Grado MC+ Mono Cartridge
Ratings & Reviews
by Peter C.
Was looking to purchase some new, highly- rated new, mono recordings of favorite ‘60s Rock and 50s/60s Jazz. Also had some Mercury and RCA mono classical recording sitting around, along with a decent Yamaha direct drive, straight tonearm turntable - all gathering dust in storage. Made the decision to investigate some reasonably-priced mono cartridges. The first cartridge that caught my eye was a Denon moving coil mono cartridge that had a very good price, but had quite low output of about one microvolt. However, my extra phono preamp only had 36db of gain, so that did not seem like a good match. Then I remembered that a Grado stereo cartridge had worked very well on this particular arm and turntable, so I found two mono Prestige Grados at the Needledoctor. I only found good reviews on the least expensive MC , so I ordered it. Overall, I am very pleased by the sound quality, tracking, and lack of ticks and pops. I know there is an ongoing argument about which cartridges are true mono or pseudo-mono, but I will sidestep that one and just say- as someone with a trained ear and some years sound-engineering experience, this cartridge is good enough! Another thing I can say, the quality of mono vinyl is all over the place, so be choosy and read reviews first! Of course, many great mono recordings have been moved- and remastered- over to streaming services and cds, but there is something very special in finding 50-70 (33.33 rpm), year-old records in excellent shape for a few dollars on Ebay or at local stores! Lastly, make sure you have a tonearm and turntable that work with Grado cartridges since many do not...
My Mercury Living Presence albums have new life. I can't believe a cartridge at this price could sound so good.
I have this mono cartridge and it does a great job! It is nice to play mono records with the proper stylus. Mono is less noisy and there is quite a bit of mono releases out there, don't be afraid, get a mono cartridge and dive into some mono LP's. You will not be sorry!