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Old 22nd December 2012, 04:35 AM   #1
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Hi,
I recently bought a Marantz 6300 on CL. This is my first foray into vinyl so please assume I know less than nothing.

When I bought it it had a Shure m97xe on it, but the guy kept it. I could get another one, but I wanted to see if anyone would recommend something else.

My two channel system is a Peachtree Nova and Troels NOMEX 164 with the tweeter adjusted to -2.0db, so it's pretty smooth and laid back already. I'm undecided on the phono pre so let's assume an MM cartridge. Oh and my budget is $100 or less, less would be nice.

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Old 22nd December 2012, 04:37 AM   #2
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Ortofon OM Super cart and OM10 stylus, its what I use. And very cheap.
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By the way, some that I was considering are the Shure above, Grado black, Ortofon 2m red, and AT95e
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Ortofon OM Super cart and OM10 stylus, its what I use. And very cheap.
Hey thanks, I'll check that out, does it lean towards one end of the spectrum, or pretty balanced? Also is it forgiving of less than perfect records?
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Ortofon OM 10 Super Phono Cartridge
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Honestly you can't go wrong with any of the above mentioned cartridges. My personal taste would rank them Ortofon, Audio-Technica, Shure, Grado, but that is just my preference. I'm sure that somebody would invert that order to suit their preferences.

Learn how to do a proper set-up and alignment. That's more important to sound quality than cartridge at that level.
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Thats it, and it looks great too.

I bought mine from http://www.turntableneedles.com/ tho.

http://www.turntableneedles.com/Orto...10_p_3938.html
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Learn how to do a proper set-up and alignment. That's more important to sound quality than cartridge at that level.
Yes, that's on the agenda. I have read that the Shure is a little more fiddly to proper setup, that's why I was a little unsure if it was for me right now.
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Ok so it sounds like there is nothing special I need to know. No special mounts or impedance or capacitance matching?
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Nothing that the Marantz user manual won't tell you, aside from get a nice tube preamp.

You might want to replace the cable coming from the turntable with a lower capacitance one, thats up to you.

Replace the capacitors in the turntable.
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