Take a look er a listen of the new Rega MC Cartridge. I heard it the other day and am waiting for the dealer to break it in so I can try it at home. Very good first impression.
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The Ortofon Vigor is a European HOMC that is packaged w/the RB300 by Acoustic Solid (from whom I recently bought a table/arm/cart). The combo works very well and this cart (or US equivalent Ortofon HOMC) represents good value at its price point - app. $250. I later swapped out the Ortofon for a Clearaudio Aurum Beta S (app $500) from another table I own and found somewhat tighter deep bass and fuller mid bass for the effort. Net, I definitely prefer the Clearaudio, but would have to admit that the Ortofon probably represents the better value.
Thanks for he suggestion. The idea has intrigued me. Which arm have you used with the Denons?
Thanks for the info "RGB1000 has an effective mass of ten." What does this mean in terms of which cart to use, what should I consider as far as mvolts are concerned? Also, any particular model of VDH?
Tobias and Martykl,
Were you able to compare the carts you mention to the Denon 103?
I used a couple of arms as my TT has three arms. Currently I use Morch UP4 for the DL103R and a 12 Scheu Classic for the DL103. I tried both carts on both arms, and on a SME 3009.
The DL103R was noticeably better on all three arms. The only caveat is that the R needs a lower value load (impedance) than the regular DL103 to sound its best, but then youd probably need to change the loading for just about any other cart you get anyway.
BTW, I also used a Benz Ref II and Koetsu Rosewood on all three arms and to my ears the R is superior to the Benz and very close to the Koetsu. (Ill probably be tarred and feathered for saying this though!)