You've run some pretty fancy MC's, but the _______ MM cartridge really impressed me

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The My Sonic Lab Hyper MC in my main system/turntable offers great detail. But with that wealth of detail, it also offers plenty of body. But I’m sure there will be trade offs for a HO cart in this price range. So with that, I’m just looking for something tonally communicative, with amply body. My Charisma (wood/ruby cantilever) denon 103 has some real mojo for an MC under $1000. So it will be interesting to see if I can find this with a HO cart.

I have Grado MM Mono, no hum.

My friend had a Grado MM Stereo, it hummed. Steve at VAS gave him the clue that many Grado cartridges hum.

Goldring: I heard their Eroica MC LX 0.5mv low output which needs signal boost.

I have not heard, but I suspect their High Output version, same Gyger 2 stylus also sounds terrific. 2.5mv output uses MM phono input, no signal boost needed.


Stanton 881s mkii


I found an NOS example on Reverb. Lovely, balanced, great sounding cartridge and my ears are very much attuned to the ‘modern’ MC sound. The only drawback was the mounting scheme which involves old, hardened nylon pieces that appear to be untapped. Other than that, a very worthwhile cartridge.