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£500-ish cartridge for SME V

Discussion in 'audio' started by uncl_nigel, Mar 24, 2018.

  1. koi

    koi pfm Member

    I have had a few so called buget cartridges in the past which are good until you hear what an expensive one can do my first taste of the higher end in cartridges was a transfiguration temper I was gutted when it finally come to the end of its life and I had it re tipped but it was never the same

    I have had a few Dynavector cartridges since dv17,xx2 & a lyra Delos but the one I use now and quite happy with is a Zyx Fuji

    A expensive cartridge does make a difference provided you have a decent phono stage everything becomes more real.
    hermit likes this.
  2. uncl_nigel

    uncl_nigel pfm Member

    I have a decent phono stage (EAR834 deluxe) as a spare and a great phono stage as standard... unfortunately I only have around £500 for a new cart...
  3. I.D.C.

    I.D.C. pfm Member

    I use the Sumiko Pearwood on mine as it was built using the SME V tone arm you deserve such a cartridge for that great deck and arm you will get so much more out your deck.
    koi likes this.
  4. daytona600

    daytona600 Registered User

    Lomc - Quintet Black S , AT33PTG/II , AT33SA , High output Grado Sonata , Decca Maroon , & MP500 £500ish
  5. slavedata

    slavedata pfm Member

  6. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    The l.o.Temper was at the top of the Transfig ladder, Koi, and if it's anything like my Proteus, or indeed its forerunner, the Orpheus, you'd have had a hard time trying to emulate it with the cart's you list. Even a Titan i (a lovely cart.), at least on my deck, doesn't cut the mustard against my Proteus. Who re-tipped your temper, b.t.w.?
  7. Fretbuzz

    Fretbuzz pfm Member

    Where have you seen a Decca Maroon for £500 ish?
  8. I.D.C.

    I.D.C. pfm Member

    To spend almost £12,000 on a deck and arm only to put a £500 cartidge on it will not bring the best out on the turntable. However I understand maybe the budget cant go higher at this time in such a case I would go along to a SME dealer or at least phone one for advice.
  9. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Scott Nangle has them at £589. I suspect a determined trawl would get one for a little less.
  10. Fretbuzz

    Fretbuzz pfm Member

    Nice one, thanks
  11. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Well, agreed, but this is at least the right way round !:) It'll get close to the best out of any compatible cartridge.
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  12. koi

    koi pfm Member

    Esco re-tipped the temper.
  13. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Ah ! Thanks. Good company but a trend is beginning to form in my mind over countless threads on the topic.
  14. waxkinglyrical

    waxkinglyrical pfm Member

    I’d look for an Ortofon Rohmann.

    They are out of production, sometimes available via the Ortofon treasure chest, re tipped and ready to go.

    I used two of them on a PT Anniversary/SME V combo, a highly satisfactory resolution and none of the glacial icy perfection oft mentioned, just well presented music to my lugs.
  15. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Strange, because my friend with his Orbe/Five rejected the Rohmann as lacklustre (I was there at the time and agreed). He swapped it out for a Helikon. Although the Rohmann has a rather low output, the Prefix he was using would have coped.
  16. rich46

    rich46 quad rules

    sme 4 oc 9 the sme drive this cartridge to its best.
  17. uncl_nigel

    uncl_nigel pfm Member

    Well, I have ordered a Grado Sonata 2 to replace the worn out Sonata...

    The old Sonata sounded good (more musical if less detailed than the DV 20XL) and they do a very decent discount if you have a worn out cart to trade in (at least here in France they do).
  18. Chris Guy

    Chris Guy Active Member

    I heard at the Wam HiFi Show last year a SME V Gold, on a 20, with a Hana SL. Astonishingly good for that ballpark money..
  19. Ellenor

    Ellenor pfm Member

    I had an Ortofon Quintet Bronze with my SMEIV. It was very good. You have to spend a lot more to noticeably better it.
  20. uncl_nigel

    uncl_nigel pfm Member

    I am looking into that cart for my 12" Ittok (on Sony TTS 3000)
    Chris Guy likes this.

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