The scout is good and more than enough table for most. The doubts over a used Grado gold prestige are not just paranoia. The scout will let you decide which cart to get a critical decision I think.. Does your NAD phono stage support MCs?
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Hey there-Yes, The NAD PP-2 phono stage supports MCs-
I am wonderin if i can stretch to a Denon 160 which people seem to like-or just start w/ a Grado Black...
I feel its an easy upgrade path that way-???
I'm aware the NAD isnt perhaps in the league of the Scout but figure it makes sense to get a killing turntable esp if its almost new VS. a 7 yr old P-25 ..?
Tho the Rega P 25 seller tells me ita only had say 30 hours use....
It seems to me that the VPI is built like a tank too which appeals..
Over to you!
For $100 cartridge on a Scout, I recommend a newer design such as the Ortofon 2M Red. If you're thinking Denon DL-160 (which is $180), then also consider the next step up in the Ortofon--the 2M Blue at $199.
The VPI JMW 9 tonearm has an effective mass of 7.7g, which is definitely low mass. The Ortofon 2M Red and Blue both have a dynamic compliance of 20 x 10-6cm/Dyne and a weight of 7.2g. This makes a near ideal match with a cartridge/arm resonant frequency of around 9 Hz.
The cartridge/arm database and calculator is available here.