMIA Strain Gauge, EMIA silver SUT
        CD: Wadia 860x
        Server: Innuos Zen Mini Mk3
        DAC: Computer Audio Design 1543 Mk2
        Preamp: Bent Audio TAP-X w silver autoformers
        Amplifier: AprilSound SET50 monoblocks
        Speaker: Pioneer PAX-30C

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        • #6
          The new V2 Grado mono carts have been getting tons of praise the past year. I am trying to narrow down my decision between Grado vs Miyajima. Here is a nice review on the Grado (and references a Miyajima mono) from Bob Levi in Positive Feedback: http://positive-feedback.com/reviews...remier-review/

          I wish someone would do a shoot out and/or comparison of a bunch of mono carts... No dealers ever seem to carry mono carts for demos since it is such a smaller niche market.

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          • #7
            The Ortofon 2M Mono has a good reputation too. http://positive-feedback.com/reviews...ono-cartridge/
            Steve Lefkowicz
            Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
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            • #8
              I just bought this mono cart. I think I have just enough records to make it worthwhile - Beatles, Dylan, Stones box, Elvis, Kinks, Booker T , Count Basie, Sinatra and a few more that I can't recall.


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              • #9
                Originally posted by Metamatic View Post
                I just bought this mono cart. I think I have just enough records to make it worthwhile - Beatles, Dylan, Stones box, Elvis, Kinks, Booker T , Count Basie, Sinatra and a few more that I can't recall.


                I'm sure you will enjoy it. Mono records just sound much more solid with a mono cart.
                Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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                • #10
                  Audio Technica AT33MONO MC 45th Anniversary mono cartridge. 0.35 mv output. 2.5gms and loaded @ 100ohms.

                  Arrived today from Japan and just set up on one of my straight arm wands for the Exclusive P3 / P10. Like any non tapped screw cartridge, somewhat of a pain to set up vs tapped. Its actually a pretty small cartridge as from pictures they show on the net, it looks bigger.

                  Sound quality seems pretty excellent for a $240 cartridge with good detail and great centre image - not much bass but that should come after 20-30 hours - can't comment critically on sq, as I am only on side two of Revolver.

                  Anyway, time to pull out all my limited # of albums and mono box sets - Beatles, Stones , Dylan and The Kinks arrives tomorrow and relax and listen.






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                  • MylesBAstor
                    MylesBAstor commented
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                    Non-tapped is a deal breaker here. Refuse to ever set one up ever again after the 47 Labs Miyabi. Give me tapped or give me death!

                  • Johnny Vinyl
                    Johnny Vinyl commented
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                    Nice to see it arrived! Your photography is always so gorgeous too! Enjoy the mono ride and looking forward to your findings.

                  • Metamatic
                    Metamatic commented
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                    Myles. All AT cartridges are non tapped. Even the new 8k one. Crazy imo.

                • #11
                  How do you implement mono? separate arm? separate table? separate wand? second input on phono stage? second phono stage?
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                  • Metamatic
                    Metamatic commented
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                    Hey JC. I have 4 tables. I also have 3 straight arm wands on my Exclusive P3 and P10 tables as well as two S arm wands. I have mounted the mono on the P3 for now. Later will probably move to the P10 or just leave on the arm wand and use when I feel the want. Once it is aligned on the arm wand, only takes a couple of minutes to hange the arm height and tracking weight..
                    I just use the phono stage the table is plugged into.

                    Cheers

                  • Beaur
                    Beaur commented
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                    Currently, have a separate table and arm. Phono stage has a separate input with a mono switch. Have a separate mono step up also. Long term plan is to put two arms on a table and have a step up box that will do input and mono/stereo switching. The big decision is whether to separate record into mono and stereo sections.

                  • JCOConnell
                    JCOConnell commented
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                    I use two turntables each one dedicated to mono or stereo. They share the same MM phonostage which has been modified for the additional mono input and mono mode. The stereo feed goes thru a SS head amp before the phonostage because the stereo cart is MC. The mono feed
                    goes directly to the MM phonostage because it is an extra high output MC that is compatible with standard MM phonostages.

                • #12
                  Loving the AT33MONO MC cartridge. Just lets me sit back and enjoy the music.

                  The Kinks mono box set is superb. mastered by Kevin Gray, all analog. And the GZ pressing is superb. just make sure you rip the static paper sleeves in half so not to get surface scratches on the vinyl when removing the record from the sleeve - them put them in some nice poly sleeves

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