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    What cartridges are you using?

    Currently in rotation: Audioquest 7000 NSX, Zyx Airy3, Lyra Clavis DC


    Loved but not forgotten: Benz L2, Transfiguration Spirit III, Dynavector XX2, Sumiko Pearwood Celebration.
    Simon Yorke S10 | MSL Eminent GL | Channel D Lino C 2.0 | Allnic T-1500 Mk II | Muse Model Two | Innuous ZEN Mini Mk II + LPS | Avantgarde Uno Fino XD

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    What cartridges are you using?

    Benz Micro LP-S and Ortofon Cadenza Bronze.

    Considering ZYX Universe II

    Missing....my DynaVector.


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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement and Ikeda KAI
    Carlo

    Speakers: Sonus Faber Aida Analog: Clearaudio Master Innovation, Graham Phantom Elite (2), Koetsu Blue Lace Platinum and Coralstone Platinum, Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement, Zyx Universe II Premium Digital: Eera Tentation cdp Amp: Lamm M1.2 reference Pre-amp: Audio Research Ref 5se Phono Stage Audio Research Ref Phono 2se, Lamm LP2.1 Deluxe Cables​: Kubala Sosna Elation Power: Shunyata Triton V2 and Typhon(2) Racks: Critical Mass Systems







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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Benz Micro LP S & Shelter 501 III. Not sure if the next purchase will be another arm or cartridge, but, who am I kidding, it'll probably be both.

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    What cartridges are you using?

    Kev,
    You thinking about adding the optional second armboard to the amg? I have been considering this as well but may not have the space due to rack position. Would be interested in your impressions if you go that route.
    Chris

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    I have a Lyra Skala for stereo, and Miyajima Zero Mono. With a VPI, I can switch wands and cartridges in a few seconds.

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    Dig Play-Lampi Pacific, mch NADAC Roon/HQPlayer,Oppo105
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    Music-15KRecs(90%classical),1KR2Rtapes,1.5KCD's,500SACDs ,50TBripped files

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by tunes View Post
    Kev,
    You thinking about adding the optional second armboard to the amg? I have been considering this as well but may not have the space due to rack position. Would be interested in your impressions if you go that route.
    Chris
    Chris, it would be way down the track for me at the mo, I'm still high on owning an AMG & Benz

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by puroagave View Post
    Currently in rotation: Audioquest 7000 NSX, Zyx Airy3, Lyra Clavis DC


    Loved but not forgotten: Benz L2, Transfiguration Spirit III, Dynavector XX2, Sumiko Pearwood Celebration.

    They are all upside down turn them over you will get a lot more out of them.

    I have a Lyra Atlas right side up

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Benz Ruby 3
    Jim

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    Digital: dCS Vivaldi DAC, Clock & Upsampler
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    Transparent Opus Speaker Cable & Interconnects & Opus Power Cords
    Power Cords on Digital: Shunyata
    Power Conditioner - Shunyata Everest

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Lyra kleos, denon 103R in wooden body, Audio technica at33 mono, ortofon SPU 95th anniv

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    On a Basis Vector 4 tonearm.......

    Lyra Skala
    Air Tight PC-3

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    What cartridges are you using?

    On A Graham Phantom Supreme:
    Lyra Etna
    Dynavector XV-1S

    On a Michell Tecnoarm:
    Miyajima Zero (mono)

    Lyra Kleos (for sale)
    Benz Wood M
    Dan

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement. It is a huge sound.
    Steve

    Furutech Passive Power Filtering


    Speakeasy

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Benz Lps
    Caribbean Distributor of
    ARC / Sonus Faber / Wadia / Wilson / VAC / Soulution / Nordost / Shunyata / Stillpoints
    Kuzma / Focal / Resonessence Labs / ARIA / KRELL / Pro-Ject...

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by highEndguy View Post
    Benz Lps



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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    i have yet to try a Benz, think i should invest in one as many people rave about them

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny B Good View Post
    i have yet to try a Benz, think i should invest in one as many people rave about them
    +1
    Im intrigued and curious as we'll with the Benz
    Carlo

    Speakers: Sonus Faber Aida Analog: Clearaudio Master Innovation, Graham Phantom Elite (2), Koetsu Blue Lace Platinum and Coralstone Platinum, Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement, Zyx Universe II Premium Digital: Eera Tentation cdp Amp: Lamm M1.2 reference Pre-amp: Audio Research Ref 5se Phono Stage Audio Research Ref Phono 2se, Lamm LP2.1 Deluxe Cables​: Kubala Sosna Elation Power: Shunyata Triton V2 and Typhon(2) Racks: Critical Mass Systems







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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Current arm mounted carts...Koetsu Tiger Eye, Dynavector XV-1t, Lyra Olympos (mono), Ikeda 9TT mono. Sitting on the bench currently: Koetsu Coralstone, Ortofon A90, Shelter Harmony, Benz SLR.
    Source: TechDAS AF1, CA Master Innovation, UHA Phase 12-OPS-Vari-EQ RTR, PS Audio PW Mk 2 Dac & Trans Carts: Koetsu Coralstone & Tiger Eye, Dynavector XV-1t, Lyra Olympos Mono Amps: Allnic H5000 DHT phono, Pass XS pre, Pass XS-150 dual chassis mono's Speakers: Wilson Alexandria X-2.2 Cables: Nordost Odin PC, IC, Speaker Signal Grounding: Entreq Silver Tellus (2) and Atlantis Ground wires Isolation: Stillpoints Ultra series, Table Stable TS-140

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by rockitman View Post
    Current arm mounted carts...Koetsu Tiger Eye, Dynavector XV-1t, Lyra Olympos (mono), Ikeda 9TT mono. Sitting on the bench currently: Koetsu Coralstone, Ortofon A90, Shelter Harmony, Benz SLR.
    When did you put the Tiger Eye in Christian? Getting that Koetsu bug? Which arm?
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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Benz Micro Slider SL, and a new Zu Audio modified Denon 103R, which I have not played with yet.

    I will agree with the Benz being great. Are they still hard to find now? I noticed they were unavailable for awhile there.
    Amp : DIY FirstWatt M2x mono amps
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    Headphone : BHSE + Voce

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Had a Benz Ruby3 (ClearAudio table), now have Benz LPs on my AMG. Would love to hear the MC Anna in my system.
    —Bob V.

    My system: Benz LPS (new cartridge incoming!) , AMG v12 turntable with ‘12JT turbo’ tonearm’, Einstein Turntables' Choice phono-pre (dual mono version), dCS Rossini, Audio Research Ref10 pre, Audio Research REF 160M, Wilson Alexia speakers. Transparent Ref MM2 & Gen5 signal cables, Shunyata SigmaNR, AlphaNR,
    Zitron Python power cables. Shunyata Hydra Triton v3, Stillpoints. HRS. Acoustic environment optimized by Dr. Bonnie Schnitta of SoundSense.

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Myles B. Astor View Post
    When did you put the Tiger Eye in Christian? Getting that Koetsu bug? Which arm?
    I put the tiger eye on a couple of months ago when I snapped the cantilever clean off on my 200 hour old Coralstone. I should be getting that back in another week or two. I am using it on a Graham Elite 10" on the AF1.
    Source: TechDAS AF1, CA Master Innovation, UHA Phase 12-OPS-Vari-EQ RTR, PS Audio PW Mk 2 Dac & Trans Carts: Koetsu Coralstone & Tiger Eye, Dynavector XV-1t, Lyra Olympos Mono Amps: Allnic H5000 DHT phono, Pass XS pre, Pass XS-150 dual chassis mono's Speakers: Wilson Alexandria X-2.2 Cables: Nordost Odin PC, IC, Speaker Signal Grounding: Entreq Silver Tellus (2) and Atlantis Ground wires Isolation: Stillpoints Ultra series, Table Stable TS-140

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by rockitman View Post
    I put the tiger eye on a couple of months ago when I snapped the cantilever clean off on my 200 hour old Coralstone. I should be getting that back in another week or two. I am using it on a Graham Elite 10" on the AF1.
    Yes, remember that accident.

    How does it compare to the Coralstone? Seems that most of the upper echelon Koestsus nowadays use the same generator mechanism, cantilever and stylus (?save for what we discussed about the cantilever and stylus being cut from a single diamond). 'Course part of the magic is the platinum magnet like found in your Olympos too.
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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by rockitman View Post
    I put the tiger eye on a couple of months ago when I snapped the cantilever clean off on my 200 hour old Coralstone. I should be getting that back in another week or two. I am using it on a Graham Elite 10" on the AF1.
    You mean the maid didn't do it? It's usually always the maid. How did you do it Christian? I missed that story.
    Micro Seiki SX-8000 air bearing table, SME 312s arm, SME 3012R arn, Dynavector XV-1s cartridge, Lyra Etna SL cartridge, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 2 track R2R, Ampex 350 tape repros, Roon Nucleus Plus music server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6, ARC Ref 75 with KT-150s, JBL 4345 speakers, Viero Equilibro Level 3 speaker cables, and Definitive Technology Ref subs.

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Lyra Kleos !

    It's gives me everything I want.
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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    You mean the maid didn't do it? It's usually always the maid. How did you do it Christian? I missed that story.
    Yes- The Maids get a bad rap on the cartridge forums. I would say a dead heat with the Schwarzenegger mansion.

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Miyajima Zero Mono on Schick 12" arm. Ortofon MC Anna on Graham Phantom Supreme. Benz LP-S on AMG and Goldfinger statement on spiral groove.

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by fjn04 View Post
    Yes- The Maids get a bad rap on the cartridge forums. I would say a dead heat with the Schwarzenegger mansion.
    Except in HP's case where he had a plant hanging over the preamplifier and the cleaning lady over watered the plant. Ka-boom! Bye, bye ARC preamplifier!
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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Myles B. Astor View Post
    Except in HP's case where he had a plant hanging over the preamplifier and the cleaning lady over watered the plant. Ka-boom! Bye, bye ARC preamplifier!
    I can't tell you how many things my wife has ruined with plants and over-watering plants. I remember in 1978 I bought a Thorens table which I thought was the bomb until I knew better. The next day I came home from work and my wife had a plant in the middle of the dust cover. Ditto for countless speakers I owned over the years where she sat a plant on top of them and over-watered them and ruined the finish. Ah, the joys of having your own listening room! One time she had a plant on top of the TV set and she over-watered it. I turned the TV on and it blew up. I asked her if she over-watered the plant and she said no. I took the back off of the TV and water came pouring out.
    Micro Seiki SX-8000 air bearing table, SME 312s arm, SME 3012R arn, Dynavector XV-1s cartridge, Lyra Etna SL cartridge, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 2 track R2R, Ampex 350 tape repros, Roon Nucleus Plus music server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6, ARC Ref 75 with KT-150s, JBL 4345 speakers, Viero Equilibro Level 3 speaker cables, and Definitive Technology Ref subs.

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Lyra Atlas and Delos
    Dynavector XV-1S
    Ortofon A90, SPU Royal, SPU Classic E
    Denon DL-S1 and ESR ruby 103r Ebony body
    Linn Troika esc'd.
    Technics EPC1000 mk4
    Audio Technica AT 25 and OC9mk2
    Various other mm carts
    Source: Technics SP10mk3 - Thales Simplicity II, TW Raven AC-3 - Graham Phantom, SME 3012-R, Exclusive P3,,Linn LP12 - Naim ARO
    Cartridges: Lyra Atlas Lambda SL, Lyra Etna SL, Lyra Delos, Dynavector XV-1s,Technics EPC100mk4, Ortofon A90, GM Royal, GM Classic, Denon ESC'd 103R, DL-S1, Audio Technica AT25, OC9II, Linn ESC'd Troika
    Phono Stage: Accuphase C-37,TW Acustik phono
    EQ: ​DEQX HDP-4
    Preamp: conrad johnson GAT,
    Amps: conrad johnson teflon premier 8a's, D'Agostino Momentum S250
    Speakers: Wilson Maxx3

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    You mean the maid didn't do it? It's usually always the maid. How did you do it Christian? I missed that story.
    I was messing around behind the racks which is a tight space. I think I backed into it and caught it with my shirt since the Coralstone was mounted on the rear tonearm.
    Source: TechDAS AF1, CA Master Innovation, UHA Phase 12-OPS-Vari-EQ RTR, PS Audio PW Mk 2 Dac & Trans Carts: Koetsu Coralstone & Tiger Eye, Dynavector XV-1t, Lyra Olympos Mono Amps: Allnic H5000 DHT phono, Pass XS pre, Pass XS-150 dual chassis mono's Speakers: Wilson Alexandria X-2.2 Cables: Nordost Odin PC, IC, Speaker Signal Grounding: Entreq Silver Tellus (2) and Atlantis Ground wires Isolation: Stillpoints Ultra series, Table Stable TS-140

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Myles B. Astor View Post
    Yes, remember that accident.

    How does it compare to the Coralstone? Seems that most of the upper echelon Koestsus nowadays use the same generator mechanism, cantilever and stylus (?save for what we discussed about the cantilever and stylus being cut from a single diamond). 'Course part of the magic is the platinum magnet like found in your Olympos too.
    They are very close in sound character. So much so, it's hard for me to describe the differences.
    Source: TechDAS AF1, CA Master Innovation, UHA Phase 12-OPS-Vari-EQ RTR, PS Audio PW Mk 2 Dac & Trans Carts: Koetsu Coralstone & Tiger Eye, Dynavector XV-1t, Lyra Olympos Mono Amps: Allnic H5000 DHT phono, Pass XS pre, Pass XS-150 dual chassis mono's Speakers: Wilson Alexandria X-2.2 Cables: Nordost Odin PC, IC, Speaker Signal Grounding: Entreq Silver Tellus (2) and Atlantis Ground wires Isolation: Stillpoints Ultra series, Table Stable TS-140

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by rockitman View Post
    They are very close in sound character. So much so, it's hard for me to describe the differences.
    Thanks that's really interesting Christian! Love the look of the Tiger Eye!
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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Currently Mounted Carts - Kuzma CAR-50, Dynavector DV-1S Mono
    In the Bullpen - Ortofon MC Anna, Transfiguration Proteus

    Note to Myles.... If you're looking for a Cart to review, check out the Kuzma CAR-40, may be a new contender for best bang for the buck

    Wilson Benesch Eminence /Torus, CH Precision (Full Stack), Grand Prix Monaco V2.0/Thales Statement/Ortofon Century & MC A Mono, Innos/Roon, Argento Cables, Artesania/Herzan


    Martin Logan Masterpiece Renaissance ESL15A, Technical Brain TB-Zero/Int, Channel D Lino C, VPI HW-40/Fatboy(Gimball)/Audio Technica ART-1000, Rockna Wavedream DAC/NET, Organic Cables, Artesania


    Focal Utopia Headphones, Benchmark DAC3/HPA4, Kef LS50, Danacable

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by annapolis Raider View Post
    Currently Mounted Carts - Kuzma CAR-50, Dynavector DV-1S Mono
    In the Bullpen - Ortofon MC Anna, Transfiguration Proteus

    Note to Myles.... If you're looking for a Cart to review, check out the Kuzma CAR-40, may be a new contender for best bang for the buck
    Had my eye on the Kuzma a while ago. Talked to Scott (we go ways back to our TAS days) about the cartridge at CES when it was announced (see the pic in my CES Show Report). In fact think Kuzma used my pic for their website! Right now am finishing up two and then looking at a new $1400 MC coil cartridge.
    Myles B. Astor, Senior Editor, PF, www.positive-feedback.com
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    Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers, Goldmund Telos 280 amplifier, Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier, Doshi V3.0 Phonostage, VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable/VPI 12-inch gimbal Fatboy, SAT LM-12 tonearms/Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, vdH Colibri Master Signature, Sumiko Songbird, Mutech Hayabusa and Fuuga Cartridges, Technics RS1506 with low inductance Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tapestage, Transparent Gen. 5, AudioQuest Dragon Zero, Audience, Ensemble, Skogrand, MG Audio, Kubala-Sosna, Audience cables, SRA Craz rack/platforms, Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC.

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Myles - any idea who makes the Kuzma carts now? - Franc's very mysterious about the Japanese maker ("50 years experience"). I know they abandoned ZYX some years back (Thank God)

    Shodhan

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    So price be damned, what cartridge would you buy? What would be your backup cartridge?

    Ortofon Anna
    Lyra Atlas
    Koetsu Stone bodied
    Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement
    ZYX Universe II
    Vdh Colibri
    Dynavector 1t
    Kuzma CAR50
    Soundsmith Hyperion
    Air Tight Supreme
    Ikeda Kai
    Myles B. Astor, Senior Editor, PF, www.positive-feedback.com
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    Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers, Goldmund Telos 280 amplifier, Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier, Doshi V3.0 Phonostage, VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable/VPI 12-inch gimbal Fatboy, SAT LM-12 tonearms/Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, vdH Colibri Master Signature, Sumiko Songbird, Mutech Hayabusa and Fuuga Cartridges, Technics RS1506 with low inductance Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tapestage, Transparent Gen. 5, AudioQuest Dragon Zero, Audience, Ensemble, Skogrand, MG Audio, Kubala-Sosna, Audience cables, SRA Craz rack/platforms, Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC.

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobolaclune View Post
    Myles - any idea who makes the Kuzma carts now? - Franc's very mysterious about the Japanese maker ("50 years experience"). I know they abandoned ZYX some years back (Thank God)

    Shodhan
    No I don't. Sorry. Off the top of the top my head, Miura (Air Tight, etc.) or Ikeda?
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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Myles B. Astor View Post
    So price be damned, what cartridge would you buy? What would be your backup cartridge?

    Ortofon Anna
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    Koetsu Stone bodied
    Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement
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    Air Tight Supreme
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    Dynavector XV1-T

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobolaclune View Post
    Dynavector XV1-T
    +1.

    Mc Anna as a backup to the backup.


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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobolaclune View Post
    Dynavector XV1-T
    +3. I would love to upgrade my XV-1S to a T
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    Quote Originally Posted by Myles B. Astor View Post
    No I don't. Sorry. Off the top of the top my head, Miura (Air Tight, etc.) or Ikeda?
    i asked Tom Vu where his new carts are from, he would say if not for a NDA with the maker. don't you have one under review?
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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Myles B. Astor View Post
    So price be damned, what cartridge would you buy? What would be your backup cartridge?
    1) stone bodied koetsu
    2) Colibri, only because i'm curious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by puroagave View Post
    i asked Tom Vu where his new carts are from, he would say if not for a NDA with the maker. don't you have one under review?
    Peter B. has the Zeus and should be on AVShowrooms soon.

    We were going to tag team the Apollo but not sure it's in production yet.
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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    I own an AirTight Supreme and a MySonicLab Signature Gold. I slightly prefer the latter. I also have a VDH Colibri Platinum which I have not yet installed. I'm curious about the Atlas and one of the stonebodies, but for now am completely satisfied with the Supreme and Sig. Gold.

    Here is a link to my writeup comparing the AirTight to the MSL: My Sonic Labs Gold Signature VS. Air Tight Supreme with a system description in my WBF signature.

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Myles B. Astor View Post
    So price be damned, what cartridge would you buy? What would be your backup cartridge?

    Ortofon Anna
    Lyra Atlas
    Koetsu Stone bodied
    Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement
    ZYX Universe II
    Vdh Colibri
    Dynavector 1t
    Kuzma CAR50
    Soundsmith Hyperion
    Air Tight Supreme
    Ikeda Kai
    I would love to hear/own the Air Tight.

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Myles B. Astor View Post
    So price be damned, what cartridge would you buy? What would be your backup cartridge?

    Ortofon Anna
    Lyra Atlas
    Koetsu Stone bodied
    Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement
    ZYX Universe II
    Vdh Colibri
    Dynavector 1t
    Kuzma CAR50
    Soundsmith Hyperion
    Air Tight Supreme
    Ikeda Kai
    Koetsu Stone bodied
    Carlo

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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    I'm using a Dynavector XV-1t. I just upgraded from an XV-1s and all I can say is 'WOW!'.
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    Re: What cartridges are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by madfloyd View Post
    I'm using a Dynavector XV-1t. I just upgraded from an XV-1s and all I can say is 'WOW!'.
    That's great to hear Ian. This is probably my next purchase.


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    DO NOT HESITATE TO GO FOR ZYX UNIverse II.........
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