recently experimenting with some good Sony carts running on my Sony PS-X9 I now went for two other cartridges: The Ikeda 9Rex Kiwami and the Miyabi Standard. The results are overwhelming stating that when all matching parameters are nearly perfect this vintage direct drive is able delivering a very fine sound !
TT: Sony PS-X9; Phonopre: Zanden 1200 MK II MM; Cables: Valhalla, Crystal Cable Dream; Pre: Audio Research 40 Anniv; Amps: WAVAC 833 MKII; Speakers & Sub: Bavarian Voice 88; Power Supply: Audio16
– Ikeda 9Rex Kiwami with Step Up Kondo KSL SFz
– Miyabi Standard with Step Up Fidelity Research AGT-5X
2 thoughts on “Sony Reloaded”
What do you think of the respective cartridges using the Sony TT?
The Sony carts are very well matching the PS-X9. The XL 55 Pro, XL 88, XL 88D are vintage Sony carts when coming in a good condition you will enjoy them enormously, producing a warm and lush tone especially with good rock pressings. I prefer using the XL 88 in the SAEC WE 8000, the other two in a FR-66s.
The Miyabi and the Ikeda Kawami are also pretty nice matchings with the PS-X9. I would vote for the Miyabi Standard in this combination. The Kawami is quite difficult in adjusting and getting matched, it needs patience.