We say: For higher fidelity, moving coil cartridges will be your best choice. The Clearaudio Concept MC is the best cartridge in the under $1500 category.
Why moving coil? In Moving magnet cartridges the higher mass of the magnets connected to the cantilever fight its ability to change direction and follow rapid modulations in the groove. Moving coils are lighter, faster, and more resolving. They have a lower output and need a dedicated step-up MC input on your amplifier.
Here is what makes the Clearaudio Concept Moving Coil cartridges so special
- A Micro Line stylis that excells in detail retrieval from complex passages
- Hand selected magnets to achieve perfect channel balance and low distortion
- A Boron Cantilever that results in vastly improved information retrieval and superior tracking
- An innovative aluminum-magnesium alloy body that has outstanding damping characteristics and none of the resonances of conventional materials.
What they say:
Stereophile listened to the Clearaudio MC in a Concept turntable and commented as follows:
"The Concept's extremely good behavior in those areas helped produce a low-coloration ride that was rich in the midrange and mesmerizingly three-dimensional, and it was particularly adept at reproducing voices—they sounded full-bodied and fleshy, with smooth, natural-sounding sibilants" read the review
SpecificationsCartridge weight: 8.0 grams
Stylus shape: Micro Line
Coil material: OFC - copper
Compliance: 9/9 µ/mN
Recommended tracking force: 2.0 gram (+/- 0.2 gram)
Crosstalk:> 30 dB
Channel difference: < 0.5 dB
Output voltage: 0.42mV
Cartridge Impedance: 11 Ohms
Cartridge body: Aluminum-Magnesium alloy with ceramic surface layer