Do a search on the vinyl asylum for some recent discourse on the Allaerts line (with comparisons). There is also (finally) a website: www.jallaertscartridges.be These are up there with the best.
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I've been at a demo, a few systems were playing to show the differences.
System 1 :
Basis Debut Turntable/Schroeder Model 1 Arm/Takeda Miyabi Cartridge
Simon Yorke S7 Turntable/Yorke Arm/Jan Allaerts MC 1 Mk2
Both systems had the same amps, cables and speaker.
I own a Miyabi and A Basis Debut, so I knew very well, what they can do.
The allaerts cartridge is a very good sounding one, I think, one of the best I ever listened to. Very precise. When someone owns it or wants to buy it, he will make no mistake. I makes everything right.
The main difference between the Miyabi and the Allaerts, is , in my opinion, the allaerts show you everything what is on the record.
The Miyabi does that too, but is is a kind of 'real Life '.
I ordered a 2. Miyabi after the demo.
Interesting comments. Heard about this exhibit, but what intruiges me is the 'real life' point. I get that from a Shroeder model 2, so it would have been fascinating to switch the cartridges. My Allearts MC1S is arriving in a couple of weeks and will report (though cant compare as havent heard the miyabi.