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    To SUT or not to SUT?

    +1
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    Anyone heard the X-quisite Cartridge from Thales?

    I think I would have gone with the ST, even if the GT was offered to me back then. But it would be interesting to listen to them both.
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    Anyone heard the X-quisite Cartridge from Thales?

    I have not auditioned the VdH Stad in my system. I only tried the Colibri (XGP IIRC). Back then, I couldn't get it to work properly in my setup. It was very sibilant and bright sounding. As well as being extremely finicky with tracking.
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    Anyone heard the X-quisite Cartridge from Thales?

    Strange. When I ordered there were only 2 options (CA and ST). The website shows only 2 versions for the non-HK market. https://www.x-quisite.ch/cartridges
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    Anyone heard the X-quisite Cartridge from Thales?

    Very different. It's a completely new design. Sounds nothing like the EMTs I've heard.
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    Anyone heard the X-quisite Cartridge from Thales?

    ST. According to Micha (Huber), the GT is made specifically for a HK dealer (Audio Exotics).
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    Anyone heard the X-quisite Cartridge from Thales?

    Arrived a few weeks ago (still breaking-in). Very impressive so far. Extreme dynamics, very detailed, extremely low distortion. Nothing like any VdH I’ve heard. A different animal.
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    Miyajima Labs 1.0 mil Infinity Mono

    Good write up Mike, thanks! Indeed getting the nut on top seems to be the way to go. I also need to get me a set of tools to loosen and secure it while holding the screwdriver from the bottom. IIRC, the Audio Technica AT33PTG has similar setup. But I don’t recall if the stylus guard could be...
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    Miyajima Labs 1.0 mil Infinity Mono

    Hey Mike, Can you elaborate what caused the mounting to be difficult?
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    van den Hul Colibri Grand Cru

    I have also experienced build quality issues with VdH cartridges in the past. Specifically with the Colibri series (the original Colibri, not the new Stradivarius/Master/Grand Cru versions). Mr. VdH was very responsive and service was top notch, as the cartridges were replaced. However, after a...
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    Miyajima Labs 1.0 mil Infinity Mono

    Hi Mike, I recall trying a Miyajima Premium BE mono cartridge with “stereo cut” mono reissues. It did not sound good, and distorted on tracks that my stereo cartridge had no issues whatsoever. Miyajima mono cartridges are true mono, meaning they have no vertical compliance, as opposed to modern...
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    To SUT or not to SUT?

    Thanks! I’ll contact Dave and see what he recommends.
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    To SUT or not to SUT?

    Thanks Phil! It seems that it boils down to just trying it out on my set up.

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