The 834p uses a step-up tranny on the MC input. If your question is, will the tranny in the MC-4 "sound" better than the one in the 835p, my guess is that you would have to compare them in your system. If you do some research, you will find that the SUT-cart interaction is very much dependent on the precise pair of devices and also the cables on the SUT. One option you may wish to consider is an active head-amp or pre-preamp, like the ZYX CCP-1. I have used the ZYX w a couple of different MM phono stages and a ZYX cart (0.25 mV output) and thought it was outstanding.
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