Anyone using a Nuwave Phono converter with a low output (.5 mv) cartridge?


#1

I am gettIng close to replacing my phono cartridge. The existing one is a moving magnet with 5 mv of output. The NPC is very quiet with this cartridge. Is anyone using a low output (.5 mv or so) cartridge with the NPC? If so, do you find it quiet or is there noticeable hiss, noise, or hum?

Thanks,
Bob


#2

Bob, I’m not using one myself. However, a few years ago I’ve heard of somebody who used it with a very low voltage moving coil, and he returned the unit due to hiss, which he thought was excessive. It may be that he expected too much I don’t know.
Is there no way to try the cartridge before you buy?


#3

I use a Lyra Titan with my NPC and am very happy. It is only 0.5mV and I don’t notice any issues. Tuning the settings on the NPC is the key.


#4

My apology, Bob / PB - I now recall, it happened with a GCPH, which I think was the forerunner of the NPC.
The NPC is likely fine in this regard, sorry!


#5

I am considering the Hana SL. It has gotten several good reviews, most recently in Stereophile. I’d expect that most online sellers would allow returns, though cartridges may be a special case. Will have to see.

I couldn’t be happier with the NPC. I actually use its digital output as input to my processor, as I think it has slightly better sound in my system. My existing cartridge is an Ortofon Bronze 2m, which sounds very good, but like many audiophiles, I want to see if I can do better.

Thanks all for your input.

Regards,
Bob


#6

I’ve used a Shelter 901 which is 0.5 mV and it sounded fine with the NPC. I was using the DSD output to my DS, at the time I did not have a preamp, so can’t confirm noise levels with the analog output. I have since gotten a BHK preamp, but, alas, have not spun any records in over a year.