Demo files are available for the following cartridges:
These files are provided for the sole purpose of evaluating the phono cartridge that was used for the recording. They should not be kept after your evaluation, nor distributed. Copyright remains the property of the original content owner - and they retain the right to request a files removal from this site.
All phono cartridges sound different - some markedly so. Depending on the music genres you listen to most, a particular cartridge may suit you more than others. By comparing the music files you can hear the differences.
The Orchestral file presents a full orchestra with a large percussion section in a piece with a wide dynamic range recorded in a spacious acoustic. The timbres of various instruments will differ slightly with different cartridges, as will the presentation of the acoustic, and the ability to resolve detail in loud climaxes.
The Baroque file is an orchestral piece with moderate dynamics for string and woodwind tone evaluation.
The Piano file - actually two pianos - is a percussive piece allowing not only the piano tone to be assessed but the transient attack on the notes too.
The Female Vocal file lets the cartridges loose on a breathy vocal followed by an equally breathy saxophone solo.
The Big Band Jazz file is not the customary swing-outfit, but a trumpet/horn/trombone led ensemble with hammond organ solos. This is characterised by high energy percussion, and fruity, raspy trombones. UK residents over a certain age may recognise it as TV theme tune.
Delicate percussion and vibraphone tone, along with sax solos distinguish the Jazz Fusion track. The opening bars with the intricate hi-hat pattern, quiet bells and soft cymbal splashes are a great test of a cartridges resolving power.
Afrobeat - nothing delicate here: drum and bass high energy . . .
And lastly, from a 1970s "sonic spectacular" a pop-band with added synth lines, including a high frequency solo that scoots around the sound stage.