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wrenchone 4th May 2004 04:51 AM

Cartridge for Kenwood KD2055
 
I recently picked up a Kenwood KD-2055 belt drive turntable. I want to replace the cartridge, and have the choice of an Ortofon OM-series cartridge or a Sumiko Blue Point, both of which I already own. I'm also thinking of buying a Grado Red or Silver cartridge. Which of these would be most compatible with the existing tonearm?

wrenchone 5th May 2004 04:05 AM

I've nixed the Ortofon cartridge, since it is a DJ-type with spherical stylus. That leaves my choices between my Sumiko Blue point (old style) and a Grado Red or Silver cartridge. I'm leaning toward ordering the Grado. However, I understand that the tone arms on the older Japanese turntables may have a fairly high effective mass. If so, I need to know if the compliance of the Grado cartridges is compatible. If anyone has direct experience with the Kenwood KD-2055, please fess up...

wrenchone 23rd May 2004 11:08 PM

I finally decided to get a Grado Gold, and the sound is gorgeous - it's the best cartridge I've ever owned. I'm hearing a lot of extra inner detail in records I've had for 20 years. A special favorite is Mozart's flute and harp concerto and his clarinet concerto. This particular record is an old London Stereo Treasury chestnut that probably I probably bought for $1.99....

Contemplated improvements - Sorbothae feet, and a different mat. Has any one had any experience with the "most excellent mat"?

el34guy 3rd September 2008 04:41 AM

KD-2055 Grado Gold
 
Hi Wrenchone,,

Do you still have this setup? Im trying to get mine dialed in right and need the cartridge setup for the headshell adjustment information.

Mark

vaughn 6th September 2008 05:13 AM

I'll chime in as I am also curious...

I just picked up a KD-2055 at a thrift store sans cartridge for $7.50. It seemed
solidly built and I would like to find a cartridge for it that is as cheap as possible!(In keeping with the price I paid for the turntable and the fact that I will probably be buying $.50 records)

wrenchone 6th September 2008 06:21 AM

It's not the best TT in the world, but it's ok. I would treat it at least to a Grado Black. I have a Grado Gold on mine. I had all sorts of ambitions when I first got mine to get a better mat, etc, but thst hasn't happened yet. What I really need to do is to take the alignment disk that came with my test record and get the cartridge trued up.

el34guy 8th September 2008 03:58 AM

Where did you get your test record at? I need to true my cartridge up too. How do you like the grado gold? Any thoughts on trying the new Ortofon 2m red or something?

Thanks for replying to a threads thats as old as this, I really appreciate it.

Mark

sreten 8th September 2008 11:04 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by vaughn
I'll chime in as I am also curious...

I just picked up a KD-2055 at a thrift store sans cartridge for $7.50. It seemed
solidly built and I would like to find a cartridge for it that is as cheap as possible!(In keeping with the price I paid for the turntable and the fact that I will probably be buying $.50 records)

Hi,

Beer budget : http://cgi.ebay.com/Audio-Technica-A...parms=72%3A635|39%3A1|66%3A2|65%3A12|240%3A1318&_trksid=p3286.c0 .m14

:)/sreten.

vaughn 8th September 2008 03:34 PM

thanks for the reply sreten!

I have a Shure M97xe on the way, hopefully it will be a decent match.


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