Steely Dan UHQR Series

Features: Cartridges

January 12th, 2023

The Fixed Coils In Soundsmith's Paua Mk II Phono Cartridge Will Move You

a cartridge caught in the electrical twilight zone between MM and MC

By: Michael Fremer

Moving Iron is the Rodney Dangerfield of cartridge technology. It gets no respect. Analog enthusiasts regularly debate “moving coil or moving magnet?” but rarely is moving iron part of the discussion. It’s true that “moving iron” is a type of moving magnet cartridge, but companies that manufacturer them, (Grado, Goldring and Soundsmith are today’s main players, though in the past ADC, Sonus, B&O and probably others did as well) make it a point to distinguish their... Read More

October 13th, 2022

Luxman's Sonorous Sounding LMC-5 MC Cartridge

sweet sounding MC

By: Michael Fremer

Luxman’s LMC-5 MC phono cartridge got “caught” in the move from my previous endeavor to, so this review has been delayed for many months, but what’s the rush when there’s a forty year gap between this cartridge’s introduction last March and the LMC-2’s debut back in 1982? Not sure what took them so long, or what happened to LMC-3 (four is an unlucky number in Japan, which is why when you play golf there you yell “three!” or “five!”), but welcome... Read More