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JVC QL-F61

Discussion in 'Turntables' started by SirReal63, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. SirReal63

    SirReal63 Member

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    I just bought one of these off that bidding place. I am going to want to replace the cartridge with something better than the AT-3500h it appears to have.

    I am so out of my comfort zone here, I have not had a turntable since the 80's. Searching the popular sites for a new MM cart has shown me a dizzying array of choices. My budget is around $100.

    Any advice?

    Link to the VE page.
    https://www.vinylengine.com/library/jvc/ql-f61.shtml

    I do plan on modding the thing a little, better mat and some Plasticine in all the right places.
     

     

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  2. Audiofreak71

    Audiofreak71 Boerboelicious Subscriber

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    Nagaoka mp110 would be a good start , from what I hear it’s an excellent cartridge and you can interchange the stylus with one of there higher end ones down the line .

    Audiofreak71
     
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  3. nbndtrain

    nbndtrain Active Member

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    I agree. I've had one on my Sony PS-X600 for years and it's a very smooth and balanced cart at ~$100
     
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  4. SirReal63

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    Thanks, the Nagoaka is on my wish list. I was also looking at the Sumiko Pearl as well as several of the Ortofon like the Concorde Pro.

    The entire world has changed since my old SL-B2 with a Pickering cartridge.
     
  5. ranf1970

    ranf1970 Life without music would be a mistake. Subscriber

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    I have a Nagaoka MP-11 (the older brother of the MP-110) and like it a lot.

    The Sumiko Pearl has gotten mixed reviews so you might want to do a search here on the boards before looking at that one. Regarding the Concorde, I would make sure it works with your arm first. It looks like your TT has a straight arm.

    Another Ortofon cart that is low priced, but a lot of people like, is the Omega. For about $40, it is a great deal.
     
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  6. SirReal63

    SirReal63 Member

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    Thanks, this is exactly the information I was hoping for because I am lost in a sea of cartridges. :D
     

     

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  7. louisjames

    louisjames The "real" Louis James Subscriber

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    What's the rest of your setup?
     
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  8. SirReal63

    SirReal63 Member

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    I will need a phono pre-amp.

    Outlaw Model 950 pre-amp feeding a pair of Sonance amps, currently going to Genesis One's but am building a set of speakers. I use a Sony Blue Ray for CD's and stream to a cheap Chinese blue tooth tube pre-amp. I also use my old JL sub to fill out the bottom end.

    Not a high dollar setup but it sounds surprisingly good.
     
  9. louisjames

    louisjames The "real" Louis James Subscriber

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    That JVC is actually a pretty nice table. I had both a F4 and F6 and found they sounded very good and were easy to setup and use. I tend towards AT carts but some find them bright. The MP110 is certainly a good one but you really do have a lot of choices. Do you tend toward a brighter / more articulate sound, or something that's more lush but might not be as detailed? Since you're building a set of speakers and these will definitely play a role in the end result I wouldn't spend too much to start with. Why not become a AK subscriber and post a WTB in Barter Town. I'm sure you'll get some very good options and can try out a few different things that way. Then when you're speakers are up and running you'll have a base line to work from and can make a more informed decision from there. Just my 2c's. YMMV. ;)
     
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  10. SirReal63

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    The new speakers will be very bright, horn loaded Eminence APT200's but they will be padded for tuning. I like bright, i am almost 54 and the high frequencies escape my ears more than ever before. I also like strong mids and adequate bass, though I tuned my speakers to 30hz.

    I have no doubt I will end up experimenring as I go, it is part of the fun, which explains why I am building my own, there are endless opportunities for experimentation. I have not looked into Barter Town yet, but will at some point in the near future. Mostly I just want to get this TT up and running. The wife has all of her Dad's Jazz albums, we bought a Spin-Clean and plan on exploring his collection.
     
  11. Ken Boyd

    Ken Boyd AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I would have suggested the Denon DL-110 as they use to be just below your price range, but now they are almost double it. It use to be such a great value.
     
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