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    Here are seven ways to play vinyl to start off a cartridge photo thread. Some of the cartridges I use:

    Dre
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    Last edited by Dre_J; 01-29-2016, 11:56 PM.
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    Every day is a good day to play analog.
    - 12" 33-1/3 RPM or 45 RPM vinyl
    - 10.5" 15ips or 30ips tape
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    Every day is a good day for live music.
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  • #2
    Andre! You are about to give audiophiles another black eye! More cartridges than records!

    Actually the Leon (the Crazy Russian) who brought his pair of Perfect 8 speakers out to Vegas three years ago (?) has about 30 cartridges.

    Wonder what the world record is? Sure there has to be someone who collects cartridges.
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
    ________________________________________

    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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    • #3
      I've got to hurry to catch up...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
        Andre! You are about to give audiophiles another black eye! More cartridges than records!

        Actually the Leon (the Crazy Russian) who brought his pair of Perfect 8 speakers out to Vegas three years ago (?) has about 30 cartridges.

        Wonder what the world record is? Sure there has to be someone who collects cartridges.
        Maybe I should try to get 5000 cartridges and reduce my record collection to 2 (one stereo LP and one mono LP) .


        Dre
        Last edited by Dre_J; 02-09-2016, 12:50 PM.
        **************************************************
        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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        • #5
          Another one:

          I reviewed this in TAS
          TAS Equipment Report: Ortofon MC A95 Moving-Coil Cartridge
          - Beefed-Up Neutrality


          Ortofon A95: Click image for larger version

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          Dre
          Last edited by Dre_J; 01-30-2016, 01:16 PM.
          **************************************************
          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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          • longbowbbs
            longbowbbs commented
            Editing a comment
            I enjoyed that review Andre. I have been a dedicated Dynavector fan for a long time. Mat keeps encouraging me to check out Ortofon. Any comments about their line? I was looking at their @M Black and the Black MC for starters.

            Thanks,

            Eric

        • #6
          Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
          Andre! You are about to give audiophiles another black eye! More cartridges than records!

          Actually the Leon (the Crazy Russian) who brought his pair of Perfect 8 speakers out to Vegas three years ago (?) has about 30 cartridges.

          Wonder what the world record is? Sure there has to be someone who collects cartridges.

          Maybe its an obsession among Russian 'philes. Greg aka Victor is local to me (Russian emigre) his claim is 600+ carts in his collection, I saw part of it and don't doubt him in the least. most of it is desirable and rare. I probably purchased a half dozen OOP lyras/scantechs from him in the last year alone.
          Simon Yorke S10 + My Sonic Lab Eminent GL + B.M.C. MCCI Signature ULN | Simon Yorke S9 + Koetsu Rosewood Standard + AcousticPlan Phonomaster | Wadia X-32 | Innuous ZEN Mini Mk II | Valvet Soulshine2 | Linear Tube Audio ZOTL10 MkII | Avantgarde Uno Fino XD

          "One of the great challenges of this world: Knowing enough about a subject to think you are right, but not enough about the subject to know you're wrong" - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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          • #7
            I know 'Mik' in the UK has around 100 Koetsu's, along with his '3' (at last count) Rockport Sirius III's, one of which I use to own. not sure he has 600 cartridges, but he might.

            at one point I had 10 cartridges; but now just 4. and only 2 mounted; my Anna and Miyajima Premium Be for mono.
            Last edited by Mike Lavigne; 01-31-2016, 11:48 AM.
            https://systems.audiogon.com/systems/615

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            • #8
              Originally posted by longbowbbs
              I enjoyed that review Andre. I have been a dedicated Dynavector fan for a long time. Mat keeps encouraging me to check out Ortofon. Any comments about their line? I was looking at their @M Black and the Black MC for starters.

              Thanks,

              Eric
              Hi Eric,

              I missed your post earlier. I didn't se it embedded in the original post you replied to since it was a comment. Still getting used to the new vBulletin software...

              The Quintet Black is a very good cartridge to consider. If you ever wanted to know what some of those highly touted target-curves sound like on an analog system without all the signal processing laid over your system, this would be the one to get. It has very good dynamics, plays well and a slight but steady softening of the very high frequencies -Just enough to take the edge off and harsh or over aggressive recordings.

              The other two in the lineup to look at would be the Cadenza Bronze or Cadenza Black if you want to start out higher in the Ortofon line.

              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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              • #9
                Kissing cousins: Lyra Etna and Lyra Etna SL

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                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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                • #10
                  Originally posted by Dre_J View Post
                  Hi Eric,

                  I missed your post earlier. I didn't se it embedded in the original post you replied to since it was a comment. Still getting used to the new vBulletin software...

                  The Quintet Black is a very good cartridge to consider. If you ever wanted to know what some of those highly touted target-curves sound like on an analog system without all the signal processing laid over your system, this would be the one to get. It has very good dynamics, plays well and a slight but steady softening of the very high frequencies -Just enough to take the edge off and harsh or over aggressive recordings.

                  The other two in the lineup to look at would be the Cadenza Bronze or Cadenza Black if you want to start out higher in the Ortofon line.

                  Dre

                  The Cadenza black is also really interesting. The market has really exploded with new top line cartridges in the last couple of years.
                  VPI Prime Signature with Ortofon Cadenza Bronze, Simaudio Moon 610LP Phono Pre, PS Audio: DirectStream Memory Player, Directstream DSD DAC, BHK Pre, BHK 300 Mono's, Vandersteen Quatro CT's, Roon, AudioQuest Niagara 5000, Thunder Power cables, CastleRock speaker cables, MacKenzie interconnects and Diamond USB.

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by longbowbbs View Post


                    The Cadenza black is also really interesting. The market has really exploded with new top line cartridges in the last couple of years.

                    Who would have thought! And not only cartridges from established entities but totally new companies like Charisma, VAS and a few others too!!!
                    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                    ________________________________________

                    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                    • #12
                      It is a great thing seeing high quality new players in the game. Keep pushing that envelope!
                      VPI Prime Signature with Ortofon Cadenza Bronze, Simaudio Moon 610LP Phono Pre, PS Audio: DirectStream Memory Player, Directstream DSD DAC, BHK Pre, BHK 300 Mono's, Vandersteen Quatro CT's, Roon, AudioQuest Niagara 5000, Thunder Power cables, CastleRock speaker cables, MacKenzie interconnects and Diamond USB.

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by longbowbbs View Post
                        It is a great thing seeing high quality new players in the game. Keep pushing that envelope!

                        I think too what's more encouraging is at the lower end of the price spectrum too. No longer does inexpensive MC mean thin, bright and bass shy.
                        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                        ________________________________________

                        -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                        -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                        -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                        -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                        -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                        -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                        -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                        -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                        • #14
                          That is why I have always enjoyed the Dynavector 10X series as a great value for lower priced MC's.
                          VPI Prime Signature with Ortofon Cadenza Bronze, Simaudio Moon 610LP Phono Pre, PS Audio: DirectStream Memory Player, Directstream DSD DAC, BHK Pre, BHK 300 Mono's, Vandersteen Quatro CT's, Roon, AudioQuest Niagara 5000, Thunder Power cables, CastleRock speaker cables, MacKenzie interconnects and Diamond USB.

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                          • #15
                            Ortofon Cadenza Bronze

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                            Spinning early pressing of Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles on turntable in for review.

                            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.
                            **************************************************

                            Comment

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