The AT - OC9XML will be a significant upgrade over the ADC - QLM. Superior transient response and lower noise floor!
Thanks @jasonbourne52 .
Will my Sony PS-X50 suitably accept the mentioned MC cartridge. My reading is some MC cartridges are low, medium, or high output and should be carefully matched to the turntable. So I’m trying to do that with zero understanding of cartridge output. My question really is, "is the The AT - OC9XML a low, medium or high output"? My other problem is, I can’t find anywhere what the Sony is suited to, Low Medium or High output.
Also starting to think, I may be better served just putting my money into a better MM cartridge and listen in wonderment to that upgrade.
No MM cartridge can compare to a MC! The reason: too high inductance in the windings of the fixed coils. This inductance acts as a filter slowing transient response. Grados - while considered MI (moving iron) are still fixed coils. Grados solve the transient speed problem by using coils with fewer turns, so inductance is typically 1/10 of Shures, Stantons, Goldrings, ATs ... 50 millihenries vs. 500 millihenries. This low inductance of Grado coils lets them have the transient speed, snap and sparkle typical of MC types. I will take a Grado any day over a Shure, Stanton, AT ...
I have been using MCs since 1978 when I bought a GAS Sleeping Beauty along with a Verion (Cotter) step-up transformer (SUT). TT was the Ariston RD11S - the Linn Sondek's Scottish cousin - arms were the SME 3009, JH Formula 4, Lustre GST-1. That Ariston is still in use - now with a Grace 707 and a Denon 103.