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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 May 11 2010, 14:42
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From the review published in Remix Feb 2004 by Jason Blum

The STR8-150's rear panel sports a wide range of connectors that are rarely seen on the average turntable. As expected, a pair of standard RCA phono outputs is provided for basic connectivity to DJ mixers. But the similarities end there: Also included are a pair of RCA line outputs for connection to inputs that don't have phono preamps, as well as a S/PDIF jack for hooking up the deck to digital mixers or directly into digital recording devices like DAT players and computer soundcards. A switch between the phono and line outputs selects which output is active. There's also a power switch on the back panel; this is a bit of a departure from the top-mounted rotary on/off switches on other decks. All of the STR8-150's cables, including the power cable, are removable and replaceable a major improvement upon fixed cables.

Job done really. At least try it out before spending more money on replacement cartridges/styli and particularly phono preamps.

I bought a Cambridge Audio Azur 640P because I wanted to try a Denon DL-103 MC cartridge on my Technics and it was very well reviewed in audiophile mags. More fool me then when it turned out to be noisier than either my 15 year old mixer and 20 year old Kenwood receiver. I have come to the conclusion that the only affordable way to get a significantly better phono stage than the most basic is to buy one of those kits and build your own battery powered one. But I'm open to suggestions as much as the OP.
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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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