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Stanton ST-150, Cartridge/Stylus and Pre-amp recommendations?, Value-for-money, and objective performance in-mind!
JacksonGrey
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

Thanks!

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

JG.

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mixminus1
post May 12 2010, 20:27
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At the risk of getting a little OT here (although it does pertain to the OP's "finalist" cartridges), what are the practical, real-world differences in performance between moving-magnet and moving-coil?

I have a basic understanding of how each one works on a mechanical/electrical level, but as I've never had hands-on experience with a moving-coil (and only one moving-magnet, the aforementioned Shure M97xe), I'm curious as to what the actual audible differences are between the two technologies, generally speaking.


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post May 13 2010, 08:50
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QUOTE (mixminus1 @ May 12 2010, 20:27) *
At the risk of getting a little OT here (although it does pertain to the OP's "finalist" cartridges), what are the practical, real-world differences in performance between moving-magnet and moving-coil?

I have a basic understanding of how each one works on a mechanical/electrical level, but as I've never had hands-on experience with a moving-coil (and only one moving-magnet, the aforementioned Shure M97xe), I'm curious as to what the actual audible differences are between the two technologies, generally speaking.

Over the years I've owned a number of moving magnet (ADC VLM, Ortofon FF15E, Grace F1) and moving coil (Dynavector 10X, Supex 901E, Linn Asak, Linn Karma) cartridges. From this admittedly limited sample size, I'd say that as a general rule moving coils tend to have a greater sense of "drama" about the sound they make, with more timbral texture. Moving magnets tend to be more neutral and laid-back. Also, the high frequencies tend to be a bit sweeter from moving coils. That said, I've never owned a top-flight moving magnet (eg. Shure V15, Stanton 681, etc).

From a trackability perspective, moving magnets as a rule have better ultimate tracking capability. That said, very few music LPs have grooves that cause a properly set up moving coil any difficulty. It's the torture cuts on test records that trip them up.
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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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