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Cartridges and phono settings
#1
Thought it might be helpful to have a thread to list cartridges people use, with the corresponding phono stage settings.

To get the ball rolling, I have:

Wilson Benesch Ply (high-output moving coil)
Type: MC
Max Level: 1600 µV
Loading: High Ω, 0 pF

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Wilson Benesch Full Circle, Sonos ZP90 (Cullen modified), Devialet 440 Pro, Kaiser Chiara
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#2
Cartridge Rega Apheta:

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Type: MC
Max Level: 500 µV
Loading: 100 Ω, (see note) pF

Note: about the pF in the specifications Rega advices 1000pF, this value cant be setted in the configurator, max is 700pF. I'm still doing test to find the better value. For now is set to 500pF and sounding delicious.
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#3
Clearaudio Concept MC

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Max level: 400
Loading 100 Ohm
Devialet 200 <> Bowers & Wilkins 805 Diamond <> Aurender N100 <> Clearaudio Concept MC <> Audioquest Rocket 44/Coffee USB

The Netherlands
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#4
Benz LPS
400 uV
460 ohm
0 pF

/Mike
Ex D400 Now Aavik U-300/Feickert Woodpecker2-Kuzma 4P-Kondo silver-Benz LPS-Teddy Pardo PSU/Naim Unitiserve-Teddy Pardo PSU/SF Guarneri Homage/Whole system decoupled by Ansuz DTC/Cables from Ansuz, DYI and other commercial/Dedicated mains and spur-Lampizator SILK
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#5
I have a tip, setting the maximum cartridge output can be tricky. Set too high vs the actual cartridge output and the amps power supply is forced to work to hard. Set too low, and you can get clipping, the dreaded orange flashing dot appearing on the remote app display. Some cartridge outputs are listed as so many uV at 1 kHz / 5 m/s or similar. The point being that this is not actually a maximum figure. Trial and error is needed to fine tune this, but you can check the level by scrolling through the menus on the Devialet display, until the sound level bars appear. This display gives an indication of how close you are getting to 0 db. I'd like to claim to be the very cleaver guy who thought of this, but I got this one from Ali at Oxford Audio, he in turn got it from another customer, so there is a cleaver chap out there somewhere.
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#6
(10-Aug-2014, 22:29)Confused Wrote: I have a tip, setting the maximum cartridge output can be tricky. Set too high vs the actual cartridge output and the amps power supply is forced to work to hard. Set too low, and you can get clipping, the dreaded orange flashing dot appearing on the remote app display. Some cartridge outputs are listed as so many uV at 1 kHz / 5 m/s or similar. The point being that this is not actually a maximum figure. Trial and error is needed to fine tune this, but you can check the level by scrolling through the menus on the Devialet display, until the sound level bars appear. This display gives an indication of how close you are getting to 0 db. I'd like to claim to be the very cleaver guy who thought of this, but I got this one from Ali at Oxford Audio, he in turn got it from another customer, so there is a cleaver chap out there somewhere.

Super! I will def do this, finally these bars come in handy Smile

/Mike
Ex D400 Now Aavik U-300/Feickert Woodpecker2-Kuzma 4P-Kondo silver-Benz LPS-Teddy Pardo PSU/Naim Unitiserve-Teddy Pardo PSU/SF Guarneri Homage/Whole system decoupled by Ansuz DTC/Cables from Ansuz, DYI and other commercial/Dedicated mains and spur-Lampizator SILK
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#7
Air Tight PC-3

550 µV
70 Ω
0pF

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#8
I'm interested in this thread as I have a Rega Exact MM cartridge on a RP6. I simply set the sensitivity to 8mV seeing as the maximum output of the cartridge is 7.5mV. Hopefully someone who knows what they're doing will correct me!
Devialet 200, Melco N1A, Rega RP6/Exact, Raidho C-1.1, grounding boxes.
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#9
My friend will be purchasing a RP6, and I want to gift him the capsule, how do you fin the Exact? I have been adviced that the Nagaoka MP-200 is a better capsule in that range of price.

As for your rega Exact, Is listed as 6.8 to 7.2mV output, maybe 8mV is a bit high, but since I'm a complete Newbie on this, better to hear other opinions. Big Grin

(10-Aug-2014, 22:29)Confused Wrote: I have a tip, setting the maximum cartridge output can be tricky. Set too high vs the actual cartridge output and the amps power supply is forced to work to hard. Set too low, and you can get clipping, the dreaded orange flashing dot appearing on the remote app display. Some cartridge outputs are listed as so many uV at 1 kHz / 5 m/s or similar. The point being that this is not actually a maximum figure. Trial and error is needed to fine tune this, but you can check the level by scrolling through the menus on the Devialet display, until the sound level bars appear. This display gives an indication of how close you are getting to 0 db. I'd like to claim to be the very cleaver guy who thought of this, but I got this one from Ali at Oxford Audio, he in turn got it from another customer, so there is a cleaver chap out there somewhere.

So basically, what I need here is to get those bars as close to zero (aka. high) as possible then?. And that is got by playing with the "max Level" Adjust in the Configurator?
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#10
I just set it so the maximum sensitivity is just greater than the maximum output of the cartridge so to avoid clipping. To be honest I got a bit paranoid about clipping due to a bug in previous Devialet firmwares that meant the orange and red clipping lights were flashing all the time even with voltage set to maximum 10mV. I ought to try and calibrate it a bit better.
I just followed the instructions/cardboard template while calibrating the cartridge. I don't have any specialist alignment tools, but used my Wera torque driver to ensure bolts were even.
The Exact seems to have mixed reviews, but people who I trust (e.g turntable tuners) really rate it And it came with the turntable which I bought for a good price secondhand, so haven't changed it.
Devialet 200, Melco N1A, Rega RP6/Exact, Raidho C-1.1, grounding boxes.
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