Top 10 Best phono Cartridges
for May 2022

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GRADO Prestige Black3 Phono Cartridge w/Stylus - Standard Mount

GRADO Prestige Black3 Phono Cartridge w/Stylus

Standard Mount

by Grado
What We like

Latest enhancements provide improved performance - Twin magnet system

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Product Features

  • THIS IS A STANDARD MOUNT, it connects with 4 WIRES - NOT PMOUNT - See image for connection
  • Outer housing dampening technique - 4 high purity copper wire coils
  • Turntable Cartridge - compatible with most turntables - standard mount

Turntable cartridge - compatible with most turntables - standard mount This is a standard mount, it connects with 4 wires - not pmount - see image for connection Outer housing dampening technique - 4 high purity copper wire coils

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9.5
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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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Rega - Carbon MM Phono Cartridge

Rega

Carbon MM Phono Cartridge

by Rega
What We like

Easy to install

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Product Features

  • High quality, moving magnet phono cartridge
  • Designed to be simple to set up
  • Accurately reproduces music
  • Standard on the RP1 turntable

Designed to be simple to set up Standard on the rp1 turntable Accurately reproduces music High quality, moving magnet phono cartridge

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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

  • "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."
  • The 2017 Sound Advice Product of the Year - Don Lindich, Sound Advice syndicated newspaper column and website

The 2017 sound advice product of the year - don lindich, sound advice syndicated newspaper column and website "upgradeable to world-class levels just by switching the stylus to r3sm and b3ss - winners in an 11-cartridge shootout under $1,000." "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." "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."

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8.7
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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

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

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

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8.7
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Sumiko Amethyst Phono Cartridge

Sumiko Amethyst Phono Cartridge

by Sumiko Phono Cartridges
What We like

Moving Magnet architecture compatible with nearly any phono stage

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7.4
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Sumiko Blue Point Special EVO III High Output Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

Sumiko Blue Point Special EVO III High Output Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

by Sumiko
What We like

Stylus Size/Shape .3x.7/Elliptical

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Product Features

  • Frequency Response 12Hz50KHz
  • Moving Coil
  • Channel Separation 35dB

Frequency response 12hz50khz Channel separation 35db Moving coil

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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

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

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

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7
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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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7
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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
  • Tracking force: 1.2-1.6G
  • Output Impedance: 33ohms
  • Output: 0.4mV

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

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