I use a ZU 103 on my HR-100MCS and absolutely love the results. $400 gets you in the big leagues with the Alphason.
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I went back to CartridgeDB site and noticed, that Alphason Xenon was listed as 13 grams effective mass. It didn't make sense. I knew, that Xenon was just a lower spec HR-100S with the same architecture, so I clicked on Xenon owner's manual and there it was:
Effective mass - Hr-100S 13g, Opal 13g, Xenon 13g, Delta 15g.
Suitable for cartridges with compliances up to 35cu.
I guess, they overlooked the spec on the early production HR-100S and added info to later model arms. That makes my HR-100MCS compatible with many more cartridges.
Now I just have to pick a cartridge, that will balance out slightly light character of Oracle Premier/Alphason combo.
I know, that Alphason/Koetsu was a popular match, but I'm looking for more options...
On my HR100MCS I use a gem of a cartridge designed by Mark Levinson... remember the Madrigal Carnegie One? Incredibly open and airy, but also a bit light in the bottom if the VTA is not dead on.
What also really helps low end response is vibration damping. My Alphason Sonata turntable's heavy suspension makes the low end of this cartridge so real and natural. So whatever you choose, play with the VTA and consider some of the new damping platforms you can put under your table.