Cartridges

turntable cartridge

The cartridge IS the source in your vinyl system. Everything else on the turntable exists to support it in doing its job. That job is to turn that groove carved in wax into an electrical signal that your system can play back. From moving magnets to moving coils, we’ve got some of the most amazing musical devices on the planet in stock. 

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  • Van Den Hul "A Tribute to Analog- A Sound Connection" Demo LP Record

    This one of a kind very special LP is a reference quality analogue recording, made as a tribute to analogue. Excellently suited to demonstrate top level phono cartridges & Hifi System' qualities, the life material was recorded with Mr. Hans Dulfer, one of the most famous Dutch saxophone players, Lils Mackintosh, a well-known solo singer on many festivals and last but not least: The Beets Brothers.

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    Regular Price: $55.00

    Special Price $49.50

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  • Sumiko Oyster High Output MM Cartridge

    Moving magnet phono cartridge with alloy cantilever. Bonded spherical stylus, 4.0 mV output. Learn More
  • Rega Planar Performance Pack for Planar 2

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    Want to take the performance of your multi award winning Planar 2 turntable to the next level? The Performance Pack can be purchased as an aftermarket kit designed specifically for the Planar.

    Included in the pack:

    • Bias 2 moving magnet cartridge
    • Upgrade drive belt
    • 100% natural wool turntable mat
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    Regular Price: $199.00

    Special Price $179.00

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  • Rega Elys 2 MM Cartridge......Handmade in the U.K

    A multi award winning, hand built moving magnet cartridge with three point mounting system.

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    Regular Price: $250.00

    Special Price $199.00

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  • Sumiko Black Pearl High Output MM Cartridge

    The Black Pearl is a moving magnet phono cartridge with alloy cantilever and bonded spherical stylus, 4.0 mV output. Learn More
  • Sumiko Pearl High Output MM Cartridge

    Moving magnet phono cartridge with alloy cantilever, bonded elliptical stylus and 4.0mV output. Learn More
  • Sumiko Rainier High Output MM Cartridge

    Our first offering in the new Oyster line-up is the venerable Rainier, which continues the Pearl’s legacy for smooth, natural sound reproduction. After years of development, we are proud to introduce an all-new integrated body and generator system that significantly reduces internal resonances. With the ability to change to the Olympia or Moonstone stylus allows for upgrades with out replacing the entire cartridge.

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    $299.00

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  • Ortofon MC-1 Turbo High Output Moving Coil Cartridge

    The high output voltage of the MC-1 is compatible with the normal MM phono input of any amplifier.

    The MC-1 Turbo is an excellent entry into the world of high output Moving Coil (MC) cartridges, with an elliptical stylus profile.

    The MC-1 Turbo has a 3.3mV output, which makes it perfect for use with inbuilt phono preamps – specifically ones designed for Moving Magnet (MM) cartridges.

    The MC-1 Turbo provides a taste of the linearity and precision of moving coils, but without the need for additional high gain preamps or transformers.

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    Regular Price: $329.00

    Special Price $299.00

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  • Ortofon 2M Blue (Free Installation)...... Warning** others Charge

    The 2M Blue is a general improvement to everything offered by the 2M Red below it. It's the ultimate upgrade to almost any mid level turn table. Attach it to the end of your tone arm to see what your 'table is really capable of. The Blue steps up to a nude eliptical diamond (not as rude as it sounds) and split pole pin motor. Learn More

    Regular Price: $369.00

    Special Price $332.00


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  • Denon DL103 High Output MC cartridge......An Original Classic

    Denon's classic cartridge, the DL-103, has been an industry standard for decades.

    The DL-103, the low-output moving coil has been made by Denon uninterrupted, and unchanged, for the broadcast markets since, 1962.

    Providing smooth response in many Hi-Fi systems, the DL-103 gives a pleasing sound and brings out the full detailof audio performances.

    The DL-103 gives you body and soul at a bargain price.

    The Denon has an unusual combination of output and impedance specs, which are 0.3mV and 40 ohms, respectively.

    The DL103 compliance is quite low, and its stylus profileis conical

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    Regular Price: $429.00

    Special Price $389.00


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  • Sumiko Olympia High Output MM Cartridge

    The Olympia brings another level of acoustic refinement to the mix with an upgraded stylus and cantilever assembly, allowing for more dynamic punch and improved frequency response during playback. Due to its improved tracking capabilities, the Olympia is an excellent return on investment when upgrading from the Rainier cartridge, and can even be upgraded to the capable Moonstone stylus further on down the line

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    $399.00

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  • Denon DL110 High Output MC Cartridge

    TypeMC

    Output voltage1.6 mV

    Frequency range20 Hz - 45 kHz

    Output impedance160 ohms

    Weight4.8 g

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    Regular Price: $499.00

    Special Price $440.00

  • Ortofon Quintet Red MC

    The Quintet Red is a perfect introduction to the world of Ortofon moving coils.

    It features an Elliptical diamond which is cut and polished to Ortofon’s standards.

    This entry-level MC cartridge has very high price-to-performance ratio and is a perfect all-rounder for the newcomers to the world of Moving Coil cartridges.

    MC Quintet Red is an all-purpose cartridge that delivers open, dynamic sound with a slight touch of warmth.

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    Regular Price: $499.00

    Special Price $449.00


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  • Rega Exact MM Cartridge

    Hand built moving magnet cartridge with three point mounting system and Vital profile diamond stylus with zero tolerance channel balance. Learn More

    Regular Price: $550.00

    Special Price $459.00

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  • Ortofon MC-3 Turbo High output MC Cartridge.....A Diamond in the rough

    The high output voltage of the MC-3 Turbo High Output series cartridges is compatible with the normal MM phono input of any amplifier.

    The MC-3 Turbo takes high output Moving Coil cartridges a step further, with a high polished, nude fine line diamond.

    The MC-3 Turbo has a 3.3mV output, which is perfect for use with virtually any Moving Magnet (MM) phono preamps, included inbuilt models.

    The Nude Fine Line diamond resolves a high level of detail and provides expansive stereo imaging.

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    Regular Price: $609.00

    Special Price $543.00

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  • Denon DL103R High Output MC cartridge

    The DL-103R is an updated version of the classic DL-103. It provides improved sound by using 6N copper coils wound with precision to the cantilever shaft. Audio lovers will delight with detail that is brought out by this outstanding phono cartridge.

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    Regular Price: $629.00

    Special Price $549.00

  • Ortofon 2M Bronze (Free Installation)...... Warning** others Charge

    The 2M Bronze really steps up and shows you what you were missing form your favorite music. It has a way of pulling oodles of detail off a record and tracking that groove like a bloodhound. It sports a Fine Line diamond to read the grooves better, while minimizing wear over time. Learn More

    Regular Price: $659.00

    Special Price $594.00


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  • Sumiko Moonstone High Output MM Cartridge

    The Moonstone is an affordable high-performance moving magnet cartridge that utilizes the powerful mechanically-generated electromotive forces of the moving magnet to help give your playback extra punch and convincing realism. Exceptionally well-balanced and dimensionally dense, the breathtaking dynamics of the Moonstone outperform many comparably priced moving coil cartridges without requiring the huge investment in preampfification.

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    $599.00

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  • Ortofon Quintet Blue MC

    The Quintet Blue is a very homogeneous cartridge The Quintet Blue's sound image will tend to more smooth reproduction compared to Quintet Red and moderate dynamic strength compared to Quintet Bronze. It features a Nude Elliptical diamond mounted on an aluminium cantilever. The Quintet Blue will bring more space, depth and detail into the sound and is a very good choice for any kind of music, especially rhythmic. Learn More

    Regular Price: $769.00

    Special Price $692.00


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  • Sumiko Blue Point No.2 High Output MC

    Offering exceptional performance and musicality at an affordable price the latest generation Blue Point No. 2 sets a new standard in its price class. Moving coil design, high output, 2.5-mV, alloy cantilever, Blue Point-cut elliptical diamond stylus, and standard 1/2" mounting. Learn More
  • Soundsmith Otello Moving Iron Cartridge

    Our entry level design captures more than its share of recorded beauty —by design. Big soundstage, detail and resolution at an affordable price.

    The Otello is Soundsmith’s entry level Fixed Coil design, realizing an affordable pathway into the world of high-performance cartridges. Built by hand like all Soundsmith cartridges, the Otello provides a perfect balance of tone and resolution at a great price. The result is a cartridge that is at ease with any type of music. Just slightly warmer than other Soundsmith designs, Otello yields a richness of timbre that is utterly beguiling with a level of speed and dynamic range that no other cartridge in this price. The result? A wonderful design that gives the warmth of MM and the light-footedness of Moving Iron design.

    Also available in dual-coil mono

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  • Ortofon 2M Black (Free Installation)...... Warning** others Charge

    The 2M Black is Ortofon just plain showing off. The Shibata diamond stylus is something special. Its vaguely knife-shaped profile gets deep into the grooves of your records and digs up detail and warmth that you didn't know was ever there before. There's no finer moving magnet cartridge on the market. Learn More

    Regular Price: $1,099.00

    Special Price $989.00


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  • Ortofon Quintet Bronze MC

    The Quintet Bronze moves into the higher league of the Quintets.

    The slim profile of its Nude Fine Line diamond stylus will track even the highest frequency information, making it a must for discerning listeners.

    Additionally its larger footprint ensures reduced distortion and record wear.

    The sound will be very evenhanded with respect to all aspects. Classical music will be reproduced with power and open space around each of the instruments.

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    Regular Price: $1,099.00

    Special Price $989.00

  • Sumiko Blue Point Special EVO III High Output

    The evolution of the ever-popular Blue Point Special, the EVO III raises the performance bar even higher at this highly competitive price point. Its tonal balance is remarkably smooth, exhibiting a fundamental richness and overall warmth without sacrificing musical detail and resolution. Sound stage focus and channel separation are exemplary, as is the cartridges’ ability to maintain a coherent consistency that reproduces music as a perceptual whole. High-output moving coil design with 2.5-mV output. Chemically coated aluminum cantilever with 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical stylus. Ultra low-resonance open generator design. Resonance controlled mounting system provides the lowest mechanical impedance. Highly compatible with most modern tonearms. Learn More
  • Sumiko Blue Point Special EVO III Low Output

    The evolution of the ever-popular Blue Point Special, the EVO III raises the performance bar even higher at this highly competitive price point. Its tonal balance is remarkably smooth, exhibiting a fundamental richness and overall warmth without sacrificing musical detail and resolution. Sound stage focus and channel separation are exemplary, as is the cartridges’ ability to maintain a coherent consistency that reproduces music as a perceptual whole. Low-output moving coil design with .5mV output. Chemically coated aluminum cantilever with 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical stylus. Ultra low-resonance open generator design. Resonance controlled mounting system provides the lowest mechanical impedance. Highly compatible with most modern tonearms. Learn More
  • Rega Ania MC Cartridge

    The newest member of the Rega MC cartridge range the Ania was inspired by the success of the Apheta 2 and Aphelion MC cartridges. Using the same exceptionally complex hand wound micro coil found in the rest of the range, the Ania is housed in a unique PPS highly rigid body, ensuring accurate construction and Rega's three point fixing method ensuring optimum connection to the headshell and automatic setting for overhang. The new body is protected by a CAD designed, clear rigid cover to protect the internal fine wires, making handling whilst fitting, safe and risk free.The Ania features a super high-powered, neodymium magnet and a coil meticulously hand wound on to an iron cross. This miniature assembly allows us greater freedom to track the vinyl groove ensuring even more detail is extracted from the vinyl. All of these features combine to deliver a balanced and dynamic performance that will engage you with your vinyl like never before.The Ania is the perfect partner for the Planar 3, Planar 6 or RP8 turntables. Factory fitted options for some models are available Please ask your retailer for details. Learn More
  • Sumiko Amethyst High Output MM Cartridge

    Easily our most ambitious moving magnet cartridge to date, the Amethyst features a nude Line-Contact stylus and an upgraded generator assembly providing ultra-low noise, hair-raising dynamics, and superior tracking. This unique setup benefits from the same physically-generated electromotive forces fundamental to MM designs which accurately recreate the original sound of any recording. The Amethyst is an easy choice when looking for the most performance possible along with the versatility to pair well with nearly any phono stage on the market.

     

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    $1,099.00

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  • Ortofon Quintet Black S MC

    The Quintet Black S is the best example of Quintet’s overall excellence

    The Quintet Black S is graced with a Nude Shibata diamond, considered one of the best stylus profiles available, mounted on a high-performance Sapphire cantilever.

    The Shibata’s slim, highly polished profile allows an exceedingly wide contact area to the walls of the groove and ensures detailed and pure reproduction thoughout the spectrum, including even the most high frequency groove information.

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    Regular Price: $1,489.00

    Special Price $1,340.00


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  • Ortofon Cadenza Red MC Cartridge

    The sound picture of Cadenza Red is relaxed, homogeneous and moderately dynamic and have great space and depth in the stereo image. The Cadenza Red model is using a Nude Fine Line stylus with a cylindrical aluminium cantilever. The stylus tip radius is r/R 8/40 µm. The coils are made from 6NX (99.9999 %) pure silver wire. An improved winding process on the armature allows a better channel balance.

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    Regular Price: $1,869.00

    Special Price $1,682.00

  • Van Den Hul THE DDT - II SPECIAL

    Detail, Dept and Timbre, that’s what DDT stands for! It is based on the very first M.C. Cartridge A.J. van den Hul ever built. The term “Special” in this case indicates that some major improvements have been made, e.g. a thicker frontpole and an extra small magnet, both further enhancing its resolution capabilities and output voltage. Output voltage for this cartridge is 0,65 mV per channel. Equipped wit its VDH-I stylus it has a frequency range of 5 - 50.000 Hz.. This cartridge gives excellent value for money and will not embarrass any high-end installation.

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    $1,749.00

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  • Van Den Hul MC-10 Special

    A custom handbuilt moving coil cartridge with VDH-type 1 tip, boron cantilever, matched crystal silver-wire coils and 0.65 mV/channel. The designation “Special” in this cartridge’s name indicates important improvements over its previous version: The cartridge is equipped with a thicker frontpole and an extra small magnet, both further enhancing its resolution capabilities and output voltage. Production time: The production time for a MC - 10 Special cartridge after ordering is about two weeks. Please call your authorized distributor for delivery time. Learn More
    $1,999.00

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  • Sumiko BlackBird High Output MC

    The main advantage of high output moving coil cartridges is the elimination of any additional gain stages, resulting in an overall reduction of the noise floor. With 2.5mV directly driving a standard 47k Ohm RIAA phono stage, the best possible signal to noise ratio is realized. Nothing but music emerges from your most treasured recordings. Learn More
  • Sumiko Blackbird Low Output MC

    .7MV Moving Coil Cartridge. Designed for exceedingly low noise levels, wide dynamic range and the highest possible fidelity in its price class, Blackbird is destined to become an analog classic. Each cartridge is assembled using time honored, labor intensive techniques, hand calibrated and critically auditioned to meet the most rigorous standards of consistency. Learn More
  • Van Den Hul MC-One Special

    In a range that includes models costing thousands of pounds, the MC One Special is a relatively affordable example. It's a 'selected' version of the MC10 Special, a hand-built cartridge using silver wire coils and a boron cantilever (the tube that connects the stylus to the coils). Because of the relatively wide sample variations with cartridges, it's not unusual for makers to charge a bit more for selected samples of a particular model - ones that are found to perform better than the rest. Grado is another manufacturer that does this - the Prestige Gold on page 46 is a 'selected' version of the Prestige Silver, for which an additional £20 is charged

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    $2,249.00

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  • Ortofon Cadenza Blue MC Cartridge

    Cadenza Blue is true to the music with a tremendous clarity. The Cadenza Blue model is using a Nude FG 70 stylus with a very thin ruby cantilever. The coils are made from 6NX (99.9999 %) pure silver wire. An improved winding process on the armature allows a better channel balance. The soundstage of Cadenza Blue is wide open and grandiose straight out of the box. Micro dynamic and ambience will be evident when listening to complex compositions. It reaches a very high degree of definition in the perspective, which is very present.

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    Regular Price: $2,749.00

    Special Price $2,474.00

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  • Soundsmith Zephyr MKIII

    he Soundsmith Zephyr MkIII enjoys a great history, starting with the well loved VPI Zephyr  original, which evolved into the well known Zephyr MKII. In our effort to bring you even higher definition without increase in cost, we introduce the NEW Zephyr MKIII. It features a newly developed aluminum alloy - the same one we are now using in the Paua MKII, just released. This new metal alloy has unique dualistic properties, providing stiffness in the ranges required as well as damping exactly where its needed - and by the proper amount - in the most critical parts of the sonic spectrum. The result  is a cartridge that will slam your Rock and Roll while providing a new level of linearity and clarity for the most complex classical and jazz passages. 

    Attached to our new cantilever material is a tiny new super low mass "High Profile" Contact Line diamond we have developed for the new Zephyr MKIII. This stylus traces more of the groove walls than a standard contact line, but avoids some of the alignment pitfalls that can occur with a high profile contact line design, allowing more azimuth alignment forgiveness than is normally possible with such designs. 

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  • Van Den Hul MC-TWO Special

    A custom handbuilt moving coil cartridge; High output version of the MC - ONE Special with 2.25 mV/channel and matched crystal copper-wire coils. The designation “Special” in this cartridge’s name indicates important improvements over its previous version: The cartridge is equipped with a thicker frontpole and an extra small magnet, both further enhancing its resolution capabilities and output voltage. Learn More
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  • Ortofon Cadenza Bronze MC Cartridge

    Cadenza Bronze is a true high-end reference cartridge, conveying music with supreme precision, impact and dynamics.

    The Cadenza Bronze model is using a Replicant 100 stylus and a conical aluminium cantilever. The coil wire is the famous Ortofon Aucurum wire, which is a gold plated 6NX copper wire. Field Stabilizing Element/FSE, is used for optimal linearity especially during complex crescendo passages. Cadenza Bronze stereo imaging capabilities illuminate the farthest corners of the soundstage in all three dimensions.

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    Regular Price: $3,299.00

    Special Price $2,969.00

  • Van Den Hul The Frog Moving Coil Phono Cartridge......

    The base model from which later on The Colibri and The Condor were further developed. It has the coil of a GRASHOPPER III and the frontpole and suspension of a GRASHOPPER IV. This is without doubt the best cartridge available for its price. Standard output of both the copper and gold coil versions is 0.65 mV per channel. The FROG H.O. is the high output version with 2.25 mV per channel. All FROG cartridges have extra magnet modifications applied for the best result possible

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    $3,499.00

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  • Ortofon Cadenza Black MC Cartridge

    Cadenza Black is optimized for an amazing tonal neutrality, dynamics and purity of sound.

    The Cadenza Black model is using a Nude Shibata stylus with a boron cantilever. The effective mass of the stylus/cantilever system is extremely low due to the use of a very thin boron rod. This material is extremely stiff and even more lightweight than aluminium. It also uses the WRD/Wide Range Damping-system applied for MC Windfeld, MC A90, MC Anna, Xpression and MC A95 cartridges, controlling the high and low frequency damping separately. The coil wire is the famous Ortofon Aucurum wire, which is a gold plated 6NX copper wire. Cadenza Black is high performing on areas like detail, consistency and sound staging.

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    Regular Price: $3,959.00

    Special Price $3,563.00

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