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RE: ART9 vs ARTXI

> Choose on the basis of the amount of gain you need for your phono stage. You literally can't make a bad choice.

I agree!

I'm just saying that if you have a phono stage that can handle an ultra low output moving coil, the XA version will probably sound a little better than the other higher output cartridges.

I discovered this many years ago when I bought the original Ortofon MC-2000. Its rated output was only 0.05-mV and I had to use the T-2000 step-up transformer to get enough gain. However, it turned out to be the best sounding cartridge I've ever owned. Since that time, I've always made sure my phono stage was capable of amplifying ultra low output moving coil cartridges. I've owned several others over the years and they all seemed to sound better than higher output moving coil cartridges.

Happy listening!
John Elison


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