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The table below lists examples of cartridges and optimum settings based on our experience and users' feedback. Please note that some results differ from manufacturer recommendations. This is most common for MM cartridges, where loading of 47 kohm is a de-facto industry standard, while many modern cartridges benefit from lower (or higher) loading. The examples below are not the definitive guide and should be considered as the first step in fine tuning performance of a cartridge - preamplifier system in order to maximize sound quality and synergy with the rest of the music reproduction chain.

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OPTIMUM CARTRIDGE SETTINGS Phono-1 SETTINGS
CARTRIDGE LOAD GAIN R11, R12 R21, R22 R101, R102
           
ADC QLM34 Mk III 47 kohm 40 dB - - -
           
Argent MC500H 100 ohm 50 dB 100 ohm 47.5 ohm -
           
Audio Technica AT-OC9ML/II 47 ohm 60 dB 47.5 ohm 47.5 ohm 47.5 ohm
Audio Technica AT15SA 23 kohm 50 dB 47.5 kohm 47.5 ohm -
Audio Technica AT33-PTG 47 ohm 60 dB 47.5 ohm 47.5 ohm 47.5 ohm
Audio Technica AT150MLX 47 kohm 40 dB - - -
           
Benz Micro Ace 23 kohm 40 dB 47.5 kohm - -
           
Clearaudio Maestro Wood (v1) 47 kohm 40dB - - -
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Decca (London) Maroon33 kohm50 dB105 kohm--
           
Denon DL-103R 100 ohm 65 dB 100 ohm 22.1 ohm 47.5 ohm
Denon DL-110 10 kohm 50 dB 13 kohm 47.5 ohm -
Denon DL-301 Mk II 200 ohm 60 dB 200 ohm 47.5 ohm 47.5 ohm
Denon DL-304 500 ohm 65 dB 511 ohm 22.1 ohm 47.5 ohm
           
Dynavector 10X5 1 kohm 50 dB 1 kohm 47.5 ohm -
           
GAS Sleeping Beauty 100 ohm 65 dB 100 ohm 22.1 ohm 47.5 ohm
           
Goldring  Eroica LX 47 ohm 60 dB 47.5 ohm 47.5 ohm 47.5 ohm
           
Grado Prestige Black 23 kohm 40 dB 47.5 kohm - -
Grado Prestige Blue 23 kohm 40 dB 47.5 kohm - -
Grado Prestige Green 47 kohm 40 dB - - -
           
Koetsu Onyx 47 ohm 60 dB 47.5 ohm 47.5 ohm 47.5 ohm
           
Linn Arkiv 100 ohm 65 dB 100 ohm 22.1 ohm 47.5 ohm
           
Lyra Delos 100 ohm 55 dB 100 ohm 22.1 ohm -
           
Music Hall Magic 3 (mfg. by Ortofon) 23 kohm 40 dB 47.5 kohm - -
           
Ortofon 2M Blue 23 kohm 40 dB 47.5 kohm - -
Ortofon 2M Bronze 47 kohm 40 dB - - -
Ortofon 2M Red 23 kohm 40 dB 47.5 kohm - -
Ortofon M20FL-Super 47 kohm 40 dB - - -
Ortofon OM 5E 47 kohm 40 dB - - -
Ortofon Super OM 20 23 kohm 40 dB 47.5 ohm - -
           
Pioneer PC-41MC 23 kohm 50 dB 47.5 kohm 47.5 kohm -
           
Rega Elys 2 47 kohm 40 dB - - -
Rega Exact MM 23 kohm 50 dB 47.5 kohm 47.5 ohm -
           
Reson Reca MM 47 kohm 40 dB - - -
           
SAE 1000E 47 kohm 50 dB - 47.5 ohm -
           
Shelter 501 MkII MC 100 ohm 60 dB 100 ohm 47.5 ohm 47.5 ohm
           
Shure N75EJ 23 kohm 40 dB 47.5 kohm - -
Shure M97xE 23 kohm 40 dB 47.5 kohm - -
           
Stanton 890AL 47 kohm 40 dB - - -
           
Van den Hul Frog 47.5 ohm 55 dB 47.5 ohm 22.1 ohm -
           

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