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Moving Coil Turntable / Cartridge

I am curious if anyone uses a moving coil turntable cartridge and what the benefits are for using one over a traditional moving magnet cartridge? Seems like they are quite expensive and scarce. Thoughts?

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Moving coil cartridges are considered more accurate. Diminishing returns are in play at this level. We should acknowledge that our hearing isn't perfect so whether or not your cartridge performs flawlessly to 60KHz really only matters to your dog. The records that are going to be played are also a consideration; a faithful rendition of a compromised record is itself compromised.

The downside is that moving coil cartridges typically produce a much lower output voltage and will likely require one or more specialized and dedicated pre-amps. Most modern Marantz receivers support only moving magnet cartridges (some of the latest don't have phono inputs at all).
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Im not sure they are particularly rare, I have used MC for decades with a 200$ NAD MC pre and a 500$ Audio Technica cartridge, these are relatively pedestrian components. A theoretical advantage is that the coils are much lighter than the magnets, so the cantiler system can have better high frequency response with the lighter bits on the moving assembly.
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Moving coil cartridges are considered better but the proof is in the listening. Audition some if possible and see what you think. By the way there are high output and low output MC cartridges. One absolutely requires a phono stage and the other maybe not depending on your receiver or integrated amp or preamp.

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