Stanton 881 mkII Cartridges

Stanton 881 mkII Cartridges 


Moving Magnet Cartridge

  • Frequency Response: 10 to 25kHz
  • Output @ 1kHz: .9mV
  • Channel Separation @ 1 kHz: 35dB
  • Channel Balance @ 1 kHz: within 1dB
  • Tracking Force: 0.75 to 1.25 grams
  • Stylus Tip: special elliptical 0.3 x 0.7 mil
  • DC Resistance: 900 ohms
  • Inductance: 510 mH. Nom.
  • Cartridge Weight: 5.5 grams
  • Recommended Load: 47 kOhms, 275 pF
  • Replacement Stylus: D6800 HiFi

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    [Jul 25, 2010]
    Audio Enthusiast

    Back in the 70's and 80's I was a beer budget audiophile. I designed and built my own speakers and shuffled speakers and phono cartidges a lot since they made real differences you could hear. If I tried, I could hear the difference between a MOSFET and a regular transistor amp. I had three expensive (to me) cartridges: Shure V15 type IV, Ortofon OM 30 and a Stanton 881S. These were the top three I ever owned, and I still have them packed away for the someday I get my LPs that are currently 6000 miles away... The Stanton was my favorite. The sound of the Shure was less open, more 'gritty'. The Ortofon was less 'musical'. I always thought the superior transient response of the Stanton is what made it sound better. It used Stanton/Pickering's quadrophonic design to extend the frequency response to 40 KHz. This required a more compliant stylus with good transient response.

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