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Stanton 681 EEE Mk III
2 Reviews
rating  3.5 of 5
Description: Moving Iron Cartridge <li>Frequency Response: 10 to 22kHz</li> <li>Output @ 1kHz: .7mV</li> <li>Channel Separation @ 1 kHz: 35dB</li> <li>Channel Balance @ 1 kHz: within 2dB</li> <li>Tracking Force: 0.75 to 1.5 grams</li> <li>Stylus Tip: Stereohedron 0.3 x 0.7 mil</li> <li>DC Resistance: 1300 ohms</li> <li>Inductance: 930 mH. Nom.</li> <li>Cartridge Weight: 6.3 grams</li> <li>Recommended Load: 47 kOhms, 275 pF</li>


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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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