Allaerts Eco/MC-1b.Great combo-couldn't be happier.
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Dear Loreliv: You already have one of the best cartridges out there the XV-1s.
Your phono stage is a very good one and if you are not satisfied with the XV-1s quality performance IMHO it is not because your phono stage but maybe because the tonearm match, set-up, load impedance or all these factors.
What do you not like about the XV-1s quality performance?
Regards and enjoy the music.
in current mode I would think almost any quality MC cartridge would be a great match. My best guess would be that lower impedance cartridges would be slightly superior as the circuit sees the MC cartridge as a near short electrically. But then again lower impedance may just equate to higher gain. You should try and contact Norman Luebke directly. luebke*at*aqvox*dot*de what is "best" is purely subjective based on your own sonic priorities.
I agree with Ducati that lower impedance low ouput moving coils might be the best choice with the Aqvox. In reading between the lines in the various reviews almost all of the cartridges that reviewers raved about as sounding great with the Aqvox were very low impedance units.
My wood bodied Denon 103R (14 ohm internal impedance) sounds quite nice with the Aqvox; I'm not in the same league with respect to the price on cartridges being bantied about here. I'd expect that lots of them should sound pretty good if partnered with the right tonearm!