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Cartridge Upgrade for Pro-ject Debut 3

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Is it worth upgrading the cartridge of my turntable (currently an Ortofon OMB5E) or should I simply carry on saving and put it towards a better TT like a Rega P3?

Also, how often do you need to replace your cartidge/stylus? I have had my TT (first one) for 13 months and use it for about 5-10 hours a week on average.
 

fatboyslimfast

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13 months @ 40hrs per month = 520hrs used (ish). I would say that as long as your vinyl is pretty clean and not badly scratched, you will probably get at least another 6 months out of that stylus, if not 12.

Normally styli go for around 750-1000hrs or so.

You could just go for an OM10E stylus which would fit perfectly on your OM body, and would give a decent upgrade in sound quality.

The P3/24 will give a noticeable improvement in sound quality, but obv is a lot more cash.

I would suggest that if your thinking goes along those lines, to book a demo in at a dealer. If you take your Debut 3 along, and get the dealer to dem the P3 against your Debut, you will see if the upgrade is good value for you or not...
 
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Anonymous

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You could also get a new cartridge now for your debut and then use it on a new turntable if and when funds allow. I've replaced an omb3e with a 2m red on my genie and the sound has definetely improved significantly although tbh I think the new cartridge made the whole setup more susceptible to click and pops etc.
 
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Anonymous

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just get the next stylus up the om10 which will fit that body
 

Greenwich_Man

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one off:just get the next stylus up the om10 which will fit that body

I did - I put an OM10 on my Debut 2 - and I am very happy with the result
 
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Anonymous

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What is the difference between the similarly priced OM10 and 2M red?
 
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Anonymous

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What about sound quality/character? Do both work equally well with debut 3?
 

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