Ikeda 9GSS cartridge compliance


Hi

One of the cartridges I may be interested in is the Ikeda 9GSS. The specs for the dynamic compliance is listed at 10 X 10-6cm/dyne. Does anyone know if that is rated at 10hz or 100hz? It makes a big difference. Some Japanese cartridge manufacturers usually rate them at 100hz but some also rate them at 10hz. I would like to know. 

Does anyone own this cartridge and if so what tonearm are you using it with? Thank you.

Scot
 
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Mijostyn

Thanks for correcting my compliance question. 

I also prefer a 9” arm over a 12” arm. I’m of the opinion the the 9” arms tend to have a little more energy and life. The 12” arms tend to be a little lazier (in general). 

I’m looking at a Kuzma 4point 9” arm or the 4point 11” version. It’s a tough call, I believe the 9” would sound a little better but am I willing to give up the vta on the fly that the 11” offers? Not sure.

Thanks again guys. Take care.
Scot
Mijostyn

Thanks for correcting my compliance question. 

I also prefer a 9” arm over a 12” arm. I’m of the opinion the the 9” arms tend to have a little more energy and life. The 12” arms tend to be a little lazier (in general). 

I’m looking at a Kuzma 4point 9” arm or the 4point 11” version. It’s a tough call, I believe the 9” would sound a little better but am I willing to give up the vta on the fly that the 11” offers? Not sure.

Thanks again guys. Take care.
Scot
High end prices have spiralled out of control as we all know, but $4800 for a SUT? These are passive devices with not much technology involved. The choice between copper or silver for the wiring is pretty much the only variable (in price as well as sound). There are plenty of great SUT’s on the used market at much more reasonable prices that are in no way inferior to this Ikeda. As long as you choose one with around 3 ohm as ideal input impedance and around 26-30 dB gain, it will match perfectly with your Ikeda 9. There are plenty of those around. Even the uber Audio Technica AT-1000T (silver wired, 8kg!) can be found for less than half that amount. These devices don’t deteriorate much with age (arguably, the silver wired will only improve), so no risks involved like with buying older cartridges. You can save yourself a lot of money. Or if curious buy several for the same money (or still less) and have fun comparing the results.

Compatibility with the tonearm is a much more complex affair and here the choice for the Ikeda (or older Fidelity Research FR-64/66 series) makes perfect sense. For me, the jury is still out on whether 9", 10" or 12" is preferable. I own two 10" and three 12" arms and I can’t really say there is a length determined sonic benefit either way.


Scot, you are on the right track, the 4 Point 9 is an amazing arm. Like Mike Fremer I set the SRA to 92 degrees and forget about it. VTA towers are not worth the expense. I would go with the 9. The 4 Point 9 is in my list of top 5 tonearms. 
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