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Cartridge Man Music Maker Mk 3 Phono Cartridge


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Warranty length 1 Year
Brand Cartridge Man
Product Award HiFi News Awards 2005

Tech Specs

Output voltage: 4mV
Frequency response: 10Hz - 50KHz
Stereo separation: >25dB across 10Hz to 30KHz range
Loading requirement: 47K Ohm (standard moving magnet)
Cartridge weight: 6.2g
Stylus type: Proprietary extended contact area diamond
Tracking force: 1.58g +/- 0.05g (critical)
Arm requirement: Medium to low mass (13g or less)
Bias (anti-skate) requirements: Minimal

Product Description

The Cartridge Man Music Maker Mk III is the third and latest award winning version of this stunningly musical cartridge. As a Moving Iron (MI) design, it has all the musical benefits of a moving coil (MC) cartridge with an output level similar to that a moving magnet (MM) design, allowing you to use it with any standard phono stage.

As with any cartridge, correct tracking force is important. Too heavy and it becomes laboured in its midband and boomey in the bass, too light and it sharpens the music. When set at its 1.58g sweet spot, you will understand why Cartridge Man Len Gregory calls this 'The Music Maker'. The Music Maker MkIII offers a chance to experience music in a truly sublime way, with stronger presence and musicality than many moving coil designs. With many users turning to moving iron cartridges and selecting the Music Maker MkIII as their definitive purchase, we can only applaud their wisdom.

See also the Cartridge Man Digital Stylus Force gauge, an excellent tool for setting accurate tracking force.

Press Reviews

  • It has a sheer listenablity that few competitors combine in the same small body, and that sounds like a bargain at any price...Good price, high output and a winning musicality make this moving iron cartridge the one to beat! (Hi-fi World magazine)

  • In fact, on all grounds the Mk III is a better cartridge than the Mk II. In particular, we gain greater clarity, lower noise floor level, faster dynamics and a better sense of space. It is really an excellent cartridge (TNT Audio online)

  • For anyone using a valve pre-amp like a Conrad-Johnson or early ARC, this cartridge is manna from heaven. Being used to hearing vastly expensive MCs in a system tailored to their balance, the Music Maker never left me feeling short-changed. ... never was a product so aptly named; never was an alternative so welcome (Hi-fi+ magazine)

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