Phono Cartridge Reviews

Audio Technica AT-HS10 and Ortofon LH 2000 Turntable Headshells premium
Phono cartridges can make or break a turntable, but the headshell also has a not inconsiderable influence on the sound.
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Audio Technica AT33Sa premium
Ever since reviewing the Thorens TD1601 turntable, I had been thinking of fitting it with an Audio Technica AT33Sa cartridge. Now's the time to find out if it is indeed the great match that I anticipated.
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25 February 2017
Audio Technica ATN150MLX and Shure M97xE MM Phono Cartridges premium
Although both cartridges really are excellent, I am most surprised by the affordable Shure M97xE.
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25 November 2014
Benz MC Gold, ACE L and ACE LH – Mini Review premium
Benz MC Gold Used with: Michell Tecnodeck and Tecno Arm MC Gold is Benz’ most affordable product, and it seems to offer good value for money, but in terms of playback precision, it is no substitute for the brand’s dearer cartridges. Both ACE L and ACE SH have significantly better tracking which results in clearer […]
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Dynavector 10X5 MkII and DV20X2 premium
A comparison between two cartridges by the same maker that, on the surface, seem to differ only in terms of coil windings and stylus shape.
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Holbo Airbearing Turntable and Acoustical Systems Aiwon and Palladian MC cartridges premium
High-end turntables tend to be bulky, large, heavy and complex but the Holbo is none of these. This turntable has been very thoughtfully with ultimate transparency and neutrality as well as ease of use in mind.
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Nagaoka MP-150 premium
In this Mini-Review, I will be looking at the MP-150's performance using three tonearms and three Avid turntables.
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ViRa Aidas Gala Gold LE MC Cartridge premium
Highly-sophisticated, super-silent, velvety-smooth and extremely refined, the Gala Gold LE is the most revealing cartridge that I have heard so far. It's rare to hear a cartridge so very precise, so linear and so highly resolving yet with an absolute absence of dryness and with seemingly eternal decays.
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15 October 2017
ViRa Aidas Panzerholz MC Cartridge premium
Powerful, incisive and dynamic with incredible transient behavior
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29 April 2019
ViRa Aidas Rainbow MC Cartridge premium
the Rainbow cartridge has a beautiful, rainbow-like, multicolor Durawood body and uses an Adamant boron composite cantilever with a double damping system, leading to exceptional sound quality.
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30 September 2021
ZYX R50 Bloom3 premium
Even though I have found time and again that the marriage between a turntable, the arm, and the cartridge can make or break a performance, the Bloom3 worked just as magnificently with the AVID Sequel and Audio Origami PU-7 arm as with the Thorens TD1601 and its stock TP-92 arm.
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