Zu Audio DL-103 phono cartridges


Zu Audio has two versions of the famous Denon DL-103 phono cartridge. The top one is the “Zu Audio DL-103” and the bottom one is the regular “Denon DL-103”

Zu Denon DL-103:

We have kept the great tone of the original Zu/DL-103 and have significantly improved transparency and resolution. Handling has also been considered and improved, with design elements to help safeguard the pickup from accidental damage—stylus guard being the most obvious feature.

The Mk.II update is significant, both in performance and handling. The body is machined from 6061-T6 and hard anodized to aid in the matching of tonearm-mount properties and further reduce pickup stored/reflected energy. The shape of the housing has also been refined to reduce resonance and stress risers resulting in a much stronger design that better supports the motor assembly. We have also changed the epoxy matrix formulation that binds the assembly further reducing noise and increasing stability to the pickup system.

If your system needs a bit more treble energy consider the “R” version. If you are not looking to change the tonality of your system stick with the regular non-R version.
https://www.zuaudio.com/turntable/zudl-103

Regular Denon DL-103
Moving coil type pickup.
.3mV output.
40 ohm output impedance.
80 to 400 ohm loading (80 is damp, 400 is a bit lazy, load to taste.
8.5 grams total weight.
2.5 grams recommended downforce.
20–45kHz bandwidth.
0.2mm spherical diamond stylus for near zero impact to your records.
https://www.zuaudio.com/turntable/denon-dl-103

Goldring coming out with 3 new budget phono cartridges

Music Hall is also introducing three budget-priced Goldring cartridges, the prices of which were just announced: $75 for the Element 1 (red), $120 for the Element 2 (green) and $150 for the Element 3 (violet).
http://www.analogplanet.com/content/ces-2017-music-hall-debuts-299-mmf-13-plus-three-budget-goldring-cartridges#0B8wbamhpfQaHRBb.97

Clearaudio Concept MM V2 phono cartridge

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Clearaudio Concept MM V2 phono cartridge is about the only one they offer that I consider affordable or reasonable personally.
http://clearaudio.de/en/products/cartridges-mm-v2.php
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20 Hz – 20 kHz
OUTPUT VOLTAGE (1 kHz, 5 cm/s): ∼ 3.3 mV
CHANNEL SEPARATION (1 kHz): > 20 dB
CHANNEL BALANCE (1 kHz): ≤ 2 dB
TRACKING ABILITY 80 μm
REC. TRACKING FORCE (recommended: 1.8 – 2.6 g): 2.2 g ± 0.3 g
COIL IMPEDANCE (1 kHz): 0.66 kOhm
COIL INDUCTANCE 0.42 H
LOAD RESISTANCE 47 kOhm
LOAD CAPACITANCE 100 pF
CANTILEVER Aluminium
TOTAL WEIGHT 8.4 gram
WARRANTY 2 years