Best Ortofon SPUs to sample

awsmone

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Apr 7, 2014
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#21
No but I have used the Miyajima Premium Mono BE. It also has no vertical compliance like the Zero. It is a fine sounding cart on microgroove records but I had some distortion issues with it on some modern mono reissues which evidently have some vertical artifacts as the result of mastering or pressing. That's why I switched to the SPU Mono GM MkII which is IMHO an equally fine sounding cart for playing early monos. An added benefit is no SUT required and can be run into standard 47K MM input.
this is great feedback, looking for killer mono cart at reasonable price....
 
Dec 18, 2013
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#22
this is great feedback, looking for killer mono cart at reasonable price....
The other mono cart I recommend highly is the Ortofon Cadenza Mono. It is an excellent all round mono cart, does a superb job on modern monos and very good on early ones, though with not quite the body projected by the SPU Mono GM MkII on those.
 

Stacore

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#23
The SPU Meister Silver GM MKll is an all time favorite...give them a try.

Cheers!
ALF
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A-ha! This is something I'm very much interested in after my TSD15sph died. 3012R arm
Any more opinions? Esp. against the Classic GM II E?

Thanks,
 

Stacore

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#24
https://www.ortofon.com/spu-a95-p-366

Quote from Art Dudley


Btw I own the SPU a95, bought new, used for a compare, don't use it since don't have a tablet, and can let go for 1300 Euro, same price I bought from an Italian dealer introduced by Gian. I will move the money to a restored TD 124
I might be interested. How many hours on it?

Thanks,
 

BruceD

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I've owned few of the long bodied SPUs--all fine Cartridges--this however remains top of the heap for me.

BruceD

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bonzo75

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I might be interested. How many hours on it?

Thanks,
Hi I sent a brand new one to an audiophile to burn in and then heard it on his system (with the PTP Lenco on my website). Then I took it to Silvercore where I used it in place of his SPU a85 for the listening session.

So roughly less than 10 hours across two listening sessions, plus the approx. 40 - 50 hours of burn in the first audiophile did. As I do not have a TT it has been sitting in the box since
 

gian60

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I confirm that Fonartix, shop in Italy,my friend,sold to Ked the spu 95 new at 1.300 euro because shop is closing
 

bonzo75

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#30
1300 - post 14.

Half price, I think, of the retail. Also by far the lowest on hifi shark, if you also consider sold prices
 

ALF

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#32
I've owned few of the long bodied SPUs--all fine Cartridges--this however remains top of the heap for me.

BruceD

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Ah, the Shindo-san version...it is a beast BD; if you get the chance, you should try it with the Ortofon ST-80SE, Kondo SFz or A23 Hommage SUTs. From my experience, all of these SUTs are super performers with the SPUs.

Cheers!
ALF
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gian60

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#33
The best price you can buy in Italy now is around 1900 euro because are few and limited so shop don't do big discount
 

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