Kiseki Purpleheart ns VS Koetsu Urushi

Kiseki Purpleheart ns VS Koetsu Urushi

Postby 33+1third » Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:03 pm

Another decision question :) I have a VPI Avenger with 12" UniPivot "FatBoy". If you had a frivolous 3k of so to spend on a MC cartridge what would you choose and why? I'm leaning towards Kiseki Purpleheart ns VS Koetsu Urushi. I currently use an "old" Koetsu Goldline Black. I'd most likely keep the Black and someday have a factory rebuild.
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Re: Kiseki Purpleheart ns VS Koetsu Urushi

Postby Golear » Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:24 am

Kiseki Purpleheart. If you like neutral sound and great dynamics, there's also the Clearaudio line. I'd be cautious about a Koetsu on anything but an AirTangent arm, unless someone I trust (like HW) chimes in and says it's ok.

This brings up an interesting point, though: VTA.

If you don't adjust the VTA for each LP, there'd be a limit to the superlative performance that you're paying for. If you don't hear a difference, then don't worry about spending a lot on the cartridge.

And It's a lot to say, "I want fantastic performance, and oh by the way, this should happen without having to adjust the VTA". Alas, that's just not how it works.
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