Rega Bias 2 Moving Magnet Cartridge – Excellent quality.

Very good upgrade for the rp1. This was brought as part of the performance kit for a rp1. It replaces the carbon cartridge and wow there is a massive difference in performance. It was easy to fit but you will need to be paient and careful unlike a previous reviewer.

Fitted to a rega arm on an original thorens td160 beautiful clarity and accurate tracking. All this and handmade in england, what more could you want?.

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Slight hum p/up on my kit,rega planar 3. Nice sound on linn genelec setup,quite particular on setup.

Fitted to a rega arm on an original thorens td160 beautiful clarity and accurate tracking. All this and handmade in england, what more could you want?.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Good quality sound all round good upgrade !
  • Excellent quality.
  • Quite a good phono cartridge but

This was a straight-forward replacement for a bias 1 cartridge on my rega planar 2 turntable. Except for the body colour – which was green and is now red – everything is the same and it was therefore very simple to remove one and install the replacement. New fixing bolts and nuts, along with a new allen key, are provided with the new cartridge in case they are needed. I have put it through its paces (including a 1985 45rpm extended single that some outfits don’t handle well) and can’t say i noticed any difference from the replaced bias 1 cartridge. That is to say, it did well. So i didn’t want to notice a difference, did i?.

Good quality sound all round good upgrade . Arrived 2 days after ordering. I am new to changing a cartridge. First off be carful in removing the 4 cables off the old cartridge as the are very delicate. Once off, the old cartridge unscrews easy. I fitted this to a flexton vinylplay turntable as its the same as the regs p1. One i attached the new cartridge. Not so fiddly as you think just a steady hand needed. I set this up at manufactures 1. At the front i set it up direct centre at the groove of the needle inline with the centre of the first hole of the tone arm. I tightened it up and played my first album.

Very good upgrade for the rp1. This was brought as part of the performance kit for a rp1. It replaces the carbon cartridge and wow there is a massive difference in performance. It was easy to fit but you will need to be paient and careful unlike a previous reviewer.

Quite a good phono cartridge but. Quite a good phono cartridge but, misses out on the last two stars. Because, it just sounds a bit on the lean side. Good points, warm sounding cartridge with good midrange, good stereo separation. Weak points, sibilance and splatter, could be better on the higher frequencies. If you are looking for a good budget cartridge (or better) then look elsewhere or maybe check out audio technica’s at95e or goldring’s elektra.

This was a straight-forward replacement for a bias 1 cartridge on my rega planar 2 turntable. Except for the body colour – which was green and is now red – everything is the same and it was therefore very simple to remove one and install the replacement. New fixing bolts and nuts, along with a new allen key, are provided with the new cartridge in case they are needed. I have put it through its paces (including a 1985 45rpm extended single that some outfits don’t handle well) and can’t say i noticed any difference from the replaced bias 1 cartridge. That is to say, it did well. So i didn’t want to notice a difference, did i?.

Slight hum p/up on my kit,rega planar 3. Nice sound on linn genelec setup,quite particular on setup.

Good quality sound all round good upgrade . Arrived 2 days after ordering. I am new to changing a cartridge. First off be carful in removing the 4 cables off the old cartridge as the are very delicate. Once off, the old cartridge unscrews easy. I fitted this to a flexton vinylplay turntable as its the same as the regs p1. One i attached the new cartridge. Not so fiddly as you think just a steady hand needed. I set this up at manufactures 1. At the front i set it up direct centre at the groove of the needle inline with the centre of the first hole of the tone arm. I tightened it up and played my first album.

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Ortofon 2M MM Moving Magnet Cartridge : Punches Well Above It’s Weight

Re-discovering my records again with this red hot beauty. . I replaced my ageing ( but still very good ) shure vst v cartridge with the ortofon due to not being able to get a replacement stylus for the shure ( i’ve since bought the excellent shure m97xe mm catridge as a backup ). Its a cartridge that demands you run it in for at least 5 hours to give of its best but its not difficult to install and get tracking properly. My first listening impressions ( using a project rpm 5. 1 turntable ) were that it has a very detailed midband but was slightly lacking in warmth and there was less bass power than i’m used to hearing. The treble was bright and dynamic but if pushed can sound brittle. However, it markedly improved after using it intermittently for over 5 hours. The slightly brittle treble, cold midband and underpowered bass was replaced with a beautifully coherent, detailed and dynamic yet subtle presentation regardless of what music i played. Tonally it’s neutral and even handed. It’s not as warm and friendly as the shure m97xe nor does it have the shure’s bass clout but it has a more accurate balance.

Fab stylus, the best i’ve brought so far, and sounds great.

Ortofon 2M Red MM Moving Magnet Cartridge

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Simply brilliant, y pay more?. I have a linn lp12 record player and i did think about paying more for a cartidge than the ortofon 2m red which others seems to offer more sound for your money but after a long think i went for this one and was blown away when i tested it out. I saved myself a packet and got great sound for so little. Totally happy with the product and the dealer.

Bought this as a second choice to a blue from another company which didnt arrive. Relatively easy to set up and a very nice sound, seems to pick up all the details on the record. Sounds bright but warm, i have read other reviews which say it sounds too sharp on vocals but mine sounds very nice even at high volume. I honestly cannot see what major improvements i could get with a more expensive cartridge. The reason i didnt give five stars is it does not come with an ortofon fitting guage which i had to buy seperately.

Very good fast delivery 5 star.

Ortofon 2M Red MM Moving Magnet Cartridge : If you were thinking about spending £120-£140 then by all means consider the very fine at120’s or denon 110’s but if you’re looking for a first decent upgrade on the cheap cartridge that came with your turntable look no further. Rega offer an upgrade package for their rp1 turntables that includes the rega bias 2. The 2m red is a much superior cartridge to the entry level bias and appears as if it was designed with rega tonearms in mind. Fitting and aligning on my rega planar 2 took me just under 15 minutes. It fitted flush with the end of the tonearm and the captive screws meant i only needed two hands rather than the usual three. After running in, i found the sound very suited to my arcam system and probably wouldn’t recommend it for the thrash metal fan. The top end is slightly “rolled off” but it displays an excellent informative mid band and good controlled base. Surface noise is minimal and tracking superb which makes playing old vinyl particularly rewarding. There’s an upgrade path to the 2m blue by changing the stylus as these both have the same cartridge body.

Bought to replace an aged ortofon vms20e as styluses are becoming hard to get. Also looked at the shure m97xe but it was quite expensive at the time. Relatively easy to set up thanks to those threaded screw holes. The specs say it is quite high compliance (20 cus) and it seems to work well with my set up i. Sme 3009 series two pickup arm (light weight) and thorens td160b mkii. Noticably more bass than the vms20e but a bit less detail – sounds great with stuff like dark side of the moon. Punk does not sound as rough and edgy as with the vms20e. I’m no expert and don’t have much to compare it with, but playing other styles like classical or folk as well, it seems like a good all rounder and it is an enjoyable cartridge to listen to.

Serious sonic improvement. . Really improved the sound of my project turntable. Much more depth, delicacy and musicality. In fact it sounds much more expensive than it costs.

Majority would probably feel this delivered top end. For my pro-ject debut 3 deck this is realistically the top end cartridge. Anything more would be limited by the turntable so i could not resist the temptation to ‘max out’ my setup. I am not at all disappointed with the results. The system is sounding sweet and all my vinyl has the extra life being extracted out of it. I am not going to pipe on with superlatives regarding bass mids & top end. All i will say is that if you can afford to do it & your set up warrants the extra sprinkling of upgrades then try one of these. I had mine fitted professionally and believe this is the right thing to do as you won’t want to ruin the life & precision of this needle through bad alignment. The proper equipment used to do this alignment can run into the £10,000’s, a good hifi dealer will usually sell you the cartridge & complete the alignment for £100 all in tops. I would also recommend some good rubber isolation pads for the speakers, and the record deck.

I put it on my technics sl1210 mk2. I know another person has provuded a very in depth review about this cart on his same turntable but was nit very happy. I downloaded a protractor from the vinyl engine and set it up with 1.

I borrowed a good quality dj cartridge from a friend. After being initially sceptical that a new cartridge would make much more than a subtle difference to sound quality, i borrowed a good quality dj cartridge from a friend, and noticed an instant change. Following on from reviews of cartridges in a similar price range, i opted for the ortofon 2m red. This has moved the sound quality on again,and although slightly more expensive than some of the other options, seems to me an excellent product.

Punches well above it’s weight. This cartridge performs well beyond its price point. I say that as a purchaser of such products for almost 40 years. The balance is on the bright side of neutral, but not to the point of harshness or sibilance. It does however take a good couple of weeks use to break in and settle down. The comment about surface noise is valid during the initial period of use but soon settles down, and it ultimately checks out well in that area. It is a very tollerant cartridge in all respects but i would be wary of it in a system with treble problems. At the other end of the spectrum it offers a tight and detailed bottom end with impressive weight. In the middle it is open and with a good (but not outstanding) stereo presentation. The tracking is good, with good end of side performance.

Honest and dynamic budget cartridge. I bought the 2m red to replace a 23 year old shure m95ed. The sound is very different. The shure has a tendancy to be warm and velvety where the 2m red is far more neutral. The shure was lovely to listen to but not entirely honest whereas the 2m red just tells it like it is with great clarity and dynamics. I cant say i’ve tried many mm cartridges but this has to be a bargain. Easy to install (as the body is threaded so you only need the mounting bolts and no fiddly nuts) although heavier and bigger than the shure. I wouldn’t have thought you could go far wrong with this or do better at this price.

After not replacing my cartridge for many years due to the drop in frequency of playing vinyl, the purchase of 4 new lps encouraged me to invest. Having used a variety of cartridges in the past, i decided to keep with a manufacturer i knew, and after some investigation decided to invest in the ortofon, and am i glad that i did. I use a rega 3 turntable which is a bit fiddly to fix a cartridge, but having set it up correctly (using an alignment protractor) and setting the tracking weight to the maximum recommended i gave it a whirl, and the difference compared to the sound before was remarkable. After a few hours use, i reckon the sound improved more as it became ‘worn in’. For a budget cartridge, i consider this ortofon excellent and recommend it, but remember as it’s an elliptical stylus, correct setting up is essential.

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Ortofon 2 m for LP cell MM – Amazing quality at a fantastic price point

Amazing clarity and balanced sound. I got fed up with my rega exact sounding wooly, too bassy, not enough treble so i forked out for an ortofon 2m black. Fitted it to my rega rp6 after sorting out the arm height. Wow, no more wooly bass, instead it was clean, precise strong. Treble was there and the detail was simply what i expected from my rp6 and this cartridge. It’s not even run in yet too.

Sounds great – a definite improvement on the ortofon omb 10. . I read several reviews that advised replacing the supplied cartridge on the thorens td 190-2 turntable with the ortofon 2m blue and i was somewhat dubious that i would be able to hear any difference, but having now fitted one, i do think the sound is ‘better’ – albeit in ways that i would struggle to put into words. Maybe ‘increased resolution’ would be a good way to describe it – i find i can discern more of the individual sounds that go into forming the overall soundscape. Some albums that previously sounded rather ‘muddy’ now come across much more clearly to my ears. A cartridge like this increases the price of the turntable by about 30%, so does it sound 30% better?. Well, ‘no’, i would have to say, but i suppose since the sound was pretty good to start with, the cost of each incremental improvement is bound to be high. Fitting the cartridge was easy – 10 or 15 mins max. It comes with screws and a small screwdriver and you will need some tweezers or thin pliers to attach the cables.

Wonderful cartridge without spending a fortune. I already had the 2m red and having bought a second record deck for another room, installed and set up the cartridge, and was impressed. So impressed that i did some research on the web and hi fi magazines and thought the 2m blue had the right balance of cost and quality. After trying two hi fi shops including my local dealer, they were out of stock and was quoted 3 weeks for delivery. Amazon came to the rescue (again ), and i had a brand new 2m blue delivered within less than 24 hours to my door. I must be getting better at setting up cartridges,- this one was installed within about 15 minutes using my sensitive tracking weight roksan scales (never trust the tracking weight gauges on pickup arms unless you have sme or equivalent, they are all inaccurate). The view from above looks as though the cartridge fixing screws are not in alignment in my headshell, (ie slightly twisted or rotated), but this is to enable the cartridge to be properly aligned relative to the groove. So don’t think the screws have to be equally spaced from the top, use proper protractors for alignment, it pays dividends. Putting on a record told me it was an improvement straight away over the 2m red. More and tighter bass and a smoother and more detailed treble which was very apparent. Here are the specifications for the Ortofon 2 m for LP cell MM:

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A revelation in sound reproduction. . I’ve been a longstanding fan and user of ortofon cartridges for over 30 years. I also have and used the same turntable and arm for 32 years, so i can speak with some authority about how different ortofon cartridges sound and perform. , i use a syrinx leone tonearm, which at the time it was produced was known to be a ‘difficult’ arm to match. What i’ve discovered over the years, is that means you cannot hope to stick any old cartridge onto it (including cheap ortofon cartridges, which i’ll talk about later), and not expect a good tonearm to quickly show up a cartridges shortfalls. The one thing about ortofon cartridges , moving magnet and moving coil, is that they are relatively simple to fit. They use a two screw system, which has been simplified in the 2m series, by screwing directly into the cartridge body, so gets rid of those fiddly nuts i first encountered with the vms 10, 20 and 30 series (variable magnetic shunt). My previous cartridge was the 2m red, the bottom end of this range. It uses an elliptical stylus, and i found it to be an excellent entry level cartridge for when i decided to dig out my turntable and set it up again three years ago. Its a solid performer, but after two years i decided that instead of replacing the stylus, i’d do a complete upgrade to the 2m black.

Fitting the ortofon 2m blue cartridge to a rega rb300 arm (on an old planar 3 turntable) was easy with the kit provided plus the rega alignment protractor downloaded from the vinyl engine website. The cartridge is tall (18mm from top to stylus tip) so i fitted a rega vta 2mm spacer to raise the arm base. Some posts on audiophile websites suggest 3-4mm vta adjustment may be required to perfectly level the arm, but for several reasons (e. Rigidity, interior height of the lid) i stuck with 2mm. After playing a selection of albums (just a few hours of use), the ‘out of the box’ performance of the cartridge has been excellent. It sounds great to my ears with a clear detailed sound throughout the range and the nude stylus tracks beautifully.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Sounds great – a definite improvement on the Ortofon OMB 10.
  • 2M Bronze is a stunning cart!
  • A revelation in sound reproduction.

High frequencies are clipped compared to an at440. However, it is more involving than the at. But, not worth the extra £45 considering the excellent detail retreival and superior tracking of the at. Onwards and upwards, 2m bronze next. Said to be far superior in every way, and well worth the extra £100. Will sell the blue to someone wanting a ‘digital’ presentation.

Amazing quality at a fantastic price point. Having used this cartridge/stylus for the past year, i thought i’d give it a review on amazon. Previously, i have used the ortofon om5 and om10, and i must say that for the price, they perform their function rather well. The detail you get from the ‘entry level cartridges/stylus’ is obviously not as good as the ones at a higher price point. The 2m surprised and shocked me: at this price point i was not expecting this performanceafter installing it on my project debut sbiii (something which, i must say, is rather scary as the cabling is very fragile), i played kate bush’s ‘sensual world’ (from audio fidelity, 180g virgin vinyl) and i was blown away by the detail, depth, and overall quality of sound that i was listening to. The vocals were crisp without sounding ‘clinical’, the detail of the bell tolling in the background and the wind were clearly audible (something which was muddled with the previous carts/stylus). I then played kraftwerk’s ‘computer love’ (180g remastered version) and again, the results were not short of spectacular. All the electronic detail in kraftwerk’s tracks was brought back to life, with glorious bass and incredible definition in sound. Lastly, i played antony and the johnsons ‘cut the world’ (180g audiophile pressing). Needless to say the results were, again, amazing.

2m bronze is a stunning cart. Upgraded to the ortofon 2m bronze from the 2m red on my pro-ject esprite sb and the difference was instantly evident even without the bronze being burnt/run in, and with each play the bronze continues to tighten up and sound even sweeter. Sound wise the detail that the bronze can pull from the grooves is amazing, i can literally hear quieter parts and background sounds that i couldn’t make out on my old 2m red, the highs and lows have really tightened up and sound as clear as a bell while the midrange has a warmer clarity to it. I would highly recommend the 2m bronze to anyone thinking of upgrading from a 2m red/blue or equivalent.

I have the opposite opinion to the 1 star reviewer of this item. I now realise that it was the limitations of my grado gold cartridge that was producing the sibilance on some of my more demanding records, particularly the “andy fraser band” lp. Other records which i perceived to have had “groovewear” have nothing of the kind and now sound distortion-free using the 2m black (with a rega rb303 tonearm). I don’t have or need a microscope but i do have ears and a brain.

Wonderful cartridge without spending a fortune. I already had the 2m red and having bought a second record deck for another room, installed and set up the cartridge, and was impressed. So impressed that i did some research on the web and hi fi magazines and thought the 2m blue had the right balance of cost and quality. After trying two hi fi shops including my local dealer, they were out of stock and was quoted 3 weeks for delivery. Amazon came to the rescue (again ), and i had a brand new 2m blue delivered within less than 24 hours to my door. I must be getting better at setting up cartridges,- this one was installed within about 15 minutes using my sensitive tracking weight roksan scales (never trust the tracking weight gauges on pickup arms unless you have sme or equivalent, they are all inaccurate). The view from above looks as though the cartridge fixing screws are not in alignment in my headshell, (ie slightly twisted or rotated), but this is to enable the cartridge to be properly aligned relative to the groove. So don’t think the screws have to be equally spaced from the top, use proper protractors for alignment, it pays dividends. Putting on a record told me it was an improvement straight away over the 2m red. More and tighter bass and a smoother and more detailed treble which was very apparent.

Well, still early days, but despite a slightly ‘light’ sound in these first few hours there is no sign of mis-tracking or sibilance with this 2m blue. Not a bright or ‘shouty’ cartridge at all, not even through yamaha ns1000m’s. It is, in my opinion, a well behaved cartridge and one which reminds me of another great cartridge i had the pleasure of owning, the denon dl 304. It doesn’t have the weight of a klyde nor the incredible vocals or ‘atmosphere’ of a koetsu, but it’s a mm and at a 10th of the price of the entry level koetsu i would say for what this cartridge does it should be considered a bargain and i would recommend it, even if surface noise may be slightly higher than with some other cartridges. Mounted on an lp12 with ittok lv11 using valve pre and power amps.

A very pleasing cartridge, and a great upgrade from the 2m red. . I purchased the 2m blue stylus to upgrade the 2m red that i had set up on my pro-ject debut carbon for several years. I realised that the sibilance and general inner groove distortion i was experiencing with the red was not acceptable to my tastes, and that by many accounts in dedicated forums, sibilance and igd are absolutely not things that you *always* have to get used to and accept with vinyl playback. It was something of a leap of faith for me to buy the blue stylus, not knowing for sure if it would magically cure or drastically reduce the issues i was hearing. You can imagine how pleased i was to find that indeed it *did* drastically reduce those issuesthe blue stylus is undeniably a better tracker – a significantly better tracker – than the red, at least for the two red styli i ever used, because without changing any alignment parameters since my original baerwald alignment of the red, the blue stylus performed so much better straight out of its box. I was very impressed, and a little surprised. Not only that, but the blue seems to have a much more ‘restrained’ presentation, such that while it may not sound as ‘alive’ or ‘dynamic’ as the red, it nevertheless presents a very controlled, authoritative soundstage, rather than trying to blow you away. I think the problem with the red is that it tries to impress with sheer clout, without having the tracking ability to actually do that without severely messing up with high-frequency, high-energy information. From the red to the blue, bass is more present and tight, vocals sound more present and ‘sweeter’, and highs are more controlled and less ‘splashy’. Doubtless, there are better trackers out there – but they will probably usually cost significantly more if they aren’t the at 440 mla.

High frequencies are clipped compared to an at440. However, it is more involving than the at. But, not worth the extra £45 considering the excellent detail retreival and superior tracking of the at. Onwards and upwards, 2m bronze next. Said to be far superior in every way, and well worth the extra £100. Will sell the blue to someone wanting a ‘digital’ presentation.

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Ortofon 2 m for LP cell MM : Sounds great – a definite improvement on the OMB 10.

I upgraded from a 2m red to a 2m blue in a project debut espirit sb turntable. Results using the red had been startlingly good for a £425 turntable, but from previous experience i knew the benefits that can come from a nude mounted stylus, such as the one used on the 2m blue. I wasn’t tempted to spend significantly more on the bronze, partly because i listen more to cd’s and partly because the budget red was so good out of the box that the incremental benefits would be small without buying a much more expensive turntable. Initially, the blue sounded awful, no treble and really murky with a booming bass, but it only took a few hours for the cartridge to ‘sort itself out’. I would describe the differences between the red and blue as follows:the 2m red is a startlingly good budget cartridge, excellent tonal balance and dynamics, individual instruments are clearly defined with good detail. The blue is very slightly brighter and more dynamic, but it’s real talent is in delivering improved detail and sound stage. On one classical album the acoustics of the recording venue were clearly defined on the blue, but almost missing on the red. The individual instruments were also more clearly defined than the already excellent red.

Very impressed with this cartridge. Very impressed with this cartridge. I had the ortofon om 3e before, which i thought sounded pretty good but after having this for several years, it was time for an upgrade. Having read the reviews, i decided on this one and i’m so pleased i did. The detail coming from my records now is amazing, music and vocals sound crystal clear and alive and bass is really strong and tight. This cartridge is very easy to install too but you do have to be extremely careful when disconnecting the wires from the old cartridge, they are very fragile indeed. Over all i am very happy with my purchase, it looks good and sounds great.

Ortofon 2 m for LP cell MM

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  • Output voltage: 5mV bei 1kHz, 5cm/sec.
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  • Frequency range: 20-31.000Hz

Amazing quality at a fantastic price point. Having used this cartridge/stylus for the past year, i thought i’d give it a review on amazon. Previously, i have used the ortofon om5 and om10, and i must say that for the price, they perform their function rather well. The detail you get from the ‘entry level cartridges/stylus’ is obviously not as good as the ones at a higher price point. The 2m surprised and shocked me: at this price point i was not expecting this performanceafter installing it on my project debut sbiii (something which, i must say, is rather scary as the cabling is very fragile), i played kate bush’s ‘sensual world’ (from audio fidelity, 180g virgin vinyl) and i was blown away by the detail, depth, and overall quality of sound that i was listening to. The vocals were crisp without sounding ‘clinical’, the detail of the bell tolling in the background and the wind were clearly audible (something which was muddled with the previous carts/stylus). I then played kraftwerk’s ‘computer love’ (180g remastered version) and again, the results were not short of spectacular. All the electronic detail in kraftwerk’s tracks was brought back to life, with glorious bass and incredible definition in sound. Lastly, i played antony and the johnsons ‘cut the world’ (180g audiophile pressing). Needless to say the results were, again, amazing.

Extremely good and arrived on time.

Very impressed with this cartridge. Very impressed with this cartridge. I had the ortofon om 3e before, which i thought sounded pretty good but after having this for several years, it was time for an upgrade. Having read the reviews, i decided on this one and i’m so pleased i did. The detail coming from my records now is amazing, music and vocals sound crystal clear and alive and bass is really strong and tight. This cartridge is very easy to install too but you do have to be extremely careful when disconnecting the wires from the old cartridge, they are very fragile indeed. Over all i am very happy with my purchase, it looks good and sounds great.

Ortofon 2 m for LP cell MM : Excellent upgrade to my music collection. Bought this to replace an ortofon red cartridge. It’s taken a few weeks to fully realize the benefits. Instruments somehow seem more musical, more “real”, acoustic guitars seem to “ring” and have greater clarity. The overall sound seems to be coming from a larger space with a sense of three dimensions. For instance, keyboards on mike oldfield’s “islands” seem to be way off in the distance (way behind the mountains) providing a backdrop to the more immediate percussion and guitars, gradually the keyboards grow closer as if you are moving through the vista. Surface noise is virtually non existent with good quality vinyl. The music has greater warmth and clarity – musicality if you will. I never new vinyl could sound this goodthe normal price for this unit is around £290.

Ortofon bronze – objective, neutral cart. Ortofon bronze – nice cartridge. Lends some extra insight and clarity, but we’re talking small percentages here. Oddly, on my system i really enjoyed red cartridge on bronze body – go figure, but the combo added a sense of warmth that was welcome. I characterise the bronze as objective and clean sounding. By way of example, if i compare a modern record pressing with a high resolution file (ie likely the same source) they are astoundingly close. This may or may not be to your liking, but suffice to say there is very little additive with the bronze, it just does its job without fanfare.

Great sounding cartridge, noticeable increase in sound quality from my 5e supplied with the turntable.

Brilliant sound stage, very wide and deep. And fills in the middle stage better than the red.

This monkey’s gone to heaven.

Hi fi moving magnet cartridge. Very detailed and delicate treble and good bass with an highly musical presentationhighly recommended for the money and far better sounding than my old linn k9 which would be in a simlar price bracket if it was still manufactured.

High frequencies are clipped compared to an at440. However, it is more involving than the at. But, not worth the extra £45 considering the excellent detail retreival and superior tracking of the at. Onwards and upwards, 2m bronze next. Said to be far superior in every way, and well worth the extra £100. Will sell the blue to someone wanting a ‘digital’ presentation.

Well, still early days, but despite a slightly ‘light’ sound in these first few hours there is no sign of mis-tracking or sibilance with this 2m blue. Not a bright or ‘shouty’ cartridge at all, not even through yamaha ns1000m’s. It is, in my opinion, a well behaved cartridge and one which reminds me of another great cartridge i had the pleasure of owning, the denon dl 304. It doesn’t have the weight of a klyde nor the incredible vocals or ‘atmosphere’ of a koetsu, but it’s a mm and at a 10th of the price of the entry level koetsu i would say for what this cartridge does it should be considered a bargain and i would recommend it, even if surface noise may be slightly higher than with some other cartridges. Mounted on an lp12 with ittok lv11 using valve pre and power amps.

A very pleasing cartridge, and a great upgrade from the 2m red. . I purchased the 2m blue stylus to upgrade the 2m red that i had set up on my pro-ject debut carbon for several years. I realised that the sibilance and general inner groove distortion i was experiencing with the red was not acceptable to my tastes, and that by many accounts in dedicated forums, sibilance and igd are absolutely not things that you *always* have to get used to and accept with vinyl playback. It was something of a leap of faith for me to buy the blue stylus, not knowing for sure if it would magically cure or drastically reduce the issues i was hearing. You can imagine how pleased i was to find that indeed it *did* drastically reduce those issuesthe blue stylus is undeniably a better tracker – a significantly better tracker – than the red, at least for the two red styli i ever used, because without changing any alignment parameters since my original baerwald alignment of the red, the blue stylus performed so much better straight out of its box. I was very impressed, and a little surprised. Not only that, but the blue seems to have a much more ‘restrained’ presentation, such that while it may not sound as ‘alive’ or ‘dynamic’ as the red, it nevertheless presents a very controlled, authoritative soundstage, rather than trying to blow you away. I think the problem with the red is that it tries to impress with sheer clout, without having the tracking ability to actually do that without severely messing up with high-frequency, high-energy information. From the red to the blue, bass is more present and tight, vocals sound more present and ‘sweeter’, and highs are more controlled and less ‘splashy’. Doubtless, there are better trackers out there – but they will probably usually cost significantly more if they aren’t the at 440 mla.

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Ortofon 2M Bronze Moving Magnet – Top notch. Nice upgrade from 2M Red

Well, still early days, but despite a slightly ‘light’ sound in these first few hours there is no sign of mis-tracking or sibilance with this 2m blue. Not a bright or ‘shouty’ cartridge at all, not even through yamaha ns1000m’s. It is, in my opinion, a well behaved cartridge and one which reminds me of another great cartridge i had the pleasure of owning, the denon dl 304. It doesn’t have the weight of a klyde nor the incredible vocals or ‘atmosphere’ of a koetsu, but it’s a mm and at a 10th of the price of the entry level koetsu i would say for what this cartridge does it should be considered a bargain and i would recommend it, even if surface noise may be slightly higher than with some other cartridges. Mounted on an lp12 with ittok lv11 using valve pre and power amps.

A revelation in sound reproduction. . I’ve been a longstanding fan and user of ortofon cartridges for over 30 years. I also have and used the same turntable and arm for 32 years, so i can speak with some authority about how different ortofon cartridges sound and perform. , i use a syrinx leone tonearm, which at the time it was produced was known to be a ‘difficult’ arm to match. What i’ve discovered over the years, is that means you cannot hope to stick any old cartridge onto it (including cheap ortofon cartridges, which i’ll talk about later), and not expect a good tonearm to quickly show up a cartridges shortfalls. The one thing about ortofon cartridges , moving magnet and moving coil, is that they are relatively simple to fit. They use a two screw system, which has been simplified in the 2m series, by screwing directly into the cartridge body, so gets rid of those fiddly nuts i first encountered with the vms 10, 20 and 30 series (variable magnetic shunt). My previous cartridge was the 2m red, the bottom end of this range. It uses an elliptical stylus, and i found it to be an excellent entry level cartridge for when i decided to dig out my turntable and set it up again three years ago. Its a solid performer, but after two years i decided that instead of replacing the stylus, i’d do a complete upgrade to the 2m black.

A very pleasing cartridge, and a great upgrade from the 2m red. . I purchased the 2m blue stylus to upgrade the 2m red that i had set up on my pro-ject debut carbon for several years. I realised that the sibilance and general inner groove distortion i was experiencing with the red was not acceptable to my tastes, and that by many accounts in dedicated forums, sibilance and igd are absolutely not things that you *always* have to get used to and accept with vinyl playback. It was something of a leap of faith for me to buy the blue stylus, not knowing for sure if it would magically cure or drastically reduce the issues i was hearing. You can imagine how pleased i was to find that indeed it *did* drastically reduce those issuesthe blue stylus is undeniably a better tracker – a significantly better tracker – than the red, at least for the two red styli i ever used, because without changing any alignment parameters since my original baerwald alignment of the red, the blue stylus performed so much better straight out of its box. I was very impressed, and a little surprised. Not only that, but the blue seems to have a much more ‘restrained’ presentation, such that while it may not sound as ‘alive’ or ‘dynamic’ as the red, it nevertheless presents a very controlled, authoritative soundstage, rather than trying to blow you away. I think the problem with the red is that it tries to impress with sheer clout, without having the tracking ability to actually do that without severely messing up with high-frequency, high-energy information. From the red to the blue, bass is more present and tight, vocals sound more present and ‘sweeter’, and highs are more controlled and less ‘splashy’. Doubtless, there are better trackers out there – but they will probably usually cost significantly more if they aren’t the at 440 mla. Here are the specifications for the Ortofon 2M Bronze Moving Magnet:

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  • Type: MM
  • Fixing: Half-inch mount
  • Output voltage: 5mV bei 1kHz, 5cm/sec.
  • Amplifier-connection: Phono MM
  • Frequency range: 20-29.000Hz

Very impressed with this cartridge. Very impressed with this cartridge. I had the ortofon om 3e before, which i thought sounded pretty good but after having this for several years, it was time for an upgrade. Having read the reviews, i decided on this one and i’m so pleased i did. The detail coming from my records now is amazing, music and vocals sound crystal clear and alive and bass is really strong and tight. This cartridge is very easy to install too but you do have to be extremely careful when disconnecting the wires from the old cartridge, they are very fragile indeed. Over all i am very happy with my purchase, it looks good and sounds great.

Amazing clarity and balanced sound. I got fed up with my rega exact sounding wooly, too bassy, not enough treble so i forked out for an ortofon 2m black. Fitted it to my rega rp6 after sorting out the arm height. Wow, no more wooly bass, instead it was clean, precise strong. Treble was there and the detail was simply what i expected from my rp6 and this cartridge. It’s not even run in yet too.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Sounds great – a definite improvement on the Ortofon OMB 10.
  • 2M Bronze is a stunning cart!
  • A revelation in sound reproduction.

I upgraded from a 2m red to a 2m blue in a project debut espirit sb turntable. Results using the red had been startlingly good for a £425 turntable, but from previous experience i knew the benefits that can come from a nude mounted stylus, such as the one used on the 2m blue. I wasn’t tempted to spend significantly more on the bronze, partly because i listen more to cd’s and partly because the budget red was so good out of the box that the incremental benefits would be small without buying a much more expensive turntable. Initially, the blue sounded awful, no treble and really murky with a booming bass, but it only took a few hours for the cartridge to ‘sort itself out’. I would describe the differences between the red and blue as follows:the 2m red is a startlingly good budget cartridge, excellent tonal balance and dynamics, individual instruments are clearly defined with good detail. The blue is very slightly brighter and more dynamic, but it’s real talent is in delivering improved detail and sound stage. On one classical album the acoustics of the recording venue were clearly defined on the blue, but almost missing on the red. The individual instruments were also more clearly defined than the already excellent red.

Brilliant sound stage, very wide and deep. And fills in the middle stage better than the red.

I use to have an ortofon mc supreme, and it was more ekspensive than this one, even 25 years ago. To replase it, i desided to give this one a try. At first it was not very good sounding, and after 5 hours i was regretting buying it. The sound was thin, and chould. But after 8 or 10 hours everything became just fine. The bass is greate, and every instrument is easy to hear and sound clear. And i feel, my money are vell spent.

I upgraded to this model from the 2m red. I have decent kit so i can tell the difference. For me, lower frequencies seem to have a little more extension as well as the high frequencies being somewhat more refined. I’m running this on a pro-ject debut carbon with an acryl-it platter. Delivery was swift as usual.

I upgraded from a 2m red to a 2m blue in a project debut espirit sb turntable. Results using the red had been startlingly good for a £425 turntable, but from previous experience i knew the benefits that can come from a nude mounted stylus, such as the one used on the 2m blue. I wasn’t tempted to spend significantly more on the bronze, partly because i listen more to cd’s and partly because the budget red was so good out of the box that the incremental benefits would be small without buying a much more expensive turntable. Initially, the blue sounded awful, no treble and really murky with a booming bass, but it only took a few hours for the cartridge to ‘sort itself out’. I would describe the differences between the red and blue as follows:the 2m red is a startlingly good budget cartridge, excellent tonal balance and dynamics, individual instruments are clearly defined with good detail. The blue is very slightly brighter and more dynamic, but it’s real talent is in delivering improved detail and sound stage. On one classical album the acoustics of the recording venue were clearly defined on the blue, but almost missing on the red. The individual instruments were also more clearly defined than the already excellent red.

Great sounding cartridge, noticeable increase in sound quality from my 5e supplied with the turntable.

Amazing quality at a fantastic price point. Having used this cartridge/stylus for the past year, i thought i’d give it a review on amazon. Previously, i have used the ortofon om5 and om10, and i must say that for the price, they perform their function rather well. The detail you get from the ‘entry level cartridges/stylus’ is obviously not as good as the ones at a higher price point. The 2m surprised and shocked me: at this price point i was not expecting this performanceafter installing it on my project debut sbiii (something which, i must say, is rather scary as the cabling is very fragile), i played kate bush’s ‘sensual world’ (from audio fidelity, 180g virgin vinyl) and i was blown away by the detail, depth, and overall quality of sound that i was listening to. The vocals were crisp without sounding ‘clinical’, the detail of the bell tolling in the background and the wind were clearly audible (something which was muddled with the previous carts/stylus). I then played kraftwerk’s ‘computer love’ (180g remastered version) and again, the results were not short of spectacular. All the electronic detail in kraftwerk’s tracks was brought back to life, with glorious bass and incredible definition in sound. Lastly, i played antony and the johnsons ‘cut the world’ (180g audiophile pressing). Needless to say the results were, again, amazing.

Great sounding cartridge, noticeable increase in sound quality from my 5e supplied with the turntable.

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Denon DL 110 Moving Coil Pickup System – Excellent cartridge for audiophiles

After 15 hours use i can honestly say the cartridge has changed dramatically. First few hours it sounded almost nasal and compressed but gradually it has opened out and the the depth and perspective are now more apparent. It was also rather brash to start with but is much smoother with a more rounded sound. However where it does exhibit it’s limitations is the almost ‘sucked out’ midrange with a loss of the almost floating quality of the best mc cartridges. Hey this is almost a third of the cost of my other mc cartridge and is the same price as the better mm cartridges such as the at 440 mla. Both have their plus points but the dl110 just steals it for me .

Agree with all the other reviews. Mine sounded ok straight out but is without doubt opening up all the time, becoming very natural and just playing the music without highlighting anything. The biggest thing i’ve noticed is bass is a lot more obvious. It sounds wonderful with guitars. It removed elements of igd (or whatever else was causing it) i had on a number of my records. It did sound really clear and no nosie to begin with as well although i found it started to pick up dirt quite quickly. I got a vinyl passion polymer gel to dunk the stylus in which has instantly helped return it to no noise and keep it that way. I also have it fitted to a rega planer 3. I was replacing an at95 (which replaced my linn k9 which i also really loved) and faced the same issue of the old cartridge pins being bigger so i had to slightly close up the arm wires.

Easily better than my previous ortofon mcii which was more. Currently partnered with a (now 18 year old) gyrodeck – this cartridge really as a lovely sound – very clear and bright without being too harsh. Output is slightly high for an mc cartridge so if your phone stage is very sensitive this might be a problem but i guess you can move to mm if needed. Easily better than my previous ortofon mcii which was more expensive. Here are the specifications for the Denon DL 110 Moving Coil Pickup System:

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  • Type: MC-HO
  • Fixing: Half-inch mount
  • Output voltage: 1,6mV bei 1kHz, 5cm/sec.
  • Amplifier-connection: Phono MM
  • Frequency range: 20-45.000Hz

You won’t be disappointed. . Just buy it, my word what a cart. I have it on a rega rp1 and it is just beautiful. When it breaks in a bit i am sure it will sound even better.

Now, i just listen to the music. My system includes a lenco 75, a rega 250 arm with s/s stub and counterweight and a musical fidelity xlps phono amplifier. The denon dl110 cartridge took about 20 – 30 hours to bed in, but then produced wonderful music. I no longer think about my system, i just listen to the music it produces. More musical than my goldring 1040/42’s. Would need something like a dynavector 10×5 to better it, in my experience.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • A tale of happiness and bad luck.
  • 10 hours and it seems to have settled in fine. So far I’ve been impressed with its performance
  • Excellent cartridge for audiophiles

A tale of happiness and bad luck. . My set-up: rega planar 3 + rb300 arm. Nad 3120 amp and kef c10 speakersbased on the many very positive reviews here, from people obviously more capable than i am at discerning the finer points of hifi performance, i decided to buy the dl110. It has brought a great deal of musical clarity to a range of lps (mainly from the 1980s/90s). I was hoping for something a little warm and not too clinical, and i am very happy with the overall balance. It has brought my old music back to being a real pleasure to listen to. My 13 year old son was so fascinated by the sound that he became quite interested in the whole process of selecting an lp, taking it from its sleeve, then cleaning the lp prior to listening. I was proud to see him take this interest (and put his iphone down for 30 mins or so).

I bought this cartridge six years ago and the five star review is in the context of the price i paid at the time, around £50, at which it was an absolute steel. I have a 1982 vintage rega planar 3 with the old s shaped arm. When my existing rega moving magnet cartridge wore out, i researched the internet to find a good match. This cartridge was top of the list and it has been a revelation. The space and clarity which a mc cartridge provides over a mm is immediately apparent. Although the output is less than with a mm, this will not be a problem with a decent amplifier. Another plus point is that it is not that fiddly to install, compared with some cartridges. Highly recommended , in association with the right partnering equipment and if you can find a good price.

For an upgrade from m/m to moving coil this is a good first step. The overall sound is clearer and deeper/more sound dug out from the grooves. Having tried various tracking weights i settled on 1. 7 as the best for my set up. Also as it is a high output m/c cartridge you do not need a phono amp to run it , if you dont want to that is.

The second one purchased for a diferent deck. . All really good sounding cartridge on retro decks that can be used as a moving magnet so no step up is required.

Suprisingly good cartridge don;t overlook due to price. Superb value cartridge, initially fiddly to fit onto the tonearm, and adjustment is critical, the cartridge comes with a plate to increase its weight for applying the correct downforce, i found this unnecessary on my tonearm, but i do have 2 counterweights. The stylus shield is best removed has it vibrates and can be heard has slight edginess and hardness to the sound, once removed care is needed not to damage the stylus assembly. I was not expecting the sound of this cartridge to be as good as it is, its budget price is not a guide to the sound quality of this little device. Plugged into a mm stage the sound is a little quieter than a mm cartridge, but the definition and tone of the music coming out of my speakers is brilliant. Voices are clear and well defined, acoustic instruments appear to be in a space around the speakers, electronic instruments sound clear and the engineers intentions are easily defined. Bass is well defined and tuneful, midrange and treble well defined and open in character, all this before any running in. Perhaps not as dynamic as the best, and the low 1. 6 v output could be problematic for lesser phono stages. Considering the price, this cartridge has to be considered a bargain.

For an upgrade from m/m to moving coil this is a good first step. The overall sound is clearer and deeper/more sound dug out from the grooves. Having tried various tracking weights i settled on 1. 7 as the best for my set up. Also as it is a high output m/c cartridge you do not need a phono amp to run it , if you dont want to that is.

A tale of happiness and bad luck. . My set-up: rega planar 3 + rb300 arm. Nad 3120 amp and kef c10 speakersbased on the many very positive reviews here, from people obviously more capable than i am at discerning the finer points of hifi performance, i decided to buy the dl110. It has brought a great deal of musical clarity to a range of lps (mainly from the 1980s/90s). I was hoping for something a little warm and not too clinical, and i am very happy with the overall balance. It has brought my old music back to being a real pleasure to listen to. My 13 year old son was so fascinated by the sound that he became quite interested in the whole process of selecting an lp, taking it from its sleeve, then cleaning the lp prior to listening. I was proud to see him take this interest (and put his iphone down for 30 mins or so).

After 15 hours use i can honestly say the cartridge has changed dramatically. First few hours it sounded almost nasal and compressed but gradually it has opened out and the the depth and perspective are now more apparent. It was also rather brash to start with but is much smoother with a more rounded sound. However where it does exhibit it’s limitations is the almost ‘sucked out’ midrange with a loss of the almost floating quality of the best mc cartridges. Hey this is almost a third of the cost of my other mc cartridge and is the same price as the better mm cartridges such as the at 440 mla. Both have their plus points but the dl110 just steals it for me .

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Audio Technca At120eb Cartridge/0 : Set up and settle back

Crisp clear detailed sound quality. Crisp clear sound quality, as quality cartridges go this is not to expensive (not that it’s cheat) but gives excellent performance, so much better than i expected, stereo seems wider than cd and great detailed sound, forgot just how good records could sound.

Best purchase i ever made 🙂 fast shipping.

Audio Technca At120eb Cartridge/0.3×0.7 Mil Biradi

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  • Type VM Dual Magnet Mounting 1/2′ centers Frequency Response 20 – 25,000 Hz Channel Separation 28 dB (1 kHz) Output Channel Balance 1.0 dB (1 kHz) Output Voltage 4.0 mV (at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec) Vertical Tracking Angle 20° Vertical Tracking Force Range 1.0 to 1.8 g (standard 1.4 g) Stylus Shape Elliptical Stylus Size 0.3 x 0.7 mil Stylus Construction Nude Round Shank Cantilever Aluminium Pipe Coil Impedanc
  • e 3,200 ohms (1 kHz) Coil Inductance 490 mH (1kHz) Static Compliance 35 x 10-6cm dyne Dynamic Compliance 10 x 10-6cm / dyne (100Hz) Recommended Load Impedance 47,000 ohms Recommended Load Capacitance 100-200 pF Weight 6.5 g Dimensions 17.3 (H) x 16.0 (W) x 28.2 (L) mm Replacement Stylus ATN120Eb Accessories Included Non magnetic screw driver; Anti-static stylus brush; Two 8 mm installation screws; Two 5 mm installation scr
  • ews; Two hexagonal nuts; Two round nuts; Four washers

If you have a audio technica lp120 turntabeyou really, really must get one. I bought an audio technica lp120 turntabe which i was happy with, but not blown away with the sound. There was just something missing, my high res player sounded better than vinyl, fuller with better stereo separation. Anyway i gave the standard cartridge some time without much improvement, and decided to push the button on the at120eb. It was then i realised that i have changed a few stylus’s in the very distance past, but never a cartridge. So, after some research and using the audio technica turntable protractor set up, wow what a complete transformation. This cartridge brings out highs and lows, stereo separation and detail, that i heard on high res, but never truly focused my hears. Rounded, warm sound, absolutely lovely. For sure there will be more expensive, even better cartridges out there, but i can’t see how anyone with a reasonable audio set up could possibly be disappointed in the at120eb. Supplier service was brilliant also.

Ignoring the endless debating of the audiophile forums, i replaced the factory fitted cartridge on a denon dp300f with this. Take the time to carefully install it and align it – refer to your turntable manual and use a tt protractor- and the rewards are evident from the off. Rich and detailed sound and absolutely no distortion on my set up.

Great item and price quick delivery 00%.

Audio Technca At120eb Cartridge/0.3×0.7 Mil Biradi : I am using this stylus on a stock systemdek iix 900 which i have owned since 1990/1 and is my main turntable. I have found this to be the best cartridge i have used, easily beating ones 3 times the price. My vinyl goes from original pressings of deep purple, genesis, csn&y and the eagles to recent artists such as the rag’n’bone man, the decemberists and bear’d den. The cartridge just handles it all without a problem.

A great sounding product, easily fitted to replace k9 on my linn. Quality is easily comparable, and i am very happy with the sound.

Great all-round replacement cartridge.

I read before buying th at120eb the sound is amazing great bass and smooth sound i’m still lying back. I just reseved mine to day and i hasve to say the reviews i read before buying th at120eb the soundis amazing great bass and smooth sound i’m still lying back to the great tonealphonsus.

A great sounding product, easily fitted to replace k9 on my linn. Quality is easily comparable, and i am very happy with the sound.

Great all-round replacement cartridge.

Either it was done or the at 120 is that good. I’ve just got back into vinyl. After a lot of studying reviews i decided to buy this cartridge to replace my elektra goldring. Either it was done or the at 120 is that good. I’ve just got back into vinyl,so i’m enjoying listening to it and comparing the sound to cd. I believe this cartridge needs about 20 to 30 hours usage till it’s at its best,well i’m looking forward to that moment as it sounds excellent already. The biggest compliment i can give it is,the way it makes me want to sit and listen to all my record collection. Now to stock up the fridge with beer for tomorrow(friday) night,and get ready for the long night ahead.

Love this cartridge with my ath lp120.

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Shure M44-7 Turntablist Cartridge – Highly recommended

I purchased an audio technica atlp120 usb turntable that came fitted with an audio-technica at95 cartridge. This worked well but seemed rather underpowered compared to the cartridge/turntable combination i had owned previously. After reading many reviews and forum discussions, i decided to buy a shure m44-7, along with another audio-technica headshell (of a different colour). I wasn’t disappointed, both bass and treble gained more emphasis, and output from the cartridge seemed higher. The resulting sound was punchier and more satisfying, i was pleased that i made the change, but have kept the original cartridge/headshell combination as a good back up.

Very pleased so far with the sound quality of old rock and roll. My old records sound are revitalised. I hear things i have never heard before. Only setback was to fit the cartridge and especially the wires were not very flexible and connectors broke. My old technica cartridge e110 wires fitted smoothly though.

I purchased an audio technica atlp120 usb turntable that came fitted with an audio-technica at95 cartridge. This worked well but seemed rather underpowered compared to the cartridge/turntable combination i had owned previously. After reading many reviews and forum discussions, i decided to buy a shure m44-7, along with another audio-technica headshell (of a different colour). I wasn’t disappointed, both bass and treble gained more emphasis, and output from the cartridge seemed higher. The resulting sound was punchier and more satisfying, i was pleased that i made the change, but have kept the original cartridge/headshell combination as a good back up. Here are the specifications for the Shure M44-7 Turntablist Cartridge:

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  • Type: MM
  • Fixing: Half-inch mount
  • Output voltage: 9,5mV bei 1kHz, 5cm/sec.
  • Amplifier-connection: Phono MM
  • Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz

By far the best cartridge and head shell available. By far the best cartridge and head shell available. I used these for years of scratching and needle dropping. The last pair had a shelf of 12 inches collapse on them and still worked. 100 percent recommended to any budding turntablist and pros alike. I could go on but i won’t it’d get boring.

An absolutely fantastic cartridge. . I was looking for an inexpensive cartridge to put on to my 1970’s hitachi ps-48 turntable. I read review after review regarding cartridges that fitted my budget. This is one of three turntables i use daily and would be mainly used to play my older records. Well after much deliberation i finally went for the shure. It took around five days for it to arrive from italy. The thing that first impressed me when i opened it up was the inclusion of not only the fixing screws and screwdriver but a complete set of four wires that fit in the headshell and connect the cartridge. When i finished fitting it which was a reasonable easy task i noted that the weight setting was 3gramms, this is certainly heavier than any cartridge i have used in the past, but i went along with what the instructions stated and set it so. I then tried my test record. George bensons double best of album.

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  • An absolutely fantastic cartridge.
  • Incredible product!
  • Fantastic upgrade from Stanton 500 carts

Love retro that why i prefer a more traditional cartridge to the more popular concorde style when playing my vinyl.

Excellent value and a great sound production at this reasonable price.

Fantastic upgrade from stanton 500 carts. I’ve been using some soundlab twin decks (technics 1200 clones) that we acquired some time ago using stanton 500 type cartridges that had come with them. It was only when a stylus failed that i started reading more online about the different cartridges available, and that genuine stanton 500 styli were no longer being made and that many of those on sale online were either fakes or were generic carts and poor quality. This worried me because i didn’t want to damage my records, some of which are worth a lot more than my decks put together and i was concerned that it would be a false economy to stick with dodgy clones that might do more harm than good. So, i started researching online and after careful consideration, i decided to plump for a shure m44-7 cartridge and stylus for playing my collection which is mainly 7′ singles – including northern soul and 60’s stuff right through to current indie music. I was slightly concerned that it might be tricky to fit. There are two screws holding the cartridge in place to the headshell, and then four coloured wires that connect the cartridge to the headshell (and therefore to the stylus). However, these are all colour coded and are the ‘pull off pull on’ variety. There is no soldering involved (which is a relief as i have never soldered anything in my life). In the event, the cartridge was dead easy to fit to my technics style headshell – all the tools you need are included in the package including a tiny screwdriver and i was able to simply pull the old cartridge out of the existing four wires and then reuse the existing wires on the new cartridge (they just push on to their respectively coloured fittings on the cart.

Excellent value and a great sound production at this reasonable price.

The best needles out there – nothing else comes close for use with serato in my humble opinion.

This product is very good material and excellent design, as well as the evaluation and quality on the market, i feel very good. Seller emailed me to check if i received the item and asked me idea for improvement. These amazed me & so perfect for my projects.Thanks this is exactly what i wanted i will definitely order more. They are very great excellent product, works great. Will be buying more for gifts for my sisters.

Sounds great and works well. Better than the shure whitelabel cartridge/needle i am currently using on my other turntable as the output level is higher. I did find it really fiddly trying to fit this onto my existing headshell though so i prefer the shure whitelabel in that respect (as the headshell, cartridge and needle are one unit).

Always loved the way great care has been taken in the. Arrived on time, very safely packaged. Always loved the way great care has been taken in the packing design to ensure the cartridge and stylus arrives unscathed. The sound quality always amazes me after installing them onto my turntable – you simply cannot compare these to ortofon products. There’s just a whole new level of volume and ‘width’ when you plug one of these things in.

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NAGAOKA MP 110 Moving Magnet Cartridge – A very fine sounding cartridge. Check it out!

Love it relaxed,, like the artist is there. You can feel the emotion and passion. It’s really soothing, relaxing. What i wanted out of vinyl not a dreadful cd sound like a lot of cartridges (ie ortofon 2m red.

Fantastic mmc replaced the already decent stock one on my rega planar 1, lovely deep bass and good highs, altogether a very full stagesound.

Satisfied as cartridge performed as expected from reviews of it. Here are the specifications for the NAGAOKA MP 110 Moving Magnet Cartridge:

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  • Produces crystal clear clarity over every sound frequency
  • Up-to-date modern construction materials
  • Fluidity across the frequency spectrum
  • Separates every detail
  • Full dynamic range

Just gets better with use – crisp clean sound across all ranges.

Beats all the mm ortofons. . Been with this for a couple of years now and it is faultless. Heavier bass for classic rock and detailed but not too much for electronica – hides the pops and crackles better than any ortofon mm.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Beats all the MM Ortofons.
  • A very fine sounding cartridge. Check it out!
  • MP 110 vs Ortofon 2M red

Satisfied as cartridge performed as expected from reviews of it.

Nagaoka mp110 cartridge is simply the best. Other users have said their piece and i just want to add mine. This is simply the best cartridge i’ve ever used. Supremely well balanced from the lowest to the highest with a fullness of sound that adds a touch of conviction to the sound without showing off. That’s some statement from someone who has only ever endorsed the vinyl medium and numerous top rated cartridges in almost 40 years of listening to music. Buy with supreme confidence.

Reasonable sound for the price.

Fantastic mmc replaced the already decent stock one on my rega planar 1, lovely deep bass and good highs, altogether a very full stagesound.

Given the similarity of pricing between the mp 110 and the ortofon 2m red i think its probably worthwhile offering my thoughts and comparisons having just replaced a 2m with the nagaoka on my rega. Having owned a 2m red for a couple of years i have to disagree with comments regarding its ‘over-analytical’ nature. The 2m is a very fine first upgrade cartridge. It has a refined sound, solid bass and its slightly ‘rolled-off’ top end, contrasting sharply with its bigger brother 2m blue which offers an almost cd- like sound. In short, it is an extremely good-looking, easy to fit cartridge, that gives a controlled performance across all genres of music. My first impressions of the mp110 were firstly its classic square style but nonetheless nice looks. Despite not having the captive screws of the 2m it was again easy to fit and set up. Initially listening to a familiar recording like fleetwood mac’s rumours i felt the output of the nagaoka was below that of the ortofon and i found myself increasing the volume on my arcam fmj a19 amp to compensate. That said, the nagaoka offered a much fuller bass and a very musical and involving mid band.

Lovely mellow soundstage even fresh out of the box. Midrange extremely detailed, individual voices and instruments firmly located. Even on very familiar tracks, i now hear new voices and instruments that i have never noticed before.

Beats all the mm ortofons. . Been with this for a couple of years now and it is faultless. Heavier bass for classic rock and detailed but not too much for electronica – hides the pops and crackles better than any ortofon mm.

Ngaoka mpa110 mooving magnet cartridge. . Excellent quality cartridge – tracks beautifully – wonderfull sound quality / tracking abilities – q true ordiaphile component – highly recommended.

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Audio Technca At440mlb Cartridge / Microline – Superb cartridge, but be careful how you mount it.

Superb cartridge, but be careful how you mount it. . Other reviews have covered how good this cartridge is, but a word of warning mounting it in the headshell. When i mounted mine it sounded awful. It wouldn’t track properly and the distortion made it impossible to listen to. I assumed it was faulty and removed the headshell and noticed the screws were pushing the stylus away from the cartridge. Mount the cartridge as shown in the pic with the screws coming up through the cartridge unless you have short enough screws.

Bought as an upgrade for my old rega elys and what a difference. Smooth, clear sound with no evidence of being over bright, just a lovely neutral reproduction of my favourite music. Just need to raise my cueing arm as the cartridge is raked at an angle so extends much lower from the headshell than my previous cartridge. Then i will try out the older lps in my collection to see how they sound.

Hi-res can wait, vinyl replay still has a lot of life left. . The vinyl revival bug has bitten me very hard which is why, in an age where hi-res digital sound is about to be the standard by which all other audio will be judged, i have spent £130 on this cartridge. Well, i can honestly say it is worth every penny. It replaced a very good ortofon 2m red cartridge and is installed on a still excellent project rpm 5. 1 turntable which demonstrated there’s a lot of audio life left in this old record spinner. In comparison to the red, the at440mlb reveals greater lower level detail, improved dynamics, wider frequency range with a deep plus more articulate bass and a clearer, extended treble. Its midband never sounds congested, too forward or excessively bright, nor is there a lack of vibrancy or punch. It had to be used continuously for 2 days to reach its full potential but it was worth it. It was a little tricky to install on the project tonearm using the screws/nuts supplied and it tracks best at 1. Once done all inner groove distortion is banished and it doesn’t exaggerate record blemishes either. Vinyl replay still has a lot of life left in it as this cartridge shows, the hi-res sound future will have to be especially good for vinyl to become obsolete. Here are the specifications for the Audio Technca At440mlb Cartridge / Microline:

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  • Type: MM
  • Fixing: Half-inch mount
  • Output voltage: 4,0mV bei 1kHz, 5cm/sec.
  • Amplifier-connection: Phono MM
  • Frequency range: 20-25.000Hz

Just like its predecessor – an at120e – has a fantastic. Just like its predecessor – an at120e – has a fantastic detailed sound. Having aligned it using the ‘stevenson arc protractor’ for rega turntables (download free from www. Com), there is virtually zero inner groove distortion. Although the at120e is great, the at440mlb is in a different league, and copes better with older worn records.

You won’t get better for the money. For 150 quid you get a lot of excellent sound for your money. Similar manufacturers will be charging nearly double for a similar sounding cartridge. Very clear with good well defined treble. Very little inner groove distortion and on clean records, almost silence between tracks.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Superb cartridge, but be careful how you mount it.
  • Hi-res can wait, vinyl replay still has a lot of life left.
  • Outstanding Upgrade

This cartridge was a disappointment to me after many years of using the classic shure v15 and ortofon vms cartridges (which are now almost impossible to get good replacement styli for unless you spend a fortune, hence my decision to try another route). Despite all the glowing reviews i have read, the 440mlb sounds to me rather clinical and incapable of communicating a considerable and crucial part of the emotion included in musical performances, whatever the exact technical reason might be for this. It simply doesn’t engage me and draw me into the music the way i am used to, but leaves me rather cold and sometimes even bored. Also, it seems to be lacking in the very low frequencies, i don’t find it fast enough, and spaces between notes are not reproduced distinctly enough in my opinion, causing small but crucial, emotional details in the performance to be somewhat blurred out. Apart from that, the cartridge works perfectly, tracks beautifully, sibilance issues are handled very well etc. However, that in itself just isn’t good enough compared to what i’m used to. Admittedly, part of the reason might be that my turntable doesn’t match this cartridge well. It does have quite a light arm. I read on the internet that the at440mlb would be well-suited to medium to light arms, as the one i use, but that was just someone’s personal opinion.

Careful system matching required. . Project carbon esprit, rothwell rialto phono stage, cyrus 6a used as preamp, yaqin mc13s valve amp (psvane valves), tannoy revolution dc6t se floorstanders. All cables qed reference 40. If your system already sounds bright, this is not the cartridge for you. With decent valve amplification, tonally its perfect for me. No igd or sibilance whatsoever. Ive also tried it with my linn lk85 power amps and it was definitely too bright. I can thoroughly recommend for valve amps or warm ss amps. Ive just bought a second one for future use, as these excellent cartridges are set to sky-rocket in price due to no longer being manufactured. At £128 they are an absolute steal.

Mounted in an sme 3009 series 3 arm this cartridge is an absolute joy to listen to, to my ears everything is just as it should be, crystal clear not overbright treble, forward midrange, and tight driving bass. I have never had such a surefooted catridge, and i include shure v15 in that statement, never a hint of mistracking even at the dreaded last track. This just has to be one of the best value for money cartridges available. It certainly breathed new life into my vinyl collection.

This is a long and detailed story but hang on in there. I began my return to vinyl just before christmas (2015) when i bought a fixer-upper dual cs505-3 which only needed a small amount of tlc and came with it’s original dual branded ortofon om20e equivalent cartridge. This was ok, never great and i suspect the stylus was quite worn but replacements are prohibitively expensive so i lived with it for a while but never getting the kind of sound i was hoping for. There was a lot of sibilance and inner groove distortion (igd), records basically sounded worse and worse as the stylus progressed to the centre. The alignment was fine according to all methods of measurement but i could just not get a great sound. Fast forward a few weeks, i acquire a nice cheap but fully functional technics sl-1200mk2. This did not come with a headshell or cartridge but luckily i had an old audio technica ms-8 headshell so i was able to mount the dual cartridge and get it going. Unfortunately, the results were much the same and no matter what i tried, i could not seem to achieve an alignment which gave a satisfactory result, time for a new cartridge i figured. As i was only planning to sell the technics on after a clean up, i wanted a cheap cartridge just to pass on with the turntable.

The 440mla for the money is the best tracking cartridge on the market. The 440mla for the money is the best tracking cartridge on the market. It’s actually superior at tracking inner grooves than some cartridges 4 or 5 times more expensive. Anyone who listens to vinyl will know about the curse of inner groove distortion. The 440 eliminates this curse completely. Sibilance can still occur on badly pressed or damaged vinyl but that is not the cartridges fault. The tonal balance of this cartridge is on the ‘bright’ side. However, it is possible to eliminate any harsh top end by changing the cartridge loading if needed to suit your ears. Many phono stage let you change a cartridge loading to alter frequency response of a cartridge. You can google this and it will explain all the science that i don’t understand or can explain very well.

They say this cart can be too bright, i don’t agree at all. It’s crisp and clear with extended lows and highs, but never ever harsh. Very punchy, engaging, with adequate soundstage and tracks like no otherit makes me appreciate music againit’s hard to find better choices at the same price level.

Would recommend this product. . Pleased with the sound quality.

Hi-res can wait, vinyl replay still has a lot of life left. . The vinyl revival bug has bitten me very hard which is why, in an age where hi-res digital sound is about to be the standard by which all other audio will be judged, i have spent £130 on this cartridge. Well, i can honestly say it is worth every penny. It replaced a very good ortofon 2m red cartridge and is installed on a still excellent project rpm 5. 1 turntable which demonstrated there’s a lot of audio life left in this old record spinner. In comparison to the red, the at440mlb reveals greater lower level detail, improved dynamics, wider frequency range with a deep plus more articulate bass and a clearer, extended treble. Its midband never sounds congested, too forward or excessively bright, nor is there a lack of vibrancy or punch. It had to be used continuously for 2 days to reach its full potential but it was worth it. It was a little tricky to install on the project tonearm using the screws/nuts supplied and it tracks best at 1. Once done all inner groove distortion is banished and it doesn’t exaggerate record blemishes either. Vinyl replay still has a lot of life left in it as this cartridge shows, the hi-res sound future will have to be especially good for vinyl to become obsolete.

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