Top 10 Best Phono Cartridges
for August 2022

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Ortofon - 2M Red MM Phono Cartridge & Audio Additives - Cartridge Mounting Kit BUNDLE

Ortofon & Audio Additives BUNDLE Ortofon

2M Red MM Phono Cartridge & Audio Additives, Cartridge Mounting Kit BUNDLE

by Ortofon & Audio Additives BUNDLE
What We like

Professional installation encouraged

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Product Features

  • Ortofon 2M Red Tracking force, recommended: 1.8 g (18 mN)
  • Audio Additives Cartridge Mounting Kit Contains Screws, Washers, Nuts, and Hex Key
  • Orotofon's popular 2M Red MM Phono Cartridge bundled together with Audio Additives' Cartridge Mounting Kit
  • Ortofon 2M Red Stylus type: Elliptical

Orotofon's popular 2m red mm phono cartridge bundled together with audio additives' cartridge mounting kit Audio additives cartridge mounting kit contains screws, washers, nuts, and hex key Ortofon 2m red stylus type: elliptical Ortofon 2m red tracking force, recommended: 1.8 g (18 mn)

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LP Gear T4P REFERENCE SERIES VML phono cartridge

LP Gear T4P REFERENCE SERIES VML phono cartridge

by LP GEAR
What We like

LP GEAR VML cartridge, no other comes close

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Product Features

  • Ultimate performance reference quality P-mount cartridge for recording and critical listening
  • Each stylus undergoes QC and listening test as final inspection
  • Nude Microline diamond tip polished with perfection for superior fidelity and groove tracing accuracy
  • Made in Japan for superb cratsmanship and attention to detail

Each stylus undergoes qc and listening test as final inspection Ultimate performance reference quality p-mount cartridge for recording and critical listening Nude microline diamond tip polished with perfection for superior fidelity and groove tracing accuracy Made in japan for superb cratsmanship and attention to detail

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Audio-Technica AT81CP Replacement Phonograph Cartridge with Conical Stylus for P Mount Turntables

Audio-Technica AT81CP Replacement Phonograph Cartridge with Conical Stylus for P Mount Turntables

by audio-technica
What We like

0. 6 mil

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Product Features

  • Conical stylus
  • Bonded round shank construction
  • Fits P-mount Turntables

Fits p-mount turntables Bonded round shank construction Conical stylus

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Sumiko Olympia Phono Cartridge

Sumiko Olympia Phono Cartridge

by Sumiko Phono Cartridges
What We like

Stylus upgreadeable to RS Moonstone

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Product Features

  • Moving Magnet architecture compatible with nearly any phono stage

Moving magnet architecture compatible with nearly any phono stage

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Audio-Technica AT95E Phonograph Cartridge for 1/2

Audio-Technica AT95E Phonograph Cartridge for 1/2" Mount Turntables

by audio-technica
What We like

The elliptical diamond stylus is designed to track record grooves with high accuracy for outstanding audio reproduction

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Product Features

  • Also includes zippered pouch, airline adapter and AAA battery; audio continues to work even after battery depletes.Stylus Construction:Bonded Round Shank
  • Offers outstanding clarity and detail
  • Includes mounting hardware and stylus guard
  • Each cartridge is meticulously assembled with remarkably tight tolerances

Includes mounting hardware and stylus guard Each cartridge is meticulously assembled with remarkably tight tolerances Also includes zippered pouch, airline adapter and aaa battery; audio continues to work even after battery depletes.stylus construction:bonded round shank Offers outstanding clarity and detail

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Goldring E3 Phono Cartridge

LP TUNES Goldring E3 Phono Cartridge

by Goldring
What We like

Genuine Goldring cartridge

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Product Features

  • Aluminum cantilever
  • Tracking force range: 1.5 g - 2.5 g (2.0 g recommended)
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz -20 kHz
  • 0.3 x 0.7 mil super elliptical diamond stylus shape

Aluminum cantilever Tracking force range: 1.5 g - 2.5 g (2.0 g recommended) 0.3 x 0.7 mil super elliptical diamond stylus shape Frequency range: 20 hz -20 khz

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Sumiko Rainier Phono Cartridge

Sumiko Rainier Phono Cartridge

by Sumiko Phono Cartridges
What We like

Stylus upgreadeable to Olympia or Moonstone

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Product Features

  • Moving Magnet architecture compatible with nearly any phono stage

Moving magnet architecture compatible with nearly any phono stage

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The Vessel A3SE Phono Cartridge

LP GEAR The Vessel A3SE Phono Cartridge

by LP GEAR
What We like

Some quotes from reviews of The Vessel A3SE: "World-class, high-end sound for only $99, its unmatched price-to-performance ratio allows those with modest budgets a taste of what high-end vinyl reproduction really sounds like."

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Product Features

  • "Upgradeable to world-class levels just by switching the stylus to R3SM and B3SS - winners in an 11-cartridge shootout under $1,000."
  • The 2017 Sound Advice Product of the Year - Don Lindich, Sound Advice syndicated newspaper column and website
  • "Natural, musical sound, excellent retrieval of fine detail, pleasing warmth and impressive dynamics all come together to give a lot of much more expensive cartridges a run for their money."
  • "Perfect choice to upgrade the starter cartridges included with entry-level turntables, or to bring new life to a vintage turntable being brought back into service again."

"upgradeable to world-class levels just by switching the stylus to r3sm and b3ss - winners in an 11-cartridge shootout under $1,000." "natural, musical sound, excellent retrieval of fine detail, pleasing warmth and impressive dynamics all come together to give a lot of much more expensive cartridges a run for their money." The 2017 sound advice product of the year - don lindich, sound advice syndicated newspaper column and website "perfect choice to upgrade the starter cartridges included with entry-level turntables, or to bring new life to a vintage turntable being brought back into service again."

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Sumiko Audio - Blue Point Special EVO III - MC Phono Cartridge

Sumiko Audio

Blue Point Special EVO III, MC Phono Cartridge

by Sumiko
What We like

Highoutput moving coil design

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Product Features

  • Chemically coated aluminum cantilever
  • Sumiko Blue Point Special EVO III Turntable Accessory

Chemically coated aluminum cantilever Sumiko blue point special evo iii turntable accessory

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Denon DL-301MK2 Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

Denon DL-301MK2 Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

by Denon
What We like

Stylus: special Elliptical tip

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Product Features

  • Frequency range: 20hz-60khz
  • Output: 0.4mV
  • Output Impedance: 33ohms
  • Tracking force: 1.2-1.6G

Output impedance: 33ohms Frequency range: 20hz-60khz Output: 0.4mv Tracking force: 1.2-1.6g

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