Category Archives: cartridges

Lyra Titan i

  Jonathan Carr is surely one of the world’s finest living cartridge designers. Along with his Japanese cartridge builder Yoshinori Mishima, and Norwegian business partner Stig Borge, together they form Lyra. The company has been going for nearly three decades now – launched

Lyra Titan i

  Jonathan Carr is surely one of the world’s finest living cartridge designers. Along with his Japanese cartridge builder Yoshinori Mishima, and Norwegian business partner Stig Borge, together they form Lyra. The company has been going for nearly three decades now – launched

North West Analogue

There’s something highly personal about moving coil cartridges, and they lie very deep in an analogue addict’s affections. When they wear out, they’re not easy to replace. There are some excellent modern designs from a number of manufacturers, but sometimes people

North West Analogue

There’s something highly personal about moving coil cartridges, and they lie very deep in an analogue addict’s affections. When they wear out, they’re not easy to replace. There are some excellent modern designs from a number of manufacturers, but sometimes people

Audio Technica AT-95E

Meet the Honda Civic of cartridges. There are better ones, there are worse ones, but you always know what you’re getting – a quality product that does the job you bought it for. It’s not flashy, nor is it particularly

Audio Technica AT-95E

Meet the Honda Civic of cartridges. There are better ones, there are worse ones, but you always know what you’re getting – a quality product that does the job you bought it for. It’s not flashy, nor is it particularly

Ortofon VMS20E MkII

There were times in the mid nineteen seventies when Ortofon cartridges were everywhere. Practically every new sub-£100 turntable seemed to come sold with an FF15E – a fine sounding £15 budget design – whereas your Rega Planar 3s, Ariston RD40s and

Ortofon VMS20E MkII

There were times in the mid nineteen seventies when Ortofon cartridges were everywhere. Practically every new sub-£100 turntable seemed to come sold with an FF15E – a fine sounding £15 budget design – whereas your Rega Planar 3s, Ariston RD40s and

Rega R100

Launched in 1978, this moving magnet cartridge sold for the princely sum of £37, which was a lot of money in those days for a phono cartridge. Indeed in a world where an Ortofon VMS20E at £25 was considered extravagant,

Rega R100

Launched in 1978, this moving magnet cartridge sold for the princely sum of £37, which was a lot of money in those days for a phono cartridge. Indeed in a world where an Ortofon VMS20E at £25 was considered extravagant,

profile: Hideo Matsushita

The Japanese founder of Audio-Technica first moved to Tokyo aged 32, and went to work for the Bridgestone Museum of Art in 1951. The museum’s director urged him to run what he called ‘LP concerts’, and, “these were much more

profile: Hideo Matsushita

The Japanese founder of Audio-Technica first moved to Tokyo aged 32, and went to work for the Bridgestone Museum of Art in 1951. The museum’s director urged him to run what he called ‘LP concerts’, and, “these were much more

Shure V15VxMR

In hi-fi, there have been few longer lasting things than the Shure V15. From 1964 to 2005 it was the American company’s flagship pickup cartridge, and went through no less than eight different incarnations. It built up a tremendously loyal fanbase; for

Shure V15VxMR

In hi-fi, there have been few longer lasting things than the Shure V15. From 1964 to 2005 it was the American company’s flagship pickup cartridge, and went through no less than eight different incarnations. It built up a tremendously loyal fanbase; for