I have a EMT JSD s 75 which came mounted in a short headshell.
My friend recently purchased JSD 5 and said it was one of the best improvements he ever made to his system.
Herb Reicherd on EMT, Koetsu and Miyajima in his review at Stereophile magazine (2018).
Tested those 3 carts:
-Koetsu Rosewood Standard ($3495)
-EMT TSD 75th Anniversary SFL ($2150)
-Miyajima Saboten ($4875)
His summary on page-2 is interesting:
"Choosing only one of these cartridges could be an anxiety-provoking enterprise. To help you think more clearly about them, I’ve summarized my observations: The Koetsu Rosewood Standard’s bass range was the biggest, strongest, most exciting; the EMT TSD75DFL’s was the tightest and most finely detailed; and the Miyajima Laboratory Saboten’s was exquisite but slightly unforceful. The EMT’s midrange was the most detailed but the least colorful, the Koetsu’s the most dense and colorful, and the Miyajima’s the most relaxed and transparent. Overall, musical instruments sounded most like themselves through the Koetsu, choirs sounded most like individual singers through the EMT, and singers were scintillatingly real with the Miyajima.
In Short: The EMT seemed the highest resolving, the Koetsu the most vivid, the Miyajima the most natural. Each of these cartridges confirmed my status as a lucky guy. Doing the work for this month’s "Gramophone Dreams" was the most pleasure I have experienced as a Stereophile reviewer.
God bless analog!"
- Herb Reicherd
The review of the 3 cartridges is specious in my view for the following reasons -
All 3 cartridges are low compliance, the SME 2-9 is not up to the job.
The AMG Giro is certainly better matched, but it is not reference standard.
All 3 cartridges were tested using stepup transformers. No alternative step up devices transistor/tube were trialled or alternative phono stages.
Quite honestly, I dont doubt what he heard in his system, but you cant make definitive conclusions as presented unless you have tried these cartridges in a range of arms and phono stages. Only then will you see a pattern of common differences emerge between the cartridges.
The review reads like a car magazine - basically an advertorial.
@chakster I’ve used EMT XSD 15 SFL (SME bajonet) and Thorens MCH I retipped with vdH stylus (EMT bajonet with Ortofon adapter). They’re archetypical systems and the basic design platform for many well regarded MC designers, like vdHul and Benz in their early days.
They both sounded quite nice, but in my opinion no match for the higher level SPU’s (Reference, Royal and A85/90/95) or Ikeda’s FR7fz and MC702, with which these old school Tondosen should probably be compared. The high output and internal impedance of the EMT didn’t sit too well with my system, which is more tailored towards (very) low output, low impedance types. So they found new owners......
It looks like the specs of this new TSD 75 are very similar to these oldies, so I wonder if much has changed sonically.
The high output and internal impedance of the EMT didn’t sit too well with my system, which is more tailored towards (very) low output, low impedance types.
Do you mean your phono stage? @edgewear
I don’t see any problem with EMT high output and high impedance if a phono stage have adjustments of gain and load impedance (like Gold Note PH-10 for example).
Well yes, sort of. My Boulder 1008 has the facility to tailor the load impedance to any required value up to 1000 ohms, but unfortunately it offers just one gain level (70dB for MC). This is well suited to (very) low output systems and even the Ortofon MC 2000 with 0.05mV works without any noticable hum or hiss. But it's less practical with higher output systems, like the 1mV output of the EMT. Of course I would have kept it if the sound of the EMT was exceptional, but to my ears that was not the case.
Well, I hope 75th Anniversary "naked" edition with Super FineLine tip is different from oldschool headshell integrated TSD 15 originally designed for conical tip @edgewear.
**Since 2014 EMT Cart manufacturing transferred to Switzerland:
After working up to 45 years for EMT continuously, the production team in Mahlberg gets retired. The manufactory of the EMT cartridges is moved step by step to Micha Huber’s company HiFiction AG in Winterthur. In a long-lasting process, all know-how, equipment and tooling is carefully transferred to the young team in Switzerland.
**In 2015 the TSD 75 & JSD S75 were introduced:
To celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary, the TSD75 is introduced being the latest addition to the legendary EMT Stereo cart line. The JSD S75 complements the reference line with a light cartridge body.
Anyone hear the new 80th Anniversary cartridges? Sapphire cantilever and silver coil. A big departure from the traditional TSD.
More from the History of the legendary German Broadcast Pick-Ups:
In The 70-Ties The XSD 15 became available for direct connection to popular Hi-Fi-Tonearms (SME or others with appropriate connection) and EMT started custom developments and production runs for OEM partners. Modern tip shapes and technical improvements provided a linear frequency response well beyond the audio band, and a substantial reduction of distortions at high frequencies.
1992 Came The HSD-6, EMT’s first cart with a standard ½ Inch attachment for the Hi-Fi market.
*** It Wasn’t before 2006 that something new came to the marketplace:
In 2006 the first JSD cart, The “Silver”, was Introduced!
Developed for the occasion of EMT’s 66th Anniversary, the JSD-5 and JSD-6, two new MC-Systems were launched. They Immediately won awards like “Product Of The Year 2006”.
2007/08 The TSD-15 LZI with low output, low impedance and international connection was introduced.
2008/09 The Jubilee series was extended with the JSD G, now completely gold plated and made of a special high grade alloy.
All JSD Cartridges employ highly polished bare diamond styli on Boron cantilever, either In Gyger S or Super FineLine shape and strong AlNiCo Magnets.
In order to celebrate 75 YEARS EMT In 2015, The TSD-75 is being introduced and is the latest addition to the legendary EMT Stereo Cart line that started Its prof. broadcasting life In 1965. The stereo and or mono cartridges come with ½-Inch standard fastening and diamond tips in numerous versions.
While The JSD Silver and JSD Gold use Diamonds On Boron, the new JSD Platinum and JSD S75 Anniversary use Diamonds on Sapphire cantilever.
EMT‘s most authentic and musical stereo phono carts with body made from and milled out of a massive block of special aluminum, for The JSD Gold Out of a massive block of high-grade, gold resp. platinum plated alloy for The Platinum Version. Gold plated system components with ALNiCo magnets, ½-Inch standard fastening for the use with every high-quality tone arm. Especially polished, bare and natural diamond stylus of the highest available quality.
** Another interesting model is EMT JSD VM Reference series:
VM = VARIA MASS
The JSD VM is the only cartridge that allows the user to tune the resonance behavior according the tonearm specification and personal preference. It comes with three inlay bolts made of different materials.
All EMT reference-line cartridges feature a multi-facet diamond on sapphire cantilever. The unique assembling technology makes it possible to tune the individual sound properties of this high-resolution transducer unit to maximum musicality.
JSD VM; Diamond On White Sapphire ($6300+)
JSD Pure Lime ($5500+)
All parts and works, including the diamond shaping process – this is both; an art and a science – are entirely Made In West Europe.
Thanks Chak, interesting information. I really had no idea there were so many variations. It appears that the new owners of the brand have taken more than a hint from Ortofon with the introduction of all these Anniversary and 'special' editions. Apparently that is what today's high end customer wants: limited series and exclusivity. Indeed they've come a long way from the original broadcast Tondosen that remained unchanged for decades.
SPH is for Sperical tip, it can be OK, but for a proper reproduction there must be a better stylus profile. Read tuchan’s comments in this thread: "If you especially go for a TSD15 Lzi you will go for one of the great carts in this audio world - the Japanese know, most European and American not."
I know exactly what you’re talking about about rubber damper, I just mentioned that even with a perfect damper this cartridge with Conical tip is a broadcast model for radio use and it can’t be even close to the same cartridge with advanced profile like Fine Line or F.Gyger they are using now.
EMT has been sold a few times and now it’s a different company with completely different cartridges.
I wouldn’t rule anything out because of the stylus profile. The new DaVa field coil cartridge is conical and by all accounts it’s in the upper echelon of the current crop of high dollar cartridges.
Yeah, some designers like it. Comparing conical to many other profiles in my system it was the worst (always), so in my opinion conical sound is old school. Using conical tip with vintage records is the worst situation, because most of those vintage records previously played with same conical tip and definitely slightly worn at this are of the groove walls. The cure is advanced profile that can ride in previously untouched part of the groove. This is one of the main reason I don’t use conical (90% of my records are originals from the 70s).
DaVa cartridge is definitely inspired by JVC Victor Direct Couple type and Ikeda cantileverless design LOMC (but those old Ikeda and Victor comes with LineContact and Shibata).
DaVa is cool looking retro cartridge, never seen it before, thanks.
if you'll look into old Jico replacement stylus for sale you'll find that most of them are bonded conical 0,5 mil size. Most of records was played in old times with circa 0,7- 1 mil conical diamonds so 0,5 mil are very OK with old worn records. Nowadays you can source not bonded, polished 0,5 mil diamonds they are even better.