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MylesBAstor

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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.
 

mep

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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.
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.
 

MylesBAstor

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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!
 

es347

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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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PeterA

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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.
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.
 

XV-1

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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.
 

flez007

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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.
 

BobM

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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).
 

Johnny Vinyl

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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.
+1. I think the Ortofon 2M Black is a steal at $700.