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RE: Stanton 681EEE

as I've recently said here before, the 681 is a moving iron MI cart and has a great deal of inductance in the coils in order to achieve the required output level of a moving magnet MM cart. It has an historical significance for wide usage in radio stations and also it's tracking abilities, but can be bettered in sound qualities within the Stanton and the sister Pickering company with their moving magnet carts (881 & 3000, 4000).

The separation spec is frequency dependent anyway and not a direct indicator of sound quality. The cantilever elastomer may be only slightly stiffened if that, or may not be at all. I am currently using a Pickering 3000 cart with a 4000 stylus&brush on one of my tables at the factory spec tracking force and it is a beautifully cart, I wish someone would re-release it.

If you set it up and are not satisfied with the sound and tracking, especially compared with your Art9, then you can think about replacing it. But, throw a hard to track record at it and lift the arm the moment you hear any mistracking, which may or may not happen.

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