Stanton 681 EEE Mk III Cartridges

3.5/5 (2 Reviews)

Product Description

Moving Iron Cartridge
  • Frequency Response: 10 to 22kHz
  • Output @ 1kHz: .7mV
  • Channel Separation @ 1 kHz: 35dB
  • Channel Balance @ 1 kHz: within 2dB
  • Tracking Force: 0.75 to 1.5 grams
  • Stylus Tip: Stereohedron 0.3 x 0.7 mil
  • DC Resistance: 1300 ohms
  • Inductance: 930 mH. Nom.
  • Cartridge Weight: 6.3 grams
  • Recommended Load: 47 kOhms, 275 pF

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    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by ServoMan a Audio Enthusiast

    Date Reviewed: May 20, 2008

    Bottom Line:   
    Very Nice Product But..

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    Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

    Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

    Product model year:   2006

    Price Paid:    $130.00

    Purchased At:   Guitar Center

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by UNKLVINCE a AudioPhile

    Date Reviewed: July 22, 2007

    Bottom Line:   
    What I needed was a replacement for the Shure VMR. Since I had a Pickering XV-15 body (Same as stanton 680 & 681 bodies), I picked up a 681 EEE MKIII stylus ($69 List). As with any cartridge exact set up is EXTREMELY important and you must use a protractor for overhang adjustment and a test record for anti skate adjustment. I also set the tone arm head shell parallel to the record surface while playing (Rake angle). Frequency response using an RIAA pink noise test record CBS ST -140 bands 5B & 6B, Citation 11 phono section and a Heathkit spectrum analyzer gave me a small 2 to 3 dB rise in the 10kHz to 15kHz range which is typical. (The 680 HiFi that I am using in a record changer measured the same as did a 680 SX Stereohedron stylus and a Pickering 625E stylus.) The VMR measured FLAT. I was able to flatten the peak by adding 82K resistors (actually trim pots) at the phono inputs. This gave a big soft sound but there was a loss of detail. Tone arm resonance is in the 8Hz to 9Hz range for an old SME 3002 MKII with the lateral weight removed (Why do you need it?????). So, a typical medium-lowish mass tone arm should work o.k..
    I would spend a lot more on a cartridge but none of the hifi mags I subscribe to publish frequency response graphs, T.H.D. curves or square wave for their cartridge reviews as they did 30 years ago!

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    Used product for:   1 to 3 months

    Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

    Product model year:   2006

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