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How long do moving coil cartridges last?

How long do moving coil cartridges last?

For moving coil cartridges, the elastomer suspension will dry and become brittle far sooner than that…more like 6 or 8 years depending upon your climate (temperature, humidity, etc). For moving magnet cartridges, this is less of an issue.

What is the lifespan of a cartridge?

Cartridges sealed in the original packaging and stored in a cool, dry place should last up to two years. However the cartridges must be sufficiently protected while in storage, because even a small pin-prick in the packaging will break the seal and the ink will start to dry out.

Are moving coil cartridges worth it?

They are preferred by audiophiles due to their measurable and subjectively better performance, however. The moving coil cartridge produces a low output level which requires an additional stage of gain to play at sufficient volume.

Do turntable cartridges wear out?

Cartridges do wear out, particularly cartridges that have rubber components.

What should the cantilever of a moving coil cartridge be?

Ideally the cantilever which holds the stylus should be rigid, low mass and non resonant. To achieve these criteria requires expensive, high grade materials and specialist manufacturing techniques. The same holds true for the miniature electrical coils, magnets, suspension system and cartridge body.

Can a moving magnet be treated as a moving coil cartridge?

It can cause confusion that high output moving coil cartridges can be treated exactly the same as moving magnet cartridges. This is because they have similar outputs as moving magnet cartridges and work into the standard moving magnet input of 47Kohm.

Can a moving coil cartridge work with a tonearm?

Most moving coil cartridges will work with most tonearms nowadays and it’s only when they get far from the norm that this can become and issue. There are also aspects of compliance which we feel are not properly understood which means the mathmatical models are flawed.

How long does an Ortofon stylus cartridge last?

Cartridge manufacturer Ortofon tackles the question with a specific answer, but also notes the variables above. Here is their official response: With proper care we find that up to 1000 hours is possible without degradation of performance.