Anybody Know About Phono Cartridges?

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  1. adk macrumors 68000

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    My turntable no longer seems to have a needle. My genius friend seems to have torn it off while trying to find a song. I need a new phono cartridge and this is a topic I know literally nothing about. I'm not looking to spend a ton of money to play dirty old records that I find at garage sales, but will I notice a difference between the $30 Audio-Technica and the $60 Grado?
     
  2. Victor ch macrumors 6502a

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    Grado cartridges are legendary, the audio tech one is probably very good, but if Grado cartridges are like they're headphones they are must buys.

    Victor
     
  3. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    The "needle" is a stylus, and quite a few of them are still available, without purchasing an entire new cartridge.

    Get the number off the cartridge and Google for further information.
     
  4. rpaloalto macrumors 6502a

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    I would say no. Not for sound reproduction anyway.

    I think the only difference in phono cartridges these days would be one of durability. Say if your in to mixing or scratching.

    The market for a phono cartridge is so small and specialized these days, they can charge what ever they want.
     
  5. adk thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I'm aware of that, but with the traumatic fashion in which the needle was broken off, I'd rather get a new cartridge in case of more internal damage in the cartridge.
     
  6. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    If you live near a Radio Shack, they still carry them. That's where I used to get cartridges for my Tecnics turntables (I still own them).
     

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