A cartridge that mates well with the Sutherland Loco phono preamp?

I’ve tried a Benz Glider…it was impressive but the bass was out-of-control . I am currently using an Ortofon Quintet Bronze. It’s better on the bottom end, but I am curious what others are finding out what  cartridge works well for them. The Locos are unique in that they like cartridges that require very little loading. 


I have the Little Loco also and have the same question. I have tried an Ortofon Rondo Red and an Audiotechnica ART-9. Both sound very good, the AT better but it's probably just a better cartridge. From what I've read the cartridge's internal impedance is probably the most significant spec (the lower the better), so the AT's 12 ohms is pretty low but how does the AT compare with other cartridges with the LL? Don't know.

I plan to try a My Sonic Labs cartridge with impedance of 1 ohm shortly after the new year. Unless people chime in with other recommendations.


I would think the question would be the sound of the arm / cartridge/ turntable. The function of the phono stage is to pass on as exactly as possible the sound it receives. As I upgraded my Phono stage a dozen times ($200 —-> $17,000) over the last fifty years… the Phono stage simply brought the sound from the turntable more naturally with a lower noise floor. I recommend focusing on the table, tone arm and cartridge to craft the sound you want. if the phono stage gets in the way, then look at upgrading it. 


@ghdprentice I would normally agree, however the phono stage in question is a transimpedance design and so is not your typical stage. 

I am using a Well Tempered Amadaus MK II FWIW

Ok. They seem to advertise cartridge output independence and gain adjustability to not care about the cartridge. But it does sound like an unusual design.

Maybe I should ask which cartridges have very low impedance and don’t need to much loading….

The My sonic labs cartridges have 1 ohm impedance

My Ortofon has 6 ohms and I believe most of the MC Ortofons have around that as well

The Audiotechnica ART series have about 12 ohms as does my ART-9 

Many spec sheets don't list so you need to dig a bit if you can find at all 

I am looking into trying a Loco....I have an AT Art 1000 that should, in theory, work well with an internal impedance of 3 ohms. Running through my Whest phono it runs pretty close to a Lyra Etna at almost half the cost. 

The MySonic Labs should work well too....

FYI here is a review of the Little Loco MK II (the MK II probably being the subject of this thread) from stereophile Jan 2022. He says "But now, with the Ultra Eminent Ex driving Sutherland Engineering's Little Loco, I never want to change cartridges or phono preamplification again. These two phono products seem made for each other."

I think I'm gonna try one of the MSL cartridges with my LL MK II


Sutherland Engineering Little Loco phono preamplifier Herb Reichert January 2022 | Stereophile.com