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