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A tale of two cartridges
12/02/18 at 16:38:40
 
I purchased a Dynavector D17mK3 new in the box from an authorized dealer in southern California 11-2017. One Friday night at the end of September I rolled home for my Friday night music and glass of wine....no output from the right channel. Swapped leads and yeah the cartridge had a problem. I contacted the dealer (Jay @ Audio Revelation) and he said to send it to the distributor Toffco. I made contact with Mike Pranka and followed his instructions. Mike verified that the cartridge had an open coil. In 45 years of spinning records, I've never had a cart fail. In the mean time, the D17mK3 was discontinued and replaced with the 17DX at 2200.00. Now I paid 950.00 for the mK3. Mike upgraded me to the new DX at no charge. I mounted the new cartridge and the differences are amazing. The whole lower mids to bass have SO MUCH more definition. The tone on Ray Browns bass on Cry Me A River just floored me. All other aspects of this new cartridge are so much better I am still trying to get my head around them. I would never have been able to get into a cart of this caliber (the D17Mk3 was no slouch at all) if it were not for the excellent customer service of the USA distributor Mike. To use a cliche, it's like a whole new record collection. Oh, all that Decware/Omega gear helps a little too. Happy listening, Chris.
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CSP3, Rachael, ZP3, ZMC 1, Oppo BDP-93, Sota Star TT w/ FR-64, Dynavector D17 mkIII Moving coil, Omega 7XRS Mk 2 walnut, DeepOmega 8 sub, Morrow Audio PH3 and MA3 IC's, Gamma Electrostatic phones.
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Re: A tale of two cartridges
Reply #1 - 12/02/18 at 17:13:15
 
Chris,

That's really good news about your cartridge replacement. The Dynavector 17DX sounds very special. I've really enjoyed my Dyna 20X2 LO cartridge. I stepped up from the 10X5 when I upgraded my turntable several years ago.

Can you tell us about your vinyl set up?

HK
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Lonely Raven PC (or) TEAC PD-600H>TWL USB/coax cables>ZDAC2 (or) Nottingham Interspace TT (heavy platter) w/ Dynavector 20X2LO + P75 MKII phono pre>CSP3-25 preamp>Zen Mystery amp>Omega SAHO XRS speakers> ZenWave Audio IC's & PC's.
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Reply #2 - 12/02/18 at 19:05:08
 
HockessinKid- I bought a SOTA Star Sapphire vacuum table with a Fidelity Research FR-64S arm back in the early 2000's from a dentist who was sure his cd player was better. I have re-wired the tonearm (exterior) with Cardas tonearm wire so the connections go from the 17DX straight into the Decware ZMC1 step up> ZP3>CSP3>Rachael. I had set up quite a few SOTA's back in the day when I was in the audio business and really love them, so when this came up it was a no brainer. I think I paid about 900 for the table and arm. I have never had a problem with the table or the arm and while I did that sideways look from the misses when I came home with it, it was so superior to the table (which was not bad by any stretch) I was using I cannot see replacing it any time soon. Thank you for the comments and happy listening, Chris.
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CSP3, Rachael, ZP3, ZMC 1, Oppo BDP-93, Sota Star TT w/ FR-64, Dynavector D17 mkIII Moving coil, Omega 7XRS Mk 2 walnut, DeepOmega 8 sub, Morrow Audio PH3 and MA3 IC's, Gamma Electrostatic phones.
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