Art of the Cart

Just recently Audio Technica started a new campaign promoting their new Art1000 cartridge, coming with the coils close to the stylus. The principle is shown below and it is not new.

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Audio Technica claims they have added some revolutionary developments and also startet a patent. I am curious what we will see and hear in the press.

My Neumann DST provides a similar structure and the Victor L-1000 Laboratory too.Maybe long forgotten I got to attention to this vintage cart by my friend in Sydney. I received the Victor with the matching headshell.

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t took a while until testing the Victor as I was busy with re-arranging some tables in my listening room. When a friend visited me two days ago we put it into the FR-66s, run it via a Final Labs SUT (40 Ohm) into the Kondo M7/EMT JPA 66 (in line function as preamplifier).We, and me in particular,  were curious what it does? To be honest I didn’t expect too much. And: wow, just on the contrary the music we heard was very nice. We then exchanged the headshell litz with Ortofon silver ones and connected the Victor to the JPA’ s 1mV, 200 Ohms input. The sound exploded in a wonderful way, very similar to the Neumann but a bit more open on the highs. Its dynamic and bass capability blossomed much more.

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In the end it looks to me that the Victor L-1000 is one of the most interesting discoveries in the last five years. It beats many carts at and above 5000. So should i try the AT? A company I do respect very much and have collected many carts from,  MM and MC. Lets see…

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