What Are MM and MC Phono Cartridges?

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A Moving Magnet phono cartridge is comprised of a tiny magnet, located at the end of the cantilever of the stylus that sits between two coils. One coil caters to the left aspect of the music, while the other is for the right – this allows for the stereo sound. This magnet vibrates between the two coils and induces a small electrical current within them in the process. Because the magnet is so small, it needs less tracking/downward force to correctly manoeuvre between the grooves of a vinyl record. A Moving Iron cartridge makes use of essentially the same construction, but swaps the magnet for a tiny piece of iron or other light-weight and ferrous alloy. The iron is lighter and so reduces the necessary tracking force even further.

Moving Magnet is the most common type of phono cartridge, so many integrated amplifiers now feature a Moving Magnet phono stage and many manufacturers, such as Rega and Ortofon design and construct a wide range of MM cartridges with varying levels of quality. While every MM cartridge makes use of this fundamental construction, the way that this is implemented within a cartridge varies as do the materials used, allowing for differing qualities and a unique sound-signature depending on the brand and model.

Moving Magnet Cartridge Design

Moving Magnet Cartridge design. The Magnet sits between two coils at the end of the cantilever.

Moving Coil cartridges feature an inverted version of the Moving Magnet design. Instead of a magnet sitting on the end of the cantilever between two coils, the coils are attached the cantilever and a magnet is placed near them. Because space within the cartridge at this level is extremely limited, the coils are made from an exceptionally fine wire.

The coils tiny size results in a very low output. While Moving Magnet cartridges tend to offer a more relaxed, warmer sound, Moving Coils are known for offering a better level of detail and a wider stereofield than the Moving Magnet alternatives. Moving Coil Cartridges will often require an external phono-stage specific to their construction.

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Moving Coil Cartridge design. Inverted to MM design, the coil is this time on the cantilever with a magnet located close-by.

 

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Ortofon Quintet Series Cartridges

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Ortofon are a Danish manufacturer of high quality phono cartridges, designed to get the very most out of your vinyl collection from a variety of price points. Ortofon cartridges, both Moving Magnet and Moving Coil configuration are commonly found supplied with high quality ProJect turntable models, but Ortofon cartridges sound exceptional with any compatible turntable

 

The Quintet Series is Ortofon’s range of quality Moving Coil cartridges and are the result of years of relentless product development, research and continued innovation. Each model within the Quintet series has its own specific sound style and signature, but all of them follow the same philosophy of outstanding performance and retain true to Ortofon’s commitment to refining the analogue domain to a superlative level.

 

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Ortofon 2M Series Moving Magnet Cartridges

Ortofon 2M Series

 

Ortofon are a Danish manufacturer of high quality phono cartridges, designed to get the very most out of your vinyl collection from a variety of price points. Ortofon cartridges, both Moving Magnet and Moving Coil configuration are commonly found supplied with high quality ProJect turntable models, but Ortofon cartridges sound exceptional with any compatible turntable.

 

Ortofon’s 2M Series of cartridges are highly renowned and are often considered to be some of the best value for money moving magnet cartridges on the market today.

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Bowers & Wilkins MT-60D Home Cinema System

Bowers & Wilkins are renowned for their commitment to sound quality and classy design, having developed some of the most beautiful loudspeakers on the market today. The MT-60D is a discreet home-theatre system, designed and engineered to offer an immersive listening experience while also retaining an unobtrusive profile within your home cinema environment. 

 

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HifiGear: Chord Company Factory Visit

The Chord Company are a British manufacturer of high quality cables and interconnects, designed and engineered specifically for music enthusiasts by music enthusiasts. Chord build award-winning cables for hifi stereo systems, home theatre applications, high definition televisions/gaming, music streamers and for custom installation environments.

 

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Cameron and myself were recently invited down to the Chord factory in Salisbury, allowing us to put some faces to the names and voices we’ve befriended over telephone and email conversations, and also to get a real feel for the level of effort and care that Chord put into the design and construction of their award-winning cables.
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REGA: The Newest Member of the HifiGear Family

Rega Now Available

Rega Products Now Available From HifiGear

We’re really pleased to announce the the latest quality brand to be added to the HiFi Gear range; ‘Rega’, a well-established, British manufacturer of award-winning turntables, electronics and loudspeakers. A wide range of Rega products are now available in-store for purchase and demonstration.

 

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Sennheiser HD800, HDVD800 + CH800S System

Sennheiser offer a vast range of models with a familiar design concept; to offer the best possible sound quality and build quality at all price points. The HD800 headphones, when combined with the company’s HDVD800 amplifier/DAC and specially designed CH800S interconnect form a truly astounding, audiophile-grade personal listening experience.

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Record Store Day Special: Converting Vinyl to Digital

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Following the resurgence of vinyl, we’re quite often asked about how our customers can convert their analogue vinyl recordings into digital files that their modern devices can understand. Whether this be because their new vinyl purchase didn’t include a digital download link, or because they have some rarities or special pressings from the past that never made it on to the digital format. We’ve put together this step-by-step guide on how to convert your vinyl records into digital files. Of course, this process is done in real-time – so the larger your collection, the longer the process will take…

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AudioQuest Launch Dragonfly Black & Red (Compatible with Mobile!)

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The original Dragonfly took the industry by storm in 2012 as one of the best and most compact USB DACs at its price-point, a reputation strengthened and reiterated by multiple awards, five star reviews and glowing remarks from consumers and critics alike. AudioQuest have revived the Dragonfly once more, this time with the inclusion of a much desired feature…

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The Beefy Boys – Meat Boutique Meets Music Chic

The Beefy Boys are an award winning burger team hailing right here from our home town of Hereford. Starting out from a BBQ and a back garden, the boys have progressed their hobby from pop-up shops, to championships and have recently acquired a new permanent premises to operate from. We had the pleasure of providing the sound system.

 

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