I have the Rondo Bronze also. What don't you like about it? What does the rest of your system cocsists of?
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I recently bought a Benz LP from the UK dealer who was offering a discount. I have'nt used many High end cartridges, but it is clearly the best I have had in my sydtem, precisely because it is a neutral all rounder. Good detail, soundstage, good stage depth, imaging and even across the frequency spectrum, with particularly good base. The main difference from the Zyx Airy 3 I had before was in drive and dynamics. It is just more musical, the Zyx is dull in comparison, neutral also, but with no drive to the sound. I loved the Koetsu Rosewood Signature I had before, but it certainly was'nt neutral. So I am more than happy with the LP.
My set up is a Kuzma Stabi Reference TT and 4 point arm. I have the Rondo-Bronze for 3 years. It's a good all-rounder cart, but now I am itching for a better all rounder.
What phono-stage do you partner with the Benz LP? Good to know you are enjoying it!
That's new info to me. Which MM do you think is "better" than the Rondo-Bronze or I should try out?
Hamburger I use a K&K audio phono stage, you can look at it on the companies website and search on Audiogon threads. I have been through countless stages and this is the best I have had in my system by a long way. That includes Tom Evans, Clearaudio reference. I recently arranged a phono stage shoot out at my house. The K&K was a clear winner. Very good value in kit or ready built form. I know Raul builds his own and he hates transformer based MC step ups and the K&K uses Lundahl transformer step ups, so he probably wo'nt approve.
Dear Hamburger: I assume your phono stage can work with MM cartridges, right?.
If this is your case the first " factor " that we have to take in count is that in any phono stage the MM stage needs less " electronic steps " to work it due that the MM alternative needs less phono stage gain. This sole characteristics means that the cartridge signal pass for less " steps/veils " where in each of those steps the signal " suffer " a degradation. The cartridge signal in a MM cartridge always be a better quality signal ( everything the same ) and nearer to the recording. The MM signal does not have to pass through additional " gain stages " like Step up Trandformers like the MC ones.
Well, IMHO all this is an advantage that we can't dismiss.
You can try the Nagaoka MP-50 or 50 Super, Clearaudio Maestro or Ortofon 2M Black but there are other MM alternatives ( Music maker 3 ) that compete with almost any top LOMC cartridges like the ones you name it.
I think that is worth to try it, the MM alternative is almost " inexpensive " and the rewards are very good for say the least and in your anlog rig will perform great.
No, I' not against the LOMC ones I realy like it too, my point is that the MM ones are something to hear. Don't let that its low price " intimidate " to you.
Regards and enjoy the music.