I opened up a new phono line by using my beloved Exclusive EA-10 tonearm which is Ikeda silver rewired thus transporting the signal via an Ortofon TSW-6000 phono cable to the Manley Cinook.
The tubes of the Manley phono I replaced with NOS Westex ones bringing the Cinook close to the field of superb phono stages. The last meter to the Pre is done by an Audioquest Sky.
I am using this line preferably for MI and MM cartridges, in this way the Manley operates in MM mode. Comparing two wonderful MI carts at the weekend, the Sussurro, the London Reference the winner is the London Reference, at least for Jazz music. The Soundsmith cart is also on the soft & warm side, perfectly sounding with Jazz records too. The Ikeda 9REX Kiwami MC also coming with a cantileverless diamond is another specialist, I prefer for rock and rap music via a SUT. Wow – what kind of dynamics and subtile information these three wonderful designs are able to deliver. They are very nicely balancing instruments and voices in a somehow different way than our other excellent MCs, maybe a bit more harmonical .
Staying only with classic MCs seems to be a bit boring, or? 🙂
Next time I will compare Moving Magnets…
btw. I do prefer exact alignment of tonearm and cartridge rather than “so so alignment”. My problem is I do hear the difference…
I am using the UNI-Din curve