Moving Coil

mccartThe Moving Coil design is again a tiny electromagnetic generator, but (unlike a Moving Magnet design) with the magnet and coils reversed: the coils are attached to the stylus, and move within the field of a permanent magnet. The coils are tiny and made from very fine wire, so are even lighter than the small magnet used in a Moving Magnet cartridge, thus improving the tracking ability of the cartridge. This can give extended frequency response as well as greater fidelity.

A disadvantage however is that moving-coil cartridges generate an even lower voltage signal than an moving-magnet type cartridge. This is because the moving coil cannot be large enough (it would be too heavy) to generate equivalent voltage levels. The resulting signal is only a few hundred microvolts, and thus more easily swamped by noise, induced hum, etc. Thus it is more challenging to design a preamplifier with the extremely low noise inputs needed for moving-coil cartridge, therefore a "step up transformer" are sometimes used instead.

Moving coil cartridges are extremely small precision instruments and are therefore generally expensive, but are frequently preferred by audiophiles due to their better performance.

Denon DL 160 high output moving coil cartridge
Denon DL 160 high output moving coil cartridge
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Cinemag 1254 Enhanced Moving Coil Cartridge Transformer CMQEE 3440A Upgrade C6
Cinemag 1254 Enhanced Moving Coil Cartridge Transformer CMQEE 3440A Upgrade C6
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Denon DL 103 Moving Coil Cartridge mounted on Orsonic AV 1 Headshell Nice Shape
Denon DL 103 Moving Coil Cartridge mounted on Orsonic AV 1 Headshell Nice Shape
$124.50 (9 Bids)
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Parasound Zphono Phono Preamplifier MOVING MAGNET OR MOVING COIL
Parasound Zphono Phono Preamplifier MOVING MAGNET OR MOVING COIL
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Miyajima Labratory Kansui Moving Coil Phono Cartridge Japan
Miyajima Labratory Kansui Moving Coil Phono Cartridge Japan
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ORTOFON MCA 76 Moving Coil Phono Head Amplifier Phono Preamp
ORTOFON MCA 76 Moving Coil Phono Head Amplifier Phono Preamp
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ORTOFON MC10 SUPER HIGHER OUTPUT MOVING COIL CARTRIDGE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
ORTOFON MC10 SUPER HIGHER OUTPUT MOVING COIL CARTRIDGE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
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Vintage Ortofon MCA 76 Moving Coil Head Amplifier Made in Denmark Free Shipping
Vintage Ortofon MCA 76 Moving Coil Head Amplifier Made in Denmark Free Shipping
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TECHNICS EPC 310MC T4P MC Moving Coil Phono Cartridge BORON excellent
TECHNICS EPC 310MC T4P MC Moving Coil Phono Cartridge BORON excellent
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Rothwell MCL Moving Coil Step Up Transformer
Rothwell MCL Moving Coil Step Up Transformer
$579.00
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Rothwell MC1 Moving Coil Step Up Transformer
Rothwell MC1 Moving Coil Step Up Transformer
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Signet MK10T Laboratory Series Moving Coil Cartridge Step Up Transformer NOS New
Signet MK10T Laboratory Series Moving Coil Cartridge Step Up Transformer NOS New
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Ortofon MCA 76 Phono Stage Moving Coil Amplifier
Ortofon MCA 76 Phono Stage Moving Coil Amplifier
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Rothwell Headspace Moving Coil Headamp Hand Made In UK
Rothwell Headspace Moving Coil Headamp Hand Made In UK
$369.00
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Tribute Moving Coil Step Up Transformers MC SUT Nanocrystaline Finemet OOP
Tribute Moving Coil Step Up Transformers MC SUT Nanocrystaline Finemet OOP
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Vintage Yamaha MC 9 Moving Coil Turntable Cartridge w Headshell No Stylus READ
Vintage Yamaha MC 9 Moving Coil Turntable Cartridge w Headshell No Stylus READ
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Stylus Record Needle Genuine Audio Technica ATN3230MC Moving Coil Stylus
Stylus Record Needle Genuine Audio Technica ATN3230MC Moving Coil Stylus
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Cinemag 1254 PC Enhanced Moving Coil Cartridge Transformer CMQEE 3440A Type C7
Cinemag 1254 PC Enhanced Moving Coil Cartridge Transformer CMQEE 3440A Type C7
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Pioneer PC 5MC Moving Coil Phono Cartridge
Pioneer PC 5MC Moving Coil Phono Cartridge
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Technolink TC 760LC Moving Magnet Moving Coil RIAA Phono Preamp Add USB
Technolink TC 760LC Moving Magnet Moving Coil RIAA Phono Preamp Add USB
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