Need help setting up new turntable

I am hoping to get some quick tech advice here. I just purchased a new to me Rega Planar P6 with an Aria MC cartridge. Got a killer deal btw. I am at a loss though as I have an Adcom GFP 555 and I am not sure if it is really going to be compatible with this MC cartridge. There are two switches on the back one will switch between Lo MC and MM/High MC. The other switch is the capacitance setting and the choices are 55 175 and 235. At first read through I thought I had it figured out but now I am totally confused. The specs on the Ania cartridge isn’t matching up. Is this GFP 555 even compatible? Or am I opening a can of worms and diving down a rabbit hole?

some advice and direction is greatly appreciated here. 



Do you mean ANIA MC cartridge? We just need the exact cartridge you have.

Your Adcom Phono Stage will work,

it has MM Input (Moving Magnet);

it has MC  High Output Cartridge Input (same as MM Input;

It has switch enabled MC Low Output Cartridge Input (Rega Ania is MC Low Output).


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Looking at Rega's Ania cartridge information page states that the High setting be On ( used ) , 

 "Gain Setting
High (‘On’ position for Rega phono stages)"

Also If you read page 3 & 4 of the GFP555 operation manual they help explain the capacitance setting , although I suggest listening to all 3 setting and decide what sounds best to you  

Thanks guys that is what I initially thought. I got confused with the low and high settings. One was saying low the other source seemed to be saying high. The shop I was in was trying to sell me another preamp when I went back. 


Ania Output = 350 uV, (1 mV = 1000 uV)

that means ANIA output is 0.35mv, which is a LOW Output MC Cartridge. It’s coil impedance is 10 ohms, ideal load is 100 ohms.

1. use the MC LOW setting

2. Use the load closest to 100 ohms.

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I apologize for causing confusion , I looked into the Rega phono preamps and they have a high 400uV and low 200uV  setting ( for their MC cartridges )  

Use the Lo MC setting .  

I would try different settings to see what sounds best. I mean, you’re not going to blow anything up. Or at least you shouldn’t. 


If you are using the Adcom phono input it likely does not have enough gain to bring out the best sound in the Ania cartridge. Gain should be at least 60 db for the Ania..preferably 66-69 db. 

Older preamps did not have that much gain in phono stages and newer cartridges, like the Ania, require higher db levels to sound their best.