Low and high output Grados differences in detail.


Do the high output Grados have more detail then the low output Grados. I have a Aesthetix Rhea Phono Amp and was wondering if Grado carts would be to "mushy" with the Aesthetix Rhea? All opinions and expert advise is welcome.
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I went from a high outout Grado Sonata to a low output Statement 1. I use it with an RCM Sensor Prelude. My general impression is that the low output version trades a little drive and "slam" for greater nuance and detail. The HO Sonata had a greater "boogie" factor, the LO Statement is more refined and delicate sounding. Not delicate to a fault, but noticeable. I suspect that impression is subject to change with different phono stages, but it held true with both Sutherland and RCM in my case.
WIth any carts which have a hi/lo output: they generally trade slam (hi) for detail (lo)
I have a Grado Reference Master 1 Wood Body that I haven't tried yet. I also have a Nottingham Ace with 2 tonearms. I'm think the Grado might be the wrong combination for that set-up. I can still return it and get a Shelter which I hear is more detail and slam. Any opinions on this?
FWIW, I once had a Spacedeck/Space Arm. Tried my Grado Master (HO) on it and never could get the sound to sing. Not bad sounding, but didn't sing like it did on my Well Tempered Super. A Dynavector was great on the Spacedeck, but didn't work as well on the Well Tempered. Synergy does matter, regardless of the cost of the cart.
I have a Grado Statement 1 and Rhea Sig. I love this combo with my VPI aries table. Came from Benz LP. Grado is the better cart IMO.
I have a Grado Statement 1 and Rhea Sig. I love this combo with my VPI aries table. Came from Benz LP. Grado is the better cart IMO.
I'm shooting for a Shelter 501 III Phono Cartridge right now.