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Cartridge exchange SME 10

Discussion in 'audio' started by Greenhorn, May 16, 2019.

  1. Greenhorn

    Greenhorn Member

    I have a SME 10 turntable, model 10 tonearm and require a new cartridge as the existing Ortofon bronze quintet is past its best.
    Having read a number of reviews I am currently considering the Van Den Hul one special and the Dynavector XX2 II MCC.
    System comprises Naim NAC 82, Hi Cap, NAP 250, B&W PM1's.
    As the try before you buy option is not available with cartridges I was interested in any advice/recommendations?
  2. FireMoon

    FireMoon pfm Member

    The Audio Technica ART-9 is well worth considering.
  3. I.D.C.

    I.D.C. pfm Member

    On my Model 10 A is a Sumoko pearwood Celabration 11 cartridge it sounds phenomenal. Sumoko designed this cartridge usinga SME tone arm. They are a wee bit expensive however will last for years. Even got one stored away to beat inflation.
  4. daytona600

    daytona600 Registered User

    Use the trade in value on your Ortofon & get a Cadenza
    ART9 also excellent per other post
  5. alan967tiger

    alan967tiger pfm Member

    A Lyra Delos is also really good with SME arms.
    tonyx likes this.
  6. slawekt

    slawekt pfm Member

    I also have SME 10 but with 309 tonearm , Cadenza Bronze works very well , kind of sweet spot in said range , Replicant stylus is hard to beat
  7. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    do you like the sound of the bronze? It has a slight warmth (by design) so if that's your thing???
  8. slawekt

    slawekt pfm Member

    I'm not sure why everybody say Bronze sounds "warm" , is very important to get Repicant stylus around 92 degrees and get azimuth right , measured frequency response is very much as quoted by Ortofon +2.5/-1dB . I used to have Cadenza Blue and Bronze is definitely a step up , Bronze is best measuring cartridge I owned apart from 2M Black which was a sniff more linear .
  9. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    Because, if you ask Ortofon, they say that's the way the range is designed.
  10. slawekt

    slawekt pfm Member

    If that's what they say then yes I like Bronze's "warm" sound , to me matters frequency response not salesman talk.
    SME TT's are called clinical so final product of SME and Bronze must be neutral:)
    Rockmeister likes this.
  11. Tim Jones

    Tim Jones pfm Member

    Based on my five years with a 20/3A, I suggest DVs work well, and (modern) Lyras especially well with an SME.

    I've just put an old 17D2(.5) on mine - not a combination that's very common - and it's the best thing I've heard for a while. "Warm" it's not, but that's a taste thing I guess.
  12. uncl_nigel

    uncl_nigel pfm Member

    From my personal experience with an SME 20/2A I'd go for a DV (I've heard great sound from both 20 and 17D3).

    I am currently using a Grado Sonata 2 but its wide body can get very close to the clamp at the end of a very full LP side (not a major problem for me since I generally don't use the clamp).
  13. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    A Benz would be nice and balance the 'neutrality' of the SME.
    chris@panteg likes this.
  14. slawekt

    slawekt pfm Member

    I used Benz Wood SL with SME10 as well and it sounded "warm" compared to Cadenza Bronze , which was clearly seen on f. response with a pronounced rise below 200Hz and marginally smaller frequency peak above 10KHz , sounded very smooth
  15. colasblue

    colasblue pfm Member

    If you're happy with it why not just get a new one?

    You'll get a lot more bang for your buck by upgrading the 82's PS than by buying a megabucks m/c
  16. Greenhorn

    Greenhorn Member

    My intention was to upgrade the 82's PS, before I noticed the deterioration of the performance of the cartridge. This is still the plan once the new cartridge is bedded in and I have saved up some more money.
    My instinct is that I am underselling the turntable with my current cartridge and have budget limitations on a replacement.
    I will do some research and discuss your suggestions with my local dealer who is a good guy.

    Thank you for the feedback and suggestions.
  17. slawekt

    slawekt pfm Member

    There is ZYX R50 Bloom MK3 on Art of Sound forum , just few hours use and almost half a price , very nice cartridge for the money

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