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MM vs. MC Phono Cartridges Explained [Illustrative Guide]

MM vs. MC Phono Cartridges Explained

In this guide, we’ll take a detailed look at the differences between moving magnet (MM) and moving coil (MC) phono cartridges for turntables and record players.  We’ll discuss which one is better and which one to choose. And we’ll look at the pros and cons of MM and MC cartridges.   I will explain how […]

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  • Tom
  • May 21, 2020

Best Cartridge Upgrade for Fluance RT81

In this article, I’ll review my top 5 cartridge upgrades for the Fluance RT81. Then I will pick the one that stands out as the very best one to replace the stock AT95E cartridge on the Fluance RT81 turntable. Vinyl enthusiasts often ask me how I would go about upgrading the cartridge on the Fluance […]

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  • Tom
  • March 30, 2020

The 7 Best Cartridge Upgrades for Turntables

In this article, we’ll look at some of the most popular, best sounding and most loved phono cartridges that are perfect to upgrade affordable and midrange turntables. If you are looking to make your turntable sound better, a cartridge upgrade is a very good place to start. The cartridge has a huge impact on the […]

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  • Tom
  • January 25, 2020

Best Cartridge Upgrade for Pro-Ject Debut Carbon

In this article, I will review what I’ve found to be the top 5 cartridge upgrades for the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon. And then, pick the one that stands out as the very best choice. A cartridge upgrade is probably the most effective way to take the sonic performance of the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon to the […]

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  • Tom
  • September 15, 2019

Best Phono Preamps for Ortofon 2M Red/Blue/Bronze/Black

In this guide, we’ll look at some of the best preamp options for the Ortofon 2M cartridge range. The Ortofon 2M Red, Blue, Bronze and Black. We’ll look at phono preamps that are not only industry leaders by themselves but also great matches for the characteristics of the Ortofon 2M cartridge range. Phono preamps that balance out […]

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  • Tom
  • July 2, 2019

AT-LP120 Review with Standard and Upgraded Cartridge

In this article, I will review my Audio-Technica AT-LP120 turntable and compare how it performs with the standard AT95E cartridge to how it performs with the more expensive VM540ML cartridge upgrade. So, you will see how the LP120 performs as it comes as standard out of the box. And what kind of increase in sonic […]

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  • Tom
  • July 1, 2019