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From my understanding, either of these cartridges will be a step up from the goldring eroica. But which of the two mentioned are preferred. Anyone with experience with both? How are trade in programs on each?
If you are ordering the table just upgrade to the Eroica maestro. I love mine tremendosly. I can't speak of the other carts except I tried the Sonata and didn't care for it. I think you will have to go with somthing alot more expensive to beat the Eroica maestro. Is yours broken in?
What is the "Music Hall Maestro"? Is that a high output version of the Elite or is it a modified Eroica (Vital stylus)?
Goldring doesn't claim that one as theirs: http://www.goldring.co.uk/CART-SPECS.pdf
The Eroica is actually a very nice moving coil cartridge in its price range.
The Aurum Beta (I auditioned the wood body) is also a very nice cartridge.
And though MM it sounds very much like the Eroica H I have.
I probably would not consider it an upgrade actually, but rather a replacement.
If you like the sound of your Eroica but need to replace it you could try the Aurum Beta.
Which is also very good for its price. Or trade in the Eroica for a new one and be happy again.
Otherwise if it is an upgrade you want, maybe look at the Virtuoso or Beta S.
My table is about 2 1/2 yrs old with maybe 1500 hrs on the cartridge. At this point I am not using the table till I get a new cartridge. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll check it out.
The two cartridges can't be extreme more. The Clearaudio is the MM cartridge that has a taste of MC details and crispyness. The Grado cartridge is warmer. For myself, I am a MC person like Ortofon. So the Clearaudio have my vote.
Both are nice sounding cartridges and although I prefer the Platinum on most tables, the MMF7 is a pretty warm sounding table, as is the Platinum cartridge. That would make for a very "smooth operator" and may or may not be what you are looking for in relation to the rest of your system. The Beta would be a little more neutral on that deck with the Platinum leaning to the warm side. I can't say what the trade-in is on the Beta, but a Platinum re-tip is $200.
The MMF-7 is warm. I have Conrad Johnson amp & pre (SS but still noted to be warm) I have a tube phono pre (Wright). I wonder if it might not be warm enough to set the house afire. Then again, I like warm, but wonder if I'd like too much of it. Thanks for your comments.
My take on that is from experience with tube gear and a load of equipment which was warmer than the stuff it replaced (think Denon, Adcom, etc.). I liked the warm tone for a while as an alternative to the stark presentation of the mid-fi SS stuff, but later grew bored with its colorations on every selection played. I now use a rig that is very well balanced and has a neutral sound that does not intrude upon the performance and neither soothes me to sleep nor irritates me to death.
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