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    Cartridge for the Kronos

    Anyone have a couple of favorite cartridges that you believe would be a good match for the Kronos Limited TT? I have two phono stages; an Audio Research 2se and the Hovland HP 100. I lean towards a 'big' sound, organic, full harmonics and beautiful tone. I am willing to sacrifice some detail and transparency for 'beauty' and musicality.

    I am using Magnepan 20.7's and Carver Black Beauty tube mono blocks. I've always used Dynavector cartridges; ready for something new. I am intrigued with the sound of the Soundsmith Susarro; could that be a great match?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StickMan451 View Post
    Anyone have a couple of favorite cartridges that you believe would be a good match for the Kronos Limited TT? I have two phono stages; an Audio Research 2se and the Hovland HP 100. I lean towards a 'big' sound, organic, full harmonics and beautiful tone. I am willing to sacrifice some detail and transparency for 'beauty' and musicality.

    I am using Magnepan 20.7's and Carver Black Beauty tube mono blocks. I've always used Dynavector cartridges; ready for something new. I am intrigued with the sound of the Soundsmith Susarro; could that be a great match?
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    Having some time with Lois he recommends the zyx over dynavector for his turntable
    Having heard it, the two do mate well, no loss of beauty or detail

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    That ZYD is $15k!!! How about a recommendation in the $5k range?

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    Sorry just relayed manufacturers recommendation
    I thought the Benz LP sounded very good and romantic on the Kronos
    Obviously not quite as good as zyx

    On voices was wonderful

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    Quote Originally Posted by StickMan451 View Post
    Anyone have a couple of favorite cartridges that you believe would be a good match for the Kronos Limited TT? I have two phono stages; an Audio Research 2se and the Hovland HP 100. I lean towards a 'big' sound, organic, full harmonics and beautiful tone. I am willing to sacrifice some detail and transparency for 'beauty' and musicality.

    I am using Magnepan 20.7's and Carver Black Beauty tube mono blocks. I've always used Dynavector cartridges; ready for something new. I am intrigued with the sound of the Soundsmith Susarro; could that be a great match?
    Stickman,

    By your description, I'd go for a Benz LP-S!
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    Quote Originally Posted by StickMan451 View Post
    I am willing to sacrifice some detail and transparency for 'beauty' and musicality.....5k range
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    Benz

    Quote Originally Posted by asiufy View Post
    Stickman,

    By your description, I'd go for a Benz LP-S!

    Several people have told me that Benz cartridges have a lot of 'suspension' issue; they don't last very long and cannot be rebuilt. I don't know, never owned a Benz myself.

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