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In Reply to: RE: Zu Audio 103? posted by jusbe on June 03, 2017 at 13:06:29
The Zu-modded Denon is a really nice cartridge, and does exactly what the OP states that he's looking for. I prefer my Koetsu overall, but it's 3X the price. If I didn't have it, I could live very happily with the Zu forever and ever.
As you noted, you have to get on the waiting list. But the wait wasn't long for me. IIRC, I got an email saying they had a new batch ready about 2 weeks after adding my name to the list.
Curious to know what you like in this cartridge, compared to the Zu?
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The Koetsu takes the midrange up a couple notches in low level detail, microdynamics, and harmonic detailing. It goes lower in the bass, but at the expense of some control and dynamic slam. Treble is very natural sounding (to me), although some would say it lacks some extension. I love it for the midrange, and although it's bettered in other areas by other cartridges (even less expensive ones), I'll live with its shortcomings for what it does so well and the way it pushes my buttons. You've probably heard the "romantic" label applied to Koetsu's in general, and that's a pretty good one-word descriptor.
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