Nagaoka MP-300 Cartridge

Moving iron cartridge eked out a niche next to the numerically superior MMs and MCs so far. That could change quickly with the new series of Nagaoka.

  1. Nagaoka MP-300 cartridge
  2. Data sheet

In practice, the Nagaokas behave exactly like MM systems. You need a high-impedance, low capacitive degree (47kΩ, < 200pF) and respond to high capacity as their magnetic brothers with brittle, brilliance-driven sound. They not good so as a panacea for poor phono inputs, the low inductive MIs of Grado are better suited for such cases.

A strength of MIs is that the mobile part of the generator consists of fewer components, which also weigh less than MM systems. It is so simple with the MI-principle to realize a needle – given the exposed enormous acceleration, those close to the diamond for example in noisy, high-frequency-rich passages at the end of the plates is an important condition for good sound, with high mechanical strength and low inertia.

The housing must be especially stiff, however, and allow a good contact to the headshell. In Nagaoka, they are always solid therefore with increasing price. The expensive 300 Nagaoka already exceeds the 8-gram mark with his massive mounting plates.

The more expensive Nagaoka MP 300 informed the listener emphatically on the conservation status of each plate. What doesn’t change the fact that this Wed with his geometric comparatively simple elliptical diamond one of the cleanest systems is that the author has – ever heard independently from the construction principle. In the fundamental tone and bass slightly slimmer than the gold ring, the Nagaoka played but never bright or thin, but just only completely clear with wonderfully multifaceted Center and perfectly controlled S-Lauten.

The ease with which sails through MP-300 also sensitive LPs, is fascinating and opens the musical horizon. “Forgotten Peoples” (ECM new series) about is actually far too beautiful, unplayed in the Cabinet to stand. But the double-LP is a technical nastiness with up to 40 minutes of highly dynamic choir material per page. Most systems, even very expensive MCs, lead the listener here not in the polyphonic Cosmos of the Estonian composer of Veljo Tormis, but in the world of distortion. Not so the MP-300, with one forward to each tutti, rather than fear it.

Nagaoka MP 300

Manufacturer Nagaoka
Price €450.00
Rating 85.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Cartridge type MI high output
Accessories cartridge Screws, screwdriver
Measured values
Output voltage 8 cm / s 4.90 mV
System impedance 810,0 ohm / 640 mH
Depth scanning ability 315 90 µm
Recommended tracking force 18 mN
High-frequency distortion 0.24%
Deep resonance in the 13-g-arm 10.0 Hz
System weight 7.8 g
Tonearm weight class medium
Cartridge type MI high output
Accessories cartridge Screws, screwdriver
Dream system with absolutely neutral, clean sound, even in extremely complex and highly-controlled plates
Processing Very good
Sound judgment very good 85
tested in issue: 09 / 3


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