Dynavector 10X5 Cartridge
For more than 30 years Dynavector's Moving Coil cartridges have continuously enjoyed worldwide acclaim due to a combination of innovative design, advanced production techniques and an unwavering commitment to the musical source. Over the same period many new formats such as Compact Disc, MP3, SACD and DVDA have come to dominate music reproduction. However many audiophiles consider that these digital mediums leave much to be desired when compared to analogue recordings. Consumers and the recording companies remain confused as to which digital medium will become the standard and in the meantime the vast heritage of recorded music, spanning almost a century, is placed in jeopardy. Fortunately Dynavector have never capitulated to the giant digital industry and have continued to refine their unique range of MC cartridges, providing music lovers with the highest standard of music reproduction that matches or surpasses any digital source. At any price point, the audiophile can be guaranteed that a Dynavector MC cartridge will both move and excite the listener to new heights of listening pleasure. A pleasure for many that comes only from a genuine analogue source. Dynavector 10X5 Details The Dynavector 10X series High Output Moving Coil cartridge debuted in 1978 winning the prestigious Design and Engineering Award at the Chicago CES in both 1978 and 1981. The 10X series cartridges are also widely accepted at the benchmark in High Output moving coil cartridge at this price point and beyond. With the introduction of the new 10X5 High Output moving coil there is no doubt Dynavector will retain this enviable position and again set the standard for high output moving coil cartridges. Improvements to the Latest 10X5 The 10X5 now features Dynavector's unique magnetic flux damping and softened magnetism (patent) along with powerful Neodymium magnet that combine to eliminate any hardness or irritating edginess that commonly occurs in many moving coil cartridges. Dynavector are also renowned for the capability of winding the finest coil assemblies. This has enabled them to minutely increase the coil wire diameter of the 10X5 to achieve a reduction of impedance to 150 ohms whilst retaining a healthy 2.5mV output. This also ensures both a rugged and reliable circuitry. The 10X5 also features a newly designed Aluminium head block with M2.5 thread to provide a rigid platform for the cartridge motor and secure fixing to the tonearm. User Manual Stereophile Review "The Dynavector 10x5 more than lives up to my memory of its predecessor. This colorful, well-balanced, chunky-sounding cartridge played music extremely well, with a bonus of very fine stereo imaging. In other words, it's a great all-arounder...The Dynavector 10x5 should give you most of what you need at a bargain price. Wildly, highly recommended."
- Art Dudley, Stereophile Oct. 2003 tnt-audio "Bar none, I found the Dynavector to be the best overall cartridge that I have had the opportunity to hear to date, and a tremendous value to boot. I give the Dynavector DV-10x4 MKII my heartiest recommendation. In fact, I have been loath to invite my friend by for a listen. He may want his albums back!..." Techradar, Dynavector DV-10X5 review Precise sound for a bargain price The 10X5 is the least expensive cartridge in Japanese brand Dynavector's extensive range and its origins can be traced back to a time when vinyl ruled supreme (1978, to be specific). It has gone through five revisions since then, so is a more up-to-date design with an elliptical stylus and a more conventional downforce requirement for an MC of two grammes. 6th Street Bridge Review Even without any break-in, the Dynavector 10X5 shows itself to be a great performer. Music has color, vibrancy, dynamics and is now oh so much more fun to listen to. Listening to Supertramp's "Crime of the Century" revealed snarling guitars, deep rich bass and a wonderfully extended but clean treble. Instruments now had air around them and vocals had more definition. We listened to a few more discs - original pressings of Steely Dan, John Lee Hooker and Dire Straits - and reveled in the pure enjoyment of music. The 10X5 punches above it's price point with a quick detailed sound that doesn't get annoying. It is strange how the music sounds so fast but still has a warm natural rhythm and flow. From memory the overall sound reminds me of the original $99 Sumiko Blue Point of yore, but the 10X5 definitely has stronger bass and a more full bodied presence. A wallet-friendly option It has a strong 2.5mV output meaning you don't need a hyper-sensitive MC phono stage, making it more economical for those starting out on the vinyl path to sonic enlightenment. A forthcoming revision is said to include threaded inserts, which would greatly aid mounting, but as it stands it's difficult to set up. You have to use the supplied aluminium slot-head bolts and round nuts and there's no stylus guard for assurance. Vibrant Sounds Fortunately, it's worth the trouble (it wouldn't still be around if not) and is capable of producing a solid and precise soundstage with real weight and power. Tonally, it's very convincing too, managing to combine good detail resolution with a relaxed balance that's sensitive to timing without leaning on the leading edges. The lazy groove of Tom Waits' Swordfishtrombone sounds so right that it's hard to find the limitations unless you have something better on hand (the Ortofon Rondo Red reveals greater subtlety in the bass and a little more refinement). But the Dynavector makes up for this with vibrant dynamics and a great sense of timing that hooks you into the music.
Ratings & Reviews
Upgraded from a Denon 103R I had recently broken. Wow! I really wish I had purchased this car a long time ago! Surface noise and sibilance are GREATLY improved over the 103R. Bass is nice and tight and even on my small bookshelf Usher S-520's the soundstage is great! Running on my Rega P3-24 to Rega Aria (MC @ 400ohm) to Rega Elex-R. Fantastic!!!
I had this Dynavector matched to a restored Empire 398 and I can only convey what my ears tell me. When I put on my "Forever Changes" album by Love I actually "heard" sounds I had never before known were on the record. I have listened to Forever Changes for about 40 years on various decent set-ups, from Technics in the 70's through Audiotechnica recently, but the record has never sounded like it does now with this Dynavector. This cartridge is the real thing. I can't say if at my age my ears could tell the difference if I moved up another step or two and, frankly, why should I!
This seems to be a winner if you aren't into separate phono pre amps with cartridge loading options.Has the moving coil liquidity and much more enjoyable into a CJ PV10 A or Prima Luna phono section than the Grado Platinum I was using.
This is one great cartridge. Sounds better than the twice-the-price Soundsmith Zephyr it replaced on my VPI Classic. It sounds big, great separation and punch. Deep bass (took about 20 hours) and smooth highs. Tracks very well for me. Highly recommended.
This cartridge is fantastic. It is currently paired with a Sota Comet, and has provided a dramatic improvement over the cartridge it replaced. Fantastic range, and it really shines with blues, jazz,etc. With probably only 100 hours on it, the results so far indicate that you cannot get a better cartridge within this price range.
by Chris James
The Dynavector 10X5 is the most musical and tonally "correct" phono cartridge in the "under $750" price class. The 10X5 has all the strengths of its closest competitor, the Sumiko Blue Point, and adds to them with amazingly textured, layered and harmonically rich midrange that the Blue Point just doesn't do. Add to that the 10X5's STRONG tracking abilities and its unique airy/extended treble, and you have a real winner! The 10X5 is a true Best Buy, it works well on virtually all tonearms, and simply is THE cartridge for audiophiles who don't have $1000 or much more to spend; it REALLY IS that good!
Switched from the 2M Bronze to the 10x5 and right out of the box I couldn't be more pleased. Wow. I can't break from the turntable today and to think it's just going to get better. Love this cart.
I had a nice discussion with Brian and he suggested this cartridge. In a word WOW very pleased. Easy to install and enjoying every minute; can't wait till the break in period is complete
by Steve M
Worth every $ - a spectacular cartridge right out of the box. There is nothing to not like about the 10X5.
Well I thought it was good initially, the I got to reading about thr Zu version and though I might try to epoxy it to a brass headshell mounting plate. What a difference Deeper, more expansive sound stage, superb details that take you into the recording venu , extended bass and tightly controlled bass, just what's required for pipe organ tracks. All-in-all a superb cartridge at three times the price. If I could give it 10 srars I would
I had been using the 20X2 low output until my girlfriend broke the cantilever . So she bought me the 10x5.....I really can't tell much of a difference!! If you want the best bang for your buck...just get the 10x5!!!
Best money (other than the table itself) I've spent on the sound system. Went from a Grado Red to the Dynavector. The difference is night and day. Soundstage is loud and clear. Highs and mids are unbelievable. And the bass has a warmth that I've never had before. This was one of a few upgrades. Add this cart to a Sumiko headshell and it'll become a beast of a tracker. Thanks to Patrick as well for mounting the cart to the Tech for me.
A significant improvement in sound. Tighter, quicker bass, more "presence". Thanks to Patrick for his help!
forgot to say that the cart simply kills all noise i had grado, specialy when close to the motor, now i just kick the output very high and its like been in the studios!
by audiopl 85
hahahaha i had a grado blue hahahaha now a dynavector 10x5, the sound is so great i just cant stop smiling, its like heaven, hell yeah! haha take care when headshell it and youll be amazed
Thanks for the sales assistance from Brian! We made up my minds to upgrade from a newly purchased Ortofon Blue (hated it) and settled upon the Dynavector. When I started placing the order, Brian about jumped through the phone saying “…I love that cartridge…” I ordered it. He is right, it absolutely made our vinyl music collection come alive. So much, much better than the Blue and our JICO re-stylused Shure V15MR. We have recently been purchasing audiophile records and this is the first time we can truly hear and enjoy them. Thanks to the Needle Doctor team and for the fast delivery!
by Daniel Thomas
The Dyna 10x5 is a muscle car. It's Steve McQueen crashing down the San Francisco hills at 90mph, tearing up asphalt, thrilling us every second. This is the best phono cartridge you'll ever want to hear. Period. I had a Dyna 10x5 running on a Sony PS-X75 Biotracer, which is just a battleship. Music was immensely sharp, clear, full of textures and colors - and extremely dynamic. This cart has come to ROCK. Do you want to prove, once and for all, that analog LP is superior to digital CD? Then get the 10x5. The sound is so exciting, so miraculous, so ALIVE. Pair this cart with worthy turntable and a tube phono stage (I recommend the Tube Box II).
A really good match for the Debut III, use the acrylic platter and extra counter weight. Set for 2 gm and use mid anti skating notch. Great on mids and top end.
Outstanding cartridge. Excellent performance all around. Runs circles around my Denon DL160, which is no slouch either. The Dyna 10X5 is very detailed and articulate. Liquid mids and highs simply sparkle. Bass is tight and accurate without being muddy or flabby. Looks great on the Sumiko HS12 headshell also. Mine started to open up at around 50 hours. YMMV. Big thanks to Patrick and Brian for assisting me. Top shelf customer service.
Incredible for the money. Beat the tar out of my much higher priced and better reviewed wood bodied cart. I am buying a second just in case Dyna screws up and changes something with the next model. Buy one NOW!
This cartridge blew me away from the first moment I played a LP with it. The soundstage and resolution is incredible for a cartridge in the price range. Highly recommended. I'll post an update after I have broken it in and added my tubed phono stage. At the moment, it is running into a MM phone preamp without any gain problems or hum.
Fabulous. on my Rega P3, into a custom phono-pre, and VTL preamp, this cartridge simply sings. Though I have not used many cartridges in this system, I've listened to many systems and sources over the years, and this combo makes wonderful music. (mostly used for rock of all sorts, and folk)
I bought this cartridge and put it on an old Technics turntable that I got from a neighbor. Wow! It transformed the turntable into high end ezuipment. Good wide and deep stage, great detail and dynamics-a big, bib, big, step up from the Grado Gold that was on it. This was probably the most bang for the buck I hav gotten on any upgrade. Highly recommended.
I have owned the 10X5 for about a year and a half and am really pleased. I have it mounted to a Project RM-5 and the detail and stereo imaging are spectacular. Sound stage could be deeper but I attribute that to my listening room more than the set-up. I am a rock/acoustic rock and jazz fan and for an MC this one delivers all the edginess and at the same time subtleness you would want from both.