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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Buy it! With the Concorde Nightclub Mkii cart it sounds even better.
Can't say enough about this replacement. I was gonna replace the stylus on my Ortofon Concorde Nightclub Mkii cart with its original match, but decided to try the first reviewer's (Matthew) advice. Wow! The sound stage kicked up several notches. Don't get me wrong, the Mkii sounds great with an Mkii stylus, but this sounds even better. Almost like I'm in AT440mla or higher territory.
One of the most noticeable things I first became aware of once I played a few records was that surface noise was practically non-existent, even on war-torn Lps. Albums that previously had lots of crackling pops and clicks became almost silent. High five!! However, compared to the Mkii stylus, the Arkiv has more channel separation and detail. Again, I'm not bashing the Mkii stylus, it's just that this one blew it out of the water. No contest. I bought some classic, old, beat up 45s last week. Cleaned them up and played them with the Arkiv. Again, practically no surface noise and the detail was astonishing to say the least. I felt foolish for having downloaded those songs from iTunes when those downloads were no match for the vinyl version. The only way I can describe the sound is studio-like and present, like if they're in your living room.
I plan on buying a few more just in case Ortofon decides to discontinue them.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
Suitable replacement for Nightclub MKII
By Matthew Watt
I bought this replacement for use on an Ortofon Nightclub MKII cart, and it sounds identical. I thought as an experiment I would try this on a Nightclub MKII cart. While I use the original stylus for DJing, I dedicated this replacement as my vinyl-ripper-only.
Output from my Technics 1200-MD5, through my Pioneer mixer, to my Pioneer receiver and out of my Infinity speakers. I tossed the same new record on to two different turntables, one equipped with an all original Ortofon Nightclub MKII cart and stylus, and another with this Arkiv stylus on a Nightclub MKII cart. I honestly couldn't tell the difference. The frequency balance sounded identical from each stylus. Both are quite bright, giving a lot of favor to the high end. Perhaps the cart itself had more to do with the sound than the stylus, but I couldn't tell the difference.
Surely Ortofon isn't pulling a fast one on us and producing the same stylus for both, with a different colorscheme and price point for each?
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I'd like to do another test to see
By Anderson Trindade
I just started using and just for listening at the moment. I count tell much of a difference from the PRO. It's perhaps a bit brighter, maybe slightly louder and less warm than the PRO. I'd like to do another test to see. I'll add a review once I record with it.