New MC cartridge, stunning performer. I’ve had a lot of cartridges in my system and this one performs far beyond it’s price.
I have two in stock, the one Mike Fremer spoke of (serial number (009) and the one I just received.
“I took an immediate liking to the sound of this Japanese cartridge.”
“The RM-Kanda makes use of the familiar combination of boron cantilever and nude semi-line-contact stylus (Ogura PA) found on other costly Japanese cartridges—except that this isn’t a costly Japanese cartridge. It costs $4500—not exactly cheap, but considering its construction quality and that MuTech, while not well known in the US, has been building cartridges (and supplying parts) for others for more than 50 years, and that this sample was easy to set up, with crosstalk and channel-balance measurements that matched its published specs, I’d say it’s great value for money. But only if it sounds good. Which it did.”
“However, at less than half the price of the Ortofon and Lyras (referring to the MC Century, Atlas and Etna) , the RMKanda is a highly evolved, well-built, tonally honest-sounding cartridge that also tracked well. If you own a tired Transfiguration cartridge but still love its sound, step this way!
Perhaps the designer can next come up with a double-ring-magnet cartridge as a suitable replacement for Transfiguration’s underpriced/overperforming Proteus?”