Acoustic Sounds
phono cartridge survey
By: Michael Fremer

April 30th, 2023



My Cartridge Collection Video

up close and no "fiddly finger" drops!

After the "room" video posted (now with more than 91,000 views!) viewers asked why I didn't show any cartridges, so here goes. You'll see close up, some of the phono cartridges I've bought and collected over the years, but not all of them. This was not the place to discuss specs, so it's more just an overview, not a technical overview. I may have had the Audio Technnica AT-MC2022 in the system so I don't think it's in the video and there are some others that would have been interesting to show but it would have made the video go on and on.....

No cartridges were hurt while producing this video.

The videographer got close to get the cartridges in focus and only afterwards did I notice I had a case of "Forrest Whitaker Droopy Eye Syndrome" ( a condition known as "ptosis"), which I do not have, but I did have bad allergies that day and was feeling ill-focused myself (the videographer kept everything well-focused) but as they say "the show must go on" and I didn't break any of the cartridges, though I had to handle them all in ways that are safer doing once installed on a tonearm! None broke. There's also a cable discussion sure to infuriate the "cable deniers" and some time spent on my digital rig.


  • 2023-05-01 03:32:41 PM

    Scott Dalzell wrote:

    I agree with Mikey's conclusion. This is the best time to be an audiophile. We are living in a golden age of great sounding music available in vast quantities in a variety of formats.