Rega P3 and Emotiva xps-1 (MM or MC)?


I just bought a Rega P3 and hooked it up to an Emotiva XPS-1 phono stage which has provisions for the MM and MC cartridge. My Rega is fitted with an Elys 2 MM cartridge. Oddly enough, when I use the MM option on the Emotiva, the sound is quite dull and flat, but when I switch to the MC option it comes to life and the sound is very wholesome. Any reason why? And is it safe to keep it on the MC option?
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Thanks for your reply. When I set the phono stage to MM the gains get deactivated. In other words, I cannot set them to 47 kohms as you suggested. They only work for the MC setting. I have to set the amplifier volume (Prima Luna Prolog one) significantly higher to get a comparable sound.
The phono cables are wired into the Rega. The Emotiva help desk is helpless. Maybe I am just imagining. Maybe the MM sound is the true "flat" unbiased sound. It's just that I like the MC output sound better