Perfrect Dj Cartridge!

good to your records + sounds great + sticks in the groove

 

There’s no ad-financed links or no other reason (as every other post on my site) but the one that I’m quite exited about the following I wanna share with you !!

 

 

The  Nagaoka MP-110 is widely known as a budget top quality phono system for it’s neutral to warm sound and silky treble, plus the fact that it’s needle seems to be very generous to hide some slight scratches & worn vinylgrooves. That is why I bougght one to digitalize my records the best way my budget allowed me. It’s price is ca. €130.00 but check Ebay for €117,00 incl headshell at some japanese sellers like this gentleman.

But on top of that, as I accidentially found out and tested for 2 months now: This is a perfect choice for Dj-use, esecially for those who play vintage and worthy records!

For decades now I was totally happy with the Stanton Stanton 890SA/FS model for it’s warm sound and most of all for being so protective to the records – and the extraordinary  loud volume. I always apprechiated the Shure Whitelabel for the warm and detailled sound and the Grado Dj-200 for the complexity.With Grado it is a question of taste (as every thing concerning the senses certainly are) but i never liked it’s treble neither, but most important: the way it tortures records whle back-cueing is brutal!, Shure M44-7 sounds hard but is one league with Stanton for low recordwear, still the most important point for me! So they are all great …. for a dj cartridge. Ortofon Concordes may have developped over the years but appart from easy installation i never liked the thin and dead sound and especially the heavy recordwear. Generally all mentioned cartridges just cannot keep up with the lovely ad detailled sound Nagaoka MP-110 produces. It is simply a different level!

Although it’s an elliptical stylus, the recordwear is absolute minimum, so to say on one level with the Shure M44-7 and Stanton 890SA/FS or better.

It’s praised in most hifi forums for being such a great sounding thing for such little money. It actually seems to share this position meanwhle with the legendary Denon DL-110 (a great sounding system wich in no way is suitable for dj’ing). Always ridiculous to derscibe sound, but the best way to do so: Music sounds simply more lovely than before, no matter how long you listen. A good comparisson with another reliable cartridge, the Stanton 680 (very similar to the mentioned Stanton 890) is here

 

With good internet connection & quality headphones you might get an impression (the details in the treble!)

 

When it comes to turntabelism the Shure wins by far for it’s skipping resistance, no question. But when you’re not scratching until the needle starts smoking the Nagaoka behaves fine. It does all cueing, backspinning and a little wicky-wicky-scratching thingy with ease.

Club dj’s know the problem concerning vinyl (or better the turntables & dj booths)  producing bass feedback at loud volumes, especially since most sound engineers in clubs have lost their knowledge about turntable setup and maintenance. So, one of the most important: Nagaoka’s feedback sensitivity seems to be better than all the mentioned cartridges! i haven’t experimented enough different clubs and environments so far to be able to really tell. But i checked maybe 5 situations now and it was a über-positive impression so far. I will update that as soon as i know more.

Output volume is “average” (5mV) equal as the notorious in-house Ortofon OM Pro S (6mV) but not as loud as Shure M44 (9,5 mV), Ortofon Nightclub (9,5 mV), Ortofon Q-Bert (11mV)  or, the loudest, Stanton 890 (12mV). This can lead to quite different volume-levels when you combine Serato / CD or other media in your dj set but actually that does not matter at all as long as you know what a gain knob does, but actually sharing the booth along with other dj’s who set everything to the max: it might cause a problem.

Also not perfect is the fact that you don’t see the needle tip very good. This will take you maybe one or two extra revolutions of backspinning while cueing each record.

Availability: you should get replacement forever since Nagaoka’s main business is replacement needles for all kinds of discontinued cratridges.

Replacement needles are €79,00 street price (Nov 2018) that means twice as expensive as Shure and nearly hafway to the Grado (€180,00). I don’t want to put this fact down but usually you do need to replace your stylus every 500 to 1000 hours. Calculate 2 turntables = 2 cartridges = each playing out half the time, plus the nescessary cueing per record. That equals ca. 300-600 club sets of 2 hours each or 100-200 6-hour marathons. Think of your records and recordwear before you have a thought on saving some 40 bucks on styli.

I haven’t tried the Taruya models yet (and I know I should soon do so!) as well as Nagaoka’s special dj cartridges called DJ-03HD MM (they seem to be very exotic nowadays at least outside of Japan, Anybody with exerience for that? Please let me know if so!) but overall the Nagaoka is the best choice i found in my 30+ years of quite intensive searching for a perfect Dj-cartridge so far.

PLUS:
– better sound than all existing dj-cartridges i ever tried (and those were a lot)
– very low recordwear
– at least very good feedback sensitivity

MINUS
– not the loudest
– stylus tip not well visible
– costy replacement needles

High Class Vinyl Storage

After years of research and endless fine adjusting efforts in his mad scientist castle, Atomic Cafe‘s Roland Schunk is about to start his line of hi-class vinyl record storage furniture soon on his website.

Expect nothing else than great looking and hyperfunctional phono furniture and accessoires, handcrafted of the finest materials.

Pricerange: costy

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Professional Dj Headphones For Cheap!

Just bought a new set of Beyerdynamic DT770’s on te manufacturer’s website as b-stock and they attached a set of free Custom Street headphones.

Solid built, extremely good in isolating the ambience around which is essential for loud clubs since: You can mix much better when the volume of your headphone is at a low volume (after you checked the tune, just in the phase of blending two tracks). If you never experienced that: Try it, you’ll be surprised!

Anyway, Custom Street headset has a solid, durable construction, sounds loud and nicely neutral (as long as you don’t turn on that very affective bass boost) comes with a detatchable 1 m cable (changeable with any 3,5 mm cable on the market) and a gig bag (plus some nerdy things to “style” your ear cups.

Wyh am I mentioning this? Because the thing costr regularely €120.00 it seems they didn’t suceed to marked that model and now you can find it for €40.00
Which makes it the cheapest serious dj headphone around. Be quick if you wanna catch one!

Try your luck searching them since they’re sold out at the manufacturer now (Nov 2018)

Return Of The Boombox (next generation Sharp VZ-2000)

Well, for all of you who made their thoughts about the practical use of a handy loudspeaker for musical outdoor entertainment here’s somethin’ for you.

 

The Bluetooth  monster has 960 watts, 120db volume, up to 30 hours energy with the Tesla-prooved 62,400 mAh Lithium Ion power cell, $1700.00.

 

 

Here’s how the Sharp VZ-2000 ooked like for those who are not familiar with that monster:

 

Feedback Killers For Club-Turntables

Media Shock Resonance Absorbers

Most club owners don’t care about a decent dj booth. That was always the case and since digital got more and more standard, a proper set up turntable became a true rarity. Seen the strangest constuctions (such as the wobbly “freefloat absorber”), a pile of toilet paper rolls or half squash-balls under each 1210-foot to name a few. All of them not really a solution. I started searching for a useful gadget that works and is sized suitable for transport i found those “Media Shock Resonance Absorbers“. What can I say: They do their job! In some locations you can’t help at all anymore but in most cases they kill  bass feedback efficiently. And at ca. €20,00 they are really not overpriced.

fail: the freefloat absorber