Hello, i got two AT-ML180 VM OFC and one AT-ML170 VM OCC in my collection. Fantastic cartridges! At the moment i use AT-ML170 on Victor 7045 tonearm with lightweight Orsonic headshell on Luxman PD441 turntable and i love it. When i bought the AT-ML180 it was on my Reed 3P "12 Cocobolo tonearm on SP10mk2 turntable for some time, here is a picture.
I appreciate the question but it’s asked on the wrong premise. I have not heard the AT-ML180 on my equipment and will have to buy a turntable and arm for it (my Linn is otherwise employed). So I thought that this might be an opportunity to ask an engineering question.
Given the mechanical and physical properties of the cartridge, what would theoretically (in terms of physics) be the most compatible cartridge/arm/turntable system? My knowledge of the physical properties of the components, and the synergy between them, is not up to analyzing and calculating this.
I realize that the final choice of equipment will be based on more than just the physical interaction between the components and that personal sonic preferences will enter into the final decisions but I am looking for a rational starting place.
The Hi Fi industry, like many others, is largely based on marketing, hype, lust (after the newest, sexiest piece of kit) envy and profit margins. And on top of that we all tend to hear what we want to hear (“veils are lifted”). But since cartridge-arm-turntable is an (albeit complex) mechanical system I thought that it should be possible to start out with a rational approach before getting into the psycho-acoustic variables.