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Hi all,

Just decided to treat myself to a new (second) turntable and after much debate have settled on Michell's Odyssey which comes complete with their Technoarm.

I'm now looking for a cartridge to suit this and my AVI integrated (with phono stage) and AVI Trios.

I'm after an m/c and really don't want to go beyond about 350 quid at present, less would be welcome, so anybody any thoughts on which carts I should be shortlisting?

Cheers

Dave

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With that combo I'd look at the Ortofon Rondo Red. I think it's just under £350 (£300 I think). Very good carts and I seriously condsidered the Blue version before settling on the dorian.

Last year the Michell Odyssey/Technoarm combo was reviewed with the RondoBlue by Dave Price in Hifi World - admittedly he like Michell and Ortofon - but he was very impressed with this combo. I think the stlyus profile is the main difference between the two - the Blue is £100 more.

Other than that I used a Goldring Elite (£250) on my Orbe/technoarm combo before the Dorian and thoroughly enjoyed it.

All my carts are run into a Trichord Dino+ and I'm not familiar with the AVI amps but I'm sure these would match quite well.

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Thanks Griffo,

very quick response and from outside my home town too!

I'm glad to have you suggest the Ortofons, I run a Kontrapunkt H in my current PT/SME set up and love it but frankly can't stretch to another one right now so I'm pleased to hear the lower cost Ortofon's get a positive verdict.

Do you happen to recall which edition of HFW had the Odyssey review ?

Cheers

Dave:)

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Not sure exactly but it was about July/August (ish) last year. I have the edition at home somewhere - I'll check over the weekend see if I still have it and report back on Monday (no internet at home). Just checked their web page no mention of back issues :x

By all accounts the Odyssey is a super TT and Technoarm a great match - and I'm not just saying that cos I use one on my Orbe. Looks pretty damn gorgeous as well :love:.

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Thanks again Griffo,

I was torn between the Odyssey and an Orbe SE and I have to admit that the looks did play a part in my final decision - it is gorgeous! I suspect I'll end up buying the Orbe platter upgrade at some point though:nerd:

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I have a contact in Canada who can provide Ortofon Kontrapunkts at excellent prices if you're interested? He also sells Rohmanns, Jubilees etc.

I paid £360 inc shipping last year (no import tax - value marked at $15) for a Kontrapunkt B. That was a £390 saving on UK price :D

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Hi Papa,

That is very interesting indeed, admittedly slightly above the ceiling I'd set myself but if I was able to get a "B" at 360 I'd be sorely tempted to wait for one more payday and then go for it. Please do pass on the contact details.

bearddavid@yahoo.com if you prefer not to post the details here.

Thanks

Dave

p.s. wile very grateful for such a contact and happy to provide a return favour whenever possibleI'm really not prepared to go along with "Daave you're my wife now!" :shock:

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denon dl304 nothing under 500 quid comes near.

don't get any ortofon cartridges. go for a van den hul. far better

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Hi Rudolph,

thanks for your input, must admit the Denon is one I'd thought seriously about, can't quite accept your "ortofon's no good" view at face value since I love the Kontrapunkt I'm using on my PT / SME rig but nonetheless interested in comparing with the Denon, how would you describe it's advantages ?

Cheers

Dave.

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much cleaner with very little surface noise.

if your going to get a good cartridge stick with a van den hul. they are the best you can get. i have a high end dealer friend, who calls most cartridges JUNK. mention ortofon or audio technica to him and he laughs. and he knows his stuff alright he uses a rockport sirius. which is a 100k deck.

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