Nagaoka MP 110 Hi-Fi turntable cartridge systems
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For AT, well, I like the VM95SH just a bit more than the ML, but neither are a pimple on a Nag to my ears.
It will indeed pick up flaws, mainly due to the high output, flattish frequency response, extreme stylus profile, and other design factors. It somehow manages to stay engaging despite it's mellow ways, this is through the detail it provides.
I've had varied results with the MP-110 in different turntable/pre-amp combinations, ranging from bright and breezy to thick and heavy. We found its square casing easy to fit and align, and from the outset our sample gave a bright, immediate sound that would work well in pepping up a dull system. I have been reading a lot of posts on this great forum since then, never dared posting as I could find most of the answers here, and was not knowledgeable enough to help I think.
In any case, in all my objective and subjective tests, the 95ML either matched or won out entirely against the Goldring 1042. But I think most people - me included - get cought to some YT vids and the praise for the Nagaoka MP-110 and the hype was there. I don't know if his calculator takes into account resistor damping or not, which may change that value.If you don't have a low-mass arm, it would better to use the M97xE with the built-in stabilising brush deployed. I'm puzzled by your comments on the MP11, in my system i found just the opposite to what your comments were.
I have both, and agree the 95ML is better, however, I also have the MP200 and in that case I prefer the 200s sound signature, but since it still uses a poor stylus I still rock the 95ML at the very least until I can retip a Micro stylus onto my MP200. The MP-110 reveals a sweet midrange, although we'd like some more bass weight to support its light and breezy character. Some reviews have championed the Nagoaka MP-110 as keeping inner-groove distortion to a barely perceptible level.Look at the KAB gain calculator to get an idea of how much gain you need and try to guesstimate where your mixer settings need to be. If I was forced to use a conical or elliptical (particular crappy bonded ones) for all of my records, I would have chucked my turntable out the window 6 months after trying to get back into vinyl 7-8 years ago and gone back to CD + digital only. One aspect of the MP-110 excels, however, regardless of the form of the AT: reduction in surface noise.