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A phone cartridge & needle (stylus) reads the modulation in the record groove of a vinyl record and converts these vibrations into an audio signal. There are different types of needles and cartridges for turntables, each with their specific properties.
Most phono cartridges are Moving Magnet cartridges. We still distinguish two types here, MM (moving magnet) and IM (induced magnet), but in use they are both the same and have the same output. If a record player with a Moving Magnet, or in short MM Cartridge, is connected to an amplifier, this amplifier must have a special MM phono input or the record player must be connected by means of a special seperate Phono preamp (preamplifier). MM cartridges generally have interchangeable needles and entry level to very good specifications with a great frequency response. The reproduction quality is therefore considerably better than that of the cheaper Crystal and Ceramic elements (which we generally don't recommend). Many of these elements come standard with an elliptical, shibata or even “Naked Diamond” needle. Often the sound quality of the reproduction can also be improved (considerably) afterwards by placing a better quality needle in the element.
A Moving Coil cartridge design results in, qualitatively, the very best cartridges on the market. Real top record players are practically all equipped with an MC cartridge. The needles are permanently mounted on MC cartridges, so that in the event of a defect, the entire cartridge must be replaced or provided with a new needle tip by the manufacturer. For this reason, most MC cartridges are equipped with a “Naked Diamond” needle tip for optimum performance and the longest possible life. To be able to connect an MC element to your HiFi installation, the amplifier must have a special MC input or special MC preamps or transformer must be used to boost the electrical signal.
The Audio-Technica ATN-3600L ATN3600L needle stylus features a highly polished conical diamond for long playing life and good rendition of voice an...View full details
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The Ortofon 2M Red Stylus is an optional replacement for your existing Ortofon 2M Red or 2M Blue cartridge. It features a Tipped Elliptical stylus ...View full details
Affordable MM cartridge with beautiful sound for music fans on a budget. Interchangeable needle part. The Danish Ortofon has more than 30 years of ...View full details
Excellent MM cartridge from the 2M series for anyone who wants maximum music for their money. Interchangeable needle part. Compared to the cheaper ...View full details
Excellent Moving Coil (MC) cartridge with elliptically cut diamond needle. The perfect way to get acquainted with Moving Coil. The Quintet Red is a...View full details
The Hana SH Moving Coil cartridge has a nude natural diamond Shibata-stylus, and use high rigidity cantilevers with cross-shaped armatures offering...View full details
The body of the Hana SL Moving Coil cartridge is manufactured from a composite low resonance plastic material in black. Going deeper into details, ...View full details
Mono records pre-dated stereo LPs and then existed side-by-side through most of the 1960s. The Hana SL Mono represents the most musical and afforda...View full details
HANA - M Series Deluxe Model MC Cartridges. With its special Japanese character and meaning, “ ?”, Hana brand moving coil cartridges manufactured b...View full details
During the past several years, the HANA E and S Series moving the coil cartridges have achieved universal recognition for the world-class analogue ...View full details
The Hana EL cartridge has a synthetic Elliptical diamond stylus fitted to a high rigidity aluminium cantilever with cross-shaped armature, offering...View full details
The Hana EL cartridge, designed and built-in Tokyo, has a synthetic Elliptical diamond stylus. The body is manufactured from a composite low resona...View full details