High-Output MC cartride with "MM" Phono Stage

Good Evening All,

Watching the Super Bowl but can't help but contemplate HiFi!

Is there any other considerations, when looking at the compatibility of an MC cartridge with a "MM only" Phono pre, outside of gain and loading? Any other dynamics at play that would disqualify a phono stage from working with MC cartridges?

I have an Icon Audio PS2 phono stage, which references in both the spec sheet and manual thay its "MM Only." I am looking to see if it could be compatible with a Hana SH or MH MC cartridge, which has 2mv output and has suggested loading of 47k. The Icon Audio PS2 loads at 47k and provides gain x200 (which I believe is 46db gain?). Everything checks out as compatible (perhaps the gain is a couple db low for 2mv output)...am I overthinking this?


Showing 2 responses by lewm

To answer your actual question, no, there is no reason not to use a high output MC cartridge to drive a MM phono stage, providing the gain is adequate for the cartridge. And as you mentioned, of course you need to consider the load resistance and the capacitance. For a high output MC cartridge you would want low capacitance.
And in hindsight, I see that the question had been answered. Sorry.