[MPA] More Vinyl the right way.

Gregg Gorrie ggorrie at telus.net
Tue Feb 25 13:02:03 PST 2003

on 2/24/03 7:43 PM, David Crandon at tdc at attbi.com wrote:

> Hi Lukas,
> I'm a little more confused now as to what you are after...
> You want a cartridge with "umph" and "kick"? What do you mean by that?
> You said in your original post you want something that is of high
> quality. I would think you would want a cartridge that does not color
> your sound. Most decent cartridges have flat freq response. In fact,
> while I haven't followed the audiophile market real close lately, I
> wouldn't think there are any cartridges on the market that would
> purposely color freq response.

Well, in theory I guess so, but like most transducers (mics, speakers) each
type (ceramic, moving coil, magnetic, etc.) has it's own special
characteristics which also vary from model to model. For example, a
cartridge designed specifically for "scratching" would emphasize durability
and resistance to skipping. An "audiofile" Hi-Fi cartridge would focus more
on flat accurate frequency response and stereo separation. The design is a
really a set of compromises, and sound does vary from model to model.

Lukas, do a Google search on "turntable cartridges" and you'll have lots to
explore. If I find a definitive site that gives comparative reviews, I'll
let you know ... and hopefully you'll do the same.


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