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    There are so many good cartridges out there today. Who wudda thunk just a couple of years ago? Listening to a couple now and two more to arrive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MylesBAstor View Post
    There are so many good cartridges out there today. Who wudda thunk just a couple of years ago? Listening to a couple now and two more to arrive.
    Between some of the best LPs being pressed today, the great cartridges that are available, and the availability of great turntables, I truly think we are in the golden age of analog. And this doesn't include all of the great phono stages and R2R.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    Between some of the best LPs being pressed today, the great cartridges that are available, and the availability of great turntables, I truly think we are in the golden age of analog. And this doesn't include all of the great phono stages and R2R.
    Great points!

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    I just fit my TT...a Rega P3-24 on steroids...with an Audiomods Classic arm and a new Clearaudio Maestro Ebony II MM. I must admit that it sounds sweet...better than the RB301 and Exact2 it replaced..

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    Quote Originally Posted by MylesBAstor View Post
    There are so many good cartridges out there today. Who wudda thunk just a couple of years ago? Listening to a couple now and two more to arrive.
    Yes I agree, but just a couple of years ago, we still had the Lyra Titan I, the Clearaudio Goldfinger, the Ortofon A90, the AirTight Supreme, the Dynavector XV-1S, the stone bodied Koetsus. Now, I guess, we have the Atlas, the Anna, the XV-1t, and still the Supreme, the Coral Stone and the Goldfinger. I'm sure I'm forgetting some great ones that I have not heard. What are you listening to Myles that is so much better than what we had just two years ago? Curious minds want to know.
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    There have always been good sounding cartridges out there, and not just the expensive check list varieties.

    I think the evolution in resolving systems including phono stages have allowed better performance from most cartridges out there.
    Source:TW Raven AC-3 - Thales Simplicity II, Exclusive P3 & P10, Technics SL-1000MK3D, Linn LP12 - Naim ARO
    Cartridges: Lyra Atlas, Etna SL, Delos, Dynavector XV-1s, Technics EPC100mk4, Ortofon A90, GM Royal, GM Classic, Denon DL-S1, ESC'd 103R, Audio Tech AT25, OC9II, Linn ESC'd Troika
    Phono Stage: TW Acustik/Thoress phono, Accuphase C-37, Esoteric E-03 EQ: ​​DEQX HDP-4
    Preamp: cj GAT, Amps: cj teflon premier 8a's, D'Agostino Momentum Stereo, Speakers: Wilson Maxx3 -Townsend Supertweeters

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    My RtR deck is having some rest since I got my turntable fully refurbished and a new cartridge was installed, there is just something ritualistic on spinning vinyl and manipulating an arm/needle at the beginning of each record...and yes...it sounds great.
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    The sweet spot for purchasing any of these "great" new audiophile products has always been 2-3 generations back. The price is half or less than the new products and the performance is still excellent. OK, maybe not that last 1% that the new product has, but damn fine all the same.

    Now for a cartridge, you do have to worry about the age of the suspension and potential former abuse. for example, I have a Transfiguration Temper that is truly excellent, but it is probably 10+ years old now. Is a new Phoenix better? Yes, by many accounts from owners who have had both, but even that is more than twice what I paid for mine.

    Cost not being an obstacle, there has always been great stuff out there to check out in every generation, and technology generally tends to improve, but I (for one) am not made out of money to ever do more than hear these pieces at shows (which is never at their best).
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    Quote Originally Posted by XV-1 View Post
    There have always been good sounding cartridges out there, and not just the expensive check list varieties.

    I think the evolution in resolving systems including phono stages have allowed better performance from most cartridges out there.
    +1. I think the Ortofon 2M Black is a steal at $700.
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    I agree. Best MM I ever heard. My friend uses it in a modified Linn Ittok with Moon weights.

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