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Stanton ST-150, Cartridge/Stylus and Pre-amp recommendations?, Value-for-money, and objective performance in-mind!
post May 9 2010, 23:44
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Hey everyone,

Following your advice in my previous thread on a record player, I finally purchased a Stanton ST.150 (the one with the kinked arm). It was in my price range, and seems to have solid reviews.

With this in mind, I'd appreciate some advice on the following:

I need to get a new cartridge/stylus and a pre-amp. I figure I have 100 for all 3 of these, and I don't mind buying second hand where appropriate - so probably not the cartridge?

Would anyone care to lend some advice on which cartridge is a good, affordable choice for this record player? As for the pre-amp, I'm aware that the price (but not necessarily the EQ accuracy) of these devices rises exponentially, so does anyone know of an economical, high quality (perhaps pro-audio?) pre-amp to use with this record player? Same goes for the cartridge - I don't want to spend heaps on snake-oil, but I'd like to get an objectively proficient model.

Any advice is appreciated. smile.gif


Edit: I should probably add that this record player will be used solely for listening, not DJ'ing/scratching/etc. Furthermore, I'm looking for uncoloured playback, so I'm not too keen on any device which introduces its own EQ/tonal characteristics, as I suspect many of these audiohile solutions do... wink.gif


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post Sep 14 2012, 19:24
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I bought an M97XE a few years ago. I don't have experience with any of the other carts mentioned here, but I've been very impressed with the M97XE's performance. Several reviews have mentioned that high frequencies roll off a bit, which I think is true. When comparing vinyl rips I've done to the CD versions, it seems to have a few dB less treble. This doesn't bother me at all though. It's perfectly listenable as-is, but turning the treble knob up a notch or two matches the sound to CD quite well.

I'm uncertain how much of that is due to inherent limitations of the vinyl format, potentially different masters between CD/vinyl, or my pre-amp which is several decades old and of uncertain quality. But just looking at cartridges, the Shure seems to be a "sure bet" - there are certainly much worse cartridges out there. Maybe you can spend 3x more and get a marginally better cartridge, but that wrecks the bang-for-buck ratio pretty bad.

It was around $90 USD on Amazon at that time. You may want to check if that deal is still there (if they ship to UK).

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- JacksonGrey   Stanton ST-150, Cartridge/Stylus and Pre-amp recommendations?   May 9 2010, 23:44
- - DVDdoug   QUOTE I figure I have 100 for all 3 of these... I...   May 10 2010, 19:59
- - JacksonGrey   Thanks for your reply, DVDDoug. I checked the pric...   May 10 2010, 21:48
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (JacksonGrey @ May 10 2010, 21:48) ...   May 11 2010, 08:43
- - JacksonGrey   Can I also add the Cambridge Azur 540P to that lis...   May 10 2010, 23:05
- - JacksonGrey   As far as I'm aware, this turntable doesn...   May 11 2010, 11:45
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (JacksonGrey @ May 11 2010, 11:45) ...   May 11 2010, 14:29
- - RonaldDumsfeld   From the review published in Remix Feb 2004 by Jas...   May 11 2010, 14:42
- - JacksonGrey   Thanks for this info Cliveb/Ronald; the turntable ...   May 11 2010, 14:46
- - JacksonGrey   Ok guys, I've done a lot more reading/googling...   May 12 2010, 19:31
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (JacksonGrey @ May 12 2010, 19:31) ...   May 12 2010, 19:58
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (JacksonGrey @ May 12 2010, 14:31) ...   May 19 2010, 01:15
- - mixminus1   At the risk of getting a little OT here (although ...   May 12 2010, 20:27
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (mixminus1 @ May 12 2010, 20:27) At...   May 13 2010, 08:50
- - JacksonGrey   Thanks Cliveb, I think I'll go with the Shure.   May 12 2010, 22:00
- - mixminus1   Excellent summary, thanks!   May 13 2010, 14:20
- - chadergeist   I bought a GRADO BLUE cartridge with stylus. It so...   Sep 14 2012, 03:27
- - slks   I bought an M97XE a few years ago. I don't hav...   Sep 14 2012, 19:24

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