Top Cart

While owning a Neumann DST in very good condition I was curious what another Neumann cart, the DST 62, would tell me?


This particular DST 62 was hardly used, was never opened (you see the sealing on the screw!), is 100% original und was thoroughly checked electrically, under a microscope and on an EMT 927. It fits all tonearms with the EMT-Standard, e.g. EMT 997, Ortofon RMA 309 etc. and of course Neumann turntables. But who is running a Neumann table today?


I mounted it on my Ortofon tonearm using a heavier weight thus reaching the necessary 6.0 p. It sounds perfect and everything checked out the way it is supposed to be. With these old boys you never know and sometimes you are taking a risk. I have seen so many open 62s and I wouldn`t ask how many hands have worked on them in the last 50 years…

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Thus being very happy I put a Neumann BV33 or a Western Electric 618B SUT in front of the EMT JPA 66 phono pre (via MM input). The sound is overwhelming! I was prepared by my white DST that I might not hear the detailed and dynamical sound a Lyra Atlas provides in a modern chain but the music I was able listening to is such powerful, quiet and paired with a smooth, rounded flavor as I have never experienced with another cartridge.

The DST 62 sounds even rounder than my white DST which is able to produce a similar sound, at least not as balanced and precise as the black beast!
Sitting in front of my system this morning I was resistent getting up from my listening chair after the needle touched the groove for the first time. This usually is a very good sign…




My friend in Utah is right when stating : “Nothing sounds like the Neumann cartridges, way ahead of everything else!” Especially with the Neumann BV33 SUT! 




8 thoughts on “Top Cart

  1. Hi

    I am curious to know how you balance the Neumann DST on an RMA-297 since the cartridge is so heavy that the tracking weight is way over the 6.5 g recommended by Neumann. Did you add extra weight at the rear of the tonearm? It would be great if you could share your experience.



  2. Hi William,

    There are two ways to add on weight. When you are clicking at the side bar “tonarms” you may find solutions under “need weight”, “Refurbishing an old Ortofon RMG 309” and “Once upon a time”. I prefer using the weight of the RMG 309.



    • Thanks E. I’ve just tried putting the weight of my RMG309 onto the RMA-297, and it works. The maximum tracking force I can get to now is not quite 6 g, but something like 5.7 g. Good enough for trying things out. Previously I didn’t even notice that the weight from the RMG-309 was bigger and longer.

      Thanks again.


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