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

Fill in the blank above. If you wish, feel free to mention what MC or MC's you have used. 


I was hoping there’d be some explanation of the preamplification being used, since ceramic cartridge output V is dependent upon stylus displacement not velocity. So ceramics don’t need RIAA filtering in the phono stage.


If you look at the RIAA curve, you’ll see a sort of ’flat’ spot that isn’t duplicated by the constant amplitude characteristic. So you do need some EQ. If you look at a proper ceramic phono input, you’ll usually see a network that takes care of this.

This is the same issue faced by strain gauge cartridges, although some of them are built to accommodate the RIAA curve.

@lewm  : Philips had not much sucess with its cartridges. As a fact I knew Philips on cartridges thank's to the " euphoria " to discovery new MM cartridges in that long MM thread and I found out my sample GP 412MK3 through ebay. No other gentleman before me posted northing about Philips.

Well the GP 412MK3 is really good quality performer and Philips said that the cartridge magnet is : " magnet steel " and the cartridge is a MM with an unsual low output for a MM of mere 1.3mv.

This Philips and the Micro-Acoustics is worth to listen it and especially the GP 412MK3 not so easy to find out ( I still own it. ).


My MC journey has been Clearaudio Concept MC -> Benz Wood SL, Shelter 501 with line Ruby contact, Lyra Delos, Benz Wood SL, Benz Gullwing, Benz LPS, Aidas Gala Gold.  I'm now running a Stanton 980 LZS, with a Gyger - S retipped D98 stylus.  I'd liken the Stanton's profile to "Dynamic, vivid neutrality..." if that's a thing.  I like it as much as my Aidas Gala Gold, which ever so slightly romanticizes its presentation, but it probably the most natural sounding MC of the lot I've tried.  The Stanton just seems to be so effortlessly dynamic, without adding any liberties of its own to the sound.  Of course the Stanton is a fantastic tracker, but the Aidas was no slouch in that regard either, as the Aidas tracked better than the Benz I had.  Long story shot, I'm really diggin this Stanton 980, but if I had a second arm or table I'd have the Aidas in there too.  It's all good, life is short and there are many superb cartridges.  

Thanks, Atma, but I did mention somewhere that RIAA has that shelf between 500 and 2KHz. Which would not be properly compensated by an unadulterated ceramic. Seems some of them had compensating networks built in, or not.