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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
I replaced my Ortofon 2M Red with this outstanding cartidge. I mounted this cart to a Project Debut Carbon, and sounds absolutely awesome now that it's broke in. For the price, I doubt it's possible to find a better cartridge. My past cartridges have been the 2M Red, an Audiotechnica 95e, a Shure M97xe, and a Sumiko Pearl. The Pearl is probably the most overrated of the aforementioned carts. I suggest using the ClearAudio recommend mech pencil lead method when aligning the cartridge. It helps to avoid optical bias errors.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
By Christopher A Lopez
Excellent cartridge!...Especially for the price. This replaced my Ortofon 2m Red on my Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC which I was pretty happy with. Read that the Concept V2 MM was a better fit and it is. It's much quieter and detailed. Very noticeable difference in overall sound quality. I have about 15 hours break-in time and looking forward to the maximum potential of this cart, however I can't imagine how much better it can possibly get. I heard it takes 50 hrs to fully break-in.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful. See all 5 customer reviews...
A real giant killer!
By Doug Bowker
This cartridge replaced a Grado wood body that cost twice what the Clearaudio did, and I am amazed at the quality and sound right out of the box. Setup was about a tricky as any high-end cartridge, but not overly so. Sound is strong, precise with no grain or harshness. Smooth where it should be but not rounding over transients. Good depth of sound-stage; in it's first day or so more forward than deep, but I have a feeling that's just needing more break-in time.
Being played on a Well-Tempered Classic TT and arm, through a Grado PH-1 phono amp, then into a Krell KAV integrated amp and out from Pro-AC Response 2.5 speakers.