Unipivot Arms... let’s talk carts?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Funky54, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. Funky54

    Funky54 Coat Hangers do not sound good Thread Starter

    So if you use a unipivot arm, please share what mass and what carts you have tried and how they compared.

    I’m using a Nema Unipivot arm and I have compared the following:
    Dynavector 10x5
    Glodring 1042
    Roksan chorus black
    Sure xm97xe w/jico sas
    AT 33E
    AT 33PTG II
    AT 33 SA
    Truthfully each change was a step up from the one previous. Although the AT33E is probably equal to the PTGII. My arm is midweight. Would love to hear your experiances?
  2. Hershiser

    Hershiser Forum Resident

    On a VPI Scout with the JMW 9 inch arm I use a Dynavector DV-20X. Never felt the need to try anything else as it tracks well with that tonearm. I'm sure there is better out there though.
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  3. Buddy>Elvis

    Buddy>Elvis Forum Resident

    New Zealand
    I have a VPI Classic Signature with the 3D printed arm. Started of with a Dynavector 10x5 which was on my old table and it sounded great.
    Upgraded to a Benz Micro Wood SL which sounds better. No desire to try anything else as I doubt it would sound better at that price point and I'm not prepared to move into crazy money for a cart territory.

    Actually happy where my system is at.
  4. Thorensman

    Thorensman Forum Resident

    My biggest regret in audio life was to sell my Naim Aro.
    I used it with A Linn Troika,
    Dynavector 17D2
    Unipivots are lovely.
  5. Mike from NYC

    Mike from NYC Forum Resident

    Surprise, AZ
    I used a 10x5 and 20XLO dynavectors on my VPI
  6. dadbar

    dadbar Forum Resident

    I use a Shure VxMR on my Mayware Formula IV unipivot. It is such a pain in the ass to reset and rebalance that I dread replacing the cartridge. With this arm, best to leave well enough alone.
  7. Fiddlefye

    Fiddlefye Forum Resident

    I have three unipivot arms. Two are Nottinghams.One is an Ace Space at 13.5g that I run a Benz Glider on and the other is an Interspace at 11.25g that has a Grado Sonata Reference 1. Both are terrific matches. I also have an Audio Craft Ac-400C. I haven't mounted that arm yet, but am planning on a Denon DL-304 for it.
  8. IMFXL

    IMFXL Well-Known Member

    Whitehall, PA
    I used a VPI JPW 9 tonearm for close to ten years paired with a Dynavector 20xM VPI edition cart. Only just recently I upgraded to the newer JPW 3D 10" arm with a new VPI Prime, and used the same 20XM cart for a few months with even better results than the JPW9. I'm now running a Dynavector Te Kaitora Rua with the 3D arm and couldn't be more pleased. True three dimensional sound reproduction. After this I could say with confidence you could likely pair just about any Dynavector cart with the VPI uni pivot arms and the sound would be great. Just the level of greatness could increase as the level of cart increases.

    What I'm waiting for now is the dual pivot assembly from VPI. It should arrive shortly and I'm curious if it will add to the sound or take away from the uni-pivot characteristics. From reviews and what others have told me it actually widens the soundstage which for me is one of the most important characteristics of cart and arm pairing.

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