I am thinking to replace my sumiko amethyst with a moving coil cartridge.
Your recommendations please, to a price range of 400€ - 750€.
My tt is the technics sl1210gr & phono pre goldnote ph-10.
Thank you in advance.
PS My dealer recommends the audio technica at33ev but i a bit sceptical for aesthetic reasons.
Have a look at Dynavector…
Vaggoz, I’m intrigued here. What is it about the aesthetics that makes you think it’s not a good option?
Look at the Hana carts. I have two and find them very open and clear. One is on. P8, the other on a lp12.
I mean that the color combination of the cart doesn’t match to the rest of my system.
I know it sounds a bit weird, since we are all seeking for the optimum sound quality, but i want to keep an optical balance as well.
Hana have black, green, red, blue and one that is black with a bit of gold. Possibly price dependent though.
The hana sl gets great reviews.
Though the cartridge weight is only 5grams & heigh only 15mm.
I would probably have issues with vta & have to add extra weight to the tonearm to perform right.
I tend to listen at night with the lights out so I can’t see my gold coloured DV K17D3. I like matching stuff too but sometimes I can’t avoid a compromise.
I would also suggest a Dynavector.
Unfortunately Dynavector dv20X2 is out of my budget.
The 10x5 now comes in low output too, closer to budget. I run a 10x5 HOMC on my 1200
AT33PTG II here in a Ekos 2, Prefix K,superb sound for the money.
I too have Technics 1200sl with Rega aria and Hana sl moving coil. Exceptional sound quality would highly recommend
The AT33PTG is indeed an excellent cartridge, and exceptional value too.
Actually from a quick research i found many technics owners to use the at33ptg/ii with great results.
I wonder how one of these works on a Technics, you might need a heavy counterweight.
What think you of the aesthetics?
I know you didn’t ask me, but I’d love to give one of those a go on my 1200! Not least as I’m intrigued about cartridges that mean your loose the headshell.
It would be an expensive demo for a dealer, but the Royal N, which I think comes in both forms, would be really interesting to listen to!?
The Technics comes with additional weights, I think coping with cartridges up to 19g…
(With the big auxiliary weight)
14.3 to 19.8 g
23.0 to 28.5 g (including the
That’s for the G, I don’t know for sure for the GR
I’m finding it really difficult to understand why you would spend £1700 on a PH-10 and £1600 on a Technics sl1210gr, but a Dynavector dv20X2 at £849 is over your budget ?
The missmatch between deck, phono stage and cart budget is palpable in my mind.