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In Reply to: RE: What cartridge to complete system; AR-XA, AR Integrated, AR3's posted by GRH on May 17, 2017 at 18:00:56
My NOS Pickering XV15 1200E/D1200 sounded great on my AR, but a big improvement still with a Grado Platinum wood bodied cartridge.
Never had an issue with hum with the wood bodied Grado, not sure if it was due to the wood body or not, but it was a big imorovement.
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It all depends on what sort of magnetic field, if any, the TT motor produces. All Grado carts. are unshielded, as the firm has long believed doing so makes for good sound.
An expensive Grado wood body cart. had damned well sound better than a Pickering. BTW, Grado wood body carts. don't have user replaceable styli.
The Pickering XV15 1200E/D1200 is no run of the mill cartridge, it actually sounds better on my Thorens than any of my Grados.
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