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Old 5th April 2008, 03:44 PM
Gerry Gerry is offline
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Default Re: Cheap Cartridges


Some figures:

Moving Coil
Output (1Khz 50 mm/sec)mv
Freq Response 20Hz - 75kHz
Output Impedance 40 ohms
Load Impedance > 100 ohms
L/R Separation 1kHz > 28db
L/R Balance 1kHz< 1db
Stylus Tip 0.07 x 0.1mm Special Elliptical
Dynamic Compliance 14 x 10-6cm/Dyne
VTF 1.2 +/- 0.2gm
Mass: 7gm

(Remember Denon do their Compliance figures at 100Hz rather than 10Hz)

More info on all cartridges can be found here:
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Old 6th April 2008, 10:25 AM
Richard Richard is offline
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Default Re: Cheap Cartridges

Thanks Gerry, that's a brilliant site, not seen it before

It has both 160 and 304 data and the 304 is both heavier and more compliant than the 160 so should be better if anything for my arm.

Someone else had a resonance query a bit back and I see that if you click the compliance or output box on the cart spec it brings up a table for arm/cart resonance, or an output calc after entering the preamp gain. Phono3 is 45dB MM plus 20 or 26 dB for the MC TXs. The result there is that I'll have a bit more output with the 304 and x10 TXs than at the mo with 160 into MM, which will be good again.

So, will get it ordered and let you know how it goes.

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Old 6th April 2008, 07:53 PM
smithy smithy is offline
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There are still the Pickering XV15 on ebay at £69.99 with two free styli,I need cheap at home in case the cat jumps on the turntable.I use mine on a 401 with SME 3012 into Heed Questar MM straight into a Crown K2 ,a lot of the older vinyl sounds chronic but new 45s sound awesome.
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Old 7th October 2013, 03:41 PM
ImDreamer ImDreamer is offline
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Thanks for link , it's really useful .
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Old 21st April 2015, 01:13 PM
Murray77 Murray77 is offline
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Very useful thread! Thanks!
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