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Old 5th January 2009, 10:59 PM   #1
chrisspe is offline chrisspe  United Kingdom
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Question Cartridge for ar77 turntable


I know this question gets asked soo much and is really quite boring but it is keeping me awake at night (well not quite literally but...), i have done lots of searching btw... :

I have an old ar 77 (think xb) turntable which i am refurbishing, it was meant to be pretty ok in its day, and I need to buy it a half decent phono cartridge.

I am on a pretty tight budged with all this, I have an old ortofon vms20e mkii body but no stylus, a replacement is 75 which is quite a lot on a student budget without even knowing the condition of the body, I have seen replament non original styli for 15 but would these be up to it?

O)rtherwise I could go for a new cartridge, what are peoples opinions on the 2m red (60ish) or is there something better around that price.

Oh I listen to mainly rock type stuff and some 'pop' and prefer a richer fuller sound, dont want anything overly bright but i dont want it to sound dull either.

Any sugestions are most welcome.

Cheers Chris

(sorry this is not the briefest of posts)
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Old 5th January 2009, 11:41 PM   #2
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I would like to recommend the Ortofon OM10 Super. Very versatile cartridge and to me 'best value' for money. Can be upgraded later just by changing the stylus. Do a Google search for the reviews.. I bought it. Absolutely no regrets!
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Old 6th January 2009, 09:05 PM   #3
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Try a Nagaoka MP100
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Old 7th January 2009, 12:45 PM   #4
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Hi, difficult to do any better than the above for 60, /sreten.
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Old 9th January 2009, 02:22 AM   #5
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thanks for the reply, I have been looking at that, an mc for 60... but im a little worried about the output. I know its high output but its still a fith of a normal mm cartridge and i do have issues hit noise already. (these issues are prob poor grounding)
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Old 9th January 2009, 02:04 PM   #6
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The spec (1.6mV) is about 1/3 of normal output (5mV@5cm/s),
it has been measured to be 2.2mV@5cm/s = about a half.

That is ~ 6dB, but it has low impedance and inductance, in reality
with a real MM phono stage it will be quieter by a fair margin at
high frequencies than typical MM. (Grado's are an exception).

For a typical MM noise at high frequencies is determined by the 47K
loading resistor due to internal inductance decoupling the typical
~ 1K source impedance at low frequencies.

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