Comments about ION Audio ICT04 Replacement Cartridge:
The ION Audio ICT04 Replacement Cartridge is precisely the same as the latest buzz in professional radio cartridges...the Numark Groove Tool. Take a closer look! Had I known B&H was selling these for $[*] apiece...I would have made my initial purchase from them and not Amazon where I paid $[*] each for ii under the "Groove Tool" name.Still at that higher price...they were a steal! So imagine how I feel about the B&H $[*]price. When I need more of these...guess where I'm going!The Cartridge weighs in at about 4 grams total as it is a low mass design which helps it to reproduce those sparkling highs. The superb cartridge mates wonderfully with the $8 American Audio/DJ Headshell that this wonderful on-line vendor carries. Select the "Free Shipping" and be patient and you'll be surprised how quickly the cart will arrive to you with tracking number.Speaking of tracking...this cartridge tracks ideally at 3 grams TTF. At that force in the American Audio Headshell mounted in a Technics style table...it performs flawlessly with great dimensionality and depth...so long as it is aligned properly with a Technics Overhang Gauge. When mounted as such with its easy-to-use hardware...it renders broadcast quality wide stereo/surround sound. Not top High End quality like my Clear Audio Concept MM...but darn near it...and at this price? R U kiddin???? There's nothing at even three times its asking price that can touch it.Tracking ability is superb and the cart turned in one of the best performances I ever experienced when using my "Professor Johnson" test LP. It aced all tracking challenges including flawless hair-raising reproduction of the sibilants, bells cymbals, mids and bass throughout the demanding LP. It is most dynamic although output is low by comparison to others. That is not a bad thing but adjust your mixer's phono preamp sensitivity a bit higher than you would the Stanton cartridge. I'm using a Numark M4 basic DJ mixer that has this adjustment. The mixer is very dimensional while pure and professional sounding. Signal-To-Noise Ratio and hum is very good to excellent.With the Stanton 500 no longer in production ... this one now reigns supreme. The slightly rising highs are a nice offset to the FM band's slightly rolled off effect. So radio stations and dee-jays returning to vinyl...take note.The very durable .006 spherical stylus is just about the most advanced of its type while being highly polished. Cuing is so-ooo-oo smooth. This workhorse is now engineered in the USA and manufactured in Japan...a great combo when it comes to phono cartridges. Buy this one with confidence from B&H. You won't regret it. Well done B&H!!! Bravo, Numark & Ion!!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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