LONDON DECCA cartridge

Since Feb 2018, I have been enjoying a London Decca ‘Super Gold’ cartridge.

This is a Moving Iron/Variable Reluctance type cartridge – with Moving Magnet level of high output – 5mV.

After a few decades of listening to high-end Moving Coil cartridges, the sound of the London Decca is a revelation. A different sound presentation. No need for A/B comparisons, the London Decca delivers exhilarating energy and power. It sounds more like ‘live’ music to me. Continue reading

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The case for MM and MI cartridges

Moving Coil cartridge design has not changed fundamentally for 30+ years.

The traditional design of almost all MC cartridges, consists of a stylus on the end of a long cantilever, with a ‘moving coil’ attached to the inner end.

This whole assembly ‘sits’ onto a soft, resilient ”suspension’ or damper’ material and held in place by a rear tension wire. Continue reading

Bargain bin – REGA RB202 tonearm

This guy costs US$395 / £198 – not a small sum, but in hi-fi terms, a bargain I’d suggest.

The current Rega tonearms are descendants of the original legendary RB250/300 tonearms introduced in 1983.  They still sound excellent.  And importantly I think, sound a lot like real music.

I owned (and enjoyed) a Linn Sondek with Ittok tonearm from the same period, for over 10 years, but I don’t remember the Ittok sounding this much fun! Continue reading

MIYAJIMA MC cartridges – fresh thinking

For the past 30 years or more, with a few exceptions, Moving Coil cartridges have been variations of the same basic design. Very little has changed in 30 years.

The principle of a coil moving within a magnetic field, is based on Faraday’s Law of Induction. The Moving Coil cartridge generator is usually held by a tensioned wire, against a soft “suspension” material.

However this traditional electro-mechanical design is not ideal. Continue reading