Moving Magnet Phono Cartridges

I probably sound like a broken record (no pun intended) but I still haven’t pulled the trigger on the Hana MC cartridge.  I have been considering a moving magnet cartridge instead and have been researching.   I haven’t found many reviews of the better ones online except for users comments.  

I have been looking at the Audio Technica cartridges, Goldring and Ortofon.   I really wish I could find a Shure V15 or equivalent.  To the users of moving magnet cartridges, can you help me out or steer me in the right direction?


I recommend AT540mr all the time, it has very good channel separation and tight channel balance, both important for tight imaging. Sound 'magic' is subjective, think preferred rather than better. 

IF you could find a V15mr BODY, with broken stylus (like mine) ypu can buy this Jico stylus for V15MR body, SAS tip on boron. Very nice.

Boron and other 'stiffer' cantilevers yeild a bit tighter bass, subtle difference.

SAS tip, doubt you will hear any difference.

I used the Ortofon Black in a Pioneer PLX-1000 TT and thought it sounded great...

A lot of good ones mentioned..I am enjoying the Soundsmith Carmen mkII..  just a touch of warmth...beautiful, vivid midrange

+1 @elliottbnewcombjr on suggesting a Jico and a Shure combination


There is a Stanton 881S sans stylus for a good price on that well known classified site. This might be the sound you are looking for there is really no way to know without actually trying it. The 681 and 981 have a little more of a audiophile curve but the 881 is ruler flat and would be a great match for a DD TT espically in the bass region.

Jico has a good shibata tipped stylus and if the combo does not work out for you I would definitely be interested in purchasing the used stylus from you.

The Stanton specs are listed at the end of this catalog. Cheers


How are you going to achieve Stanton 881S specs without an OEM stylus, which I think was a Stereohedron?