Great to read Steve. And you are lucky to have only broken the wires and not the cartridge pin itself. Count me among those who love this cartridge. I currently have one on my SME V-12, and another on the SME 3012R. I will eventually set one combination up for thicker LPs which are usually jazz reissues and 45s, and one on original thin LPs, which are typically classical.
As David says, the set up needs to be very precise, and I am no expert. One card thickness in VTA matters as well as other parameters. I am sure I would learn a lot from having David set up my combinations.
Congratulations. Now it seems you are back to listening to some vinyl along with your streaming.
(...) Well these past few weeks of listening once again to vinyl has reinforced that there continues to remain a dichotomy between vinyl and great digital.
I also know that Emile is determined to create the best sound digitally to where it truly approaches vinyl quality
I have a suggestion where you could put your spare MSS if it’s feeling lonely!Congrats Steve on joining the club. I like this cartridge so much that I bought a spare one. I think the recent version has improvements on sibilance. I don’t find any sibliance with this cartridge anymore.
Yesterday, I spent the whole afternoon listening to Bohm’s Mozart symphonies with cartridge. Simply brilliant.
well it's been another week and I have to admit that the lure of this vDH MSS cartridge is mesmerizing. It is as if I have been listening to my entire vinyl collection again but hearing detail in so many better ways
For the next few weeks the MSS will remain on the SME 3010R . Initially I was not only reluctant to switch these cartridges to opposite arms as the ZYX Premium was my reference and used almost 100% of my listening but I just was not prepared for the fact that this MSS is not only an amazingly excellent cartridge but it bests the ZYX in every way
For bass, dynamics, detail and a strong sense of presence along with a natural sound the MSS is in a league of its own IMHO.
Yesterday i spent the day not only comparing the 2 cartridges but also comparing the same music played streaming. As you all know the Taiko Extreme has for me changed the way I listen to music.The comparisons I did yesterday were somewhat sobering
One record that I use to compare mid bass is the Mercury Living Presence record by Janos Starker, side B, Kol Nidre
This recording is also available on Tidal for streaming basic on Tidal i but I was aware that often classical music on Tidal is not always the best sonically
Having said that I spent more time comparing the cartridges.
First off I still love the ZYX Premium. It's going nowhere except to the 10" arm. It is a warmer cartridge than the MSS and lacks the bass finesse that the MSS brings to the table. What struck me immediately was that I could hear the vibration of the strings of his cello with the MSS but not with the ZYX. The ZYX has been used by me many times to play this record and have always enjoyed it to the max.
So how can I succinctly sum up the differences.Well first off the MSS is a cartridge built for classical music to the fullest degree as it fleshes out everything
The best way I can describe my listening experience to that recording is as follows......"listening with the ZYX is like listening to a wonderfully mastered recording of the event whereas listening to the MSS literally puts me at the event." This is something that I found astonishing
Finally playing the record streaming via Tidal was a clear third even though it too sounded darn good
The switch is going to happen in the next few weeks but the ZYX remains a keeper. I see it on softer passages, female voices or in
music where a little warmth is a good thing.
I discussed my findings with ddk who has said that this MSS is in the same league as his precious Neumann cartridge which I heard when I visited him. The Neumann has always been my favorite until I heard the MSS. David concurs that the MSS is in the same league. David whois a collector of vintage cartridges told me that the MSS has literally undone 20 years of his collecting vintage cartridges.
I'm no expert as most others are here but I know what my ears told me and this MSS cartridge is one that should be considered if you are looking for a new and amazing cartridge. Overall the sound is as natural as it gets with bass that is so articulate that as I said I could feel the vibration of every string with air around every string. This plus the fact that improving the bass for me has also always served to improve the top end sound. This was the case hear
If there is a downside (and it aint sibilance) it is the cantilever to this cartridge that is so long it looks like a sword and seems like an accident waiting to happen as the cartridge does not come with a stylus guard
Site Founder | Site Owner | Administrator
Site Co-Owner | Administrator
|Julian (The Fixer)|
Website Build | Marketing Managersing