It could be. I think that the bass section on the Shure test record gives a lot of cartridges a tough time, even magnetic ones. With magnetic cartridges that are going to fail, you'll get a fuzzy sound and maybe even a skip over to the next groove by Level 4 or 5. But the ceramics actually jump like a bunny at Level 4. They usually get through Level 1 and Level 2 though, and maybe a little trouble and break up at Level 3, but each level is twice as loud as the former level so it's a significant jump in modulation. Also, none of the ceramics have had trouble on actual records, and I've found that they categorically track the high end better than magnetic cartridges and with a lot more realism. Transients are phenomenal, so when you get a big bass transient, the thing goes "Bang!" Sorry, but I don't think these will track the Telarc 1812 Cannons, but they could possibly launch a BB placed on top of the headshell during the passage.