WHAT Hifi 5 Stars Our Verdict
With subtlety, timing and detail to satisfy the pickiest, the MP300 is a standout
For Rhythmically tight, fast paced, subtle, detailedmFast and thrillingBut who cares? The sound is driving and fast-paced. Tracking at 1.5g, there’s timing and rhythm here too, and the taut, snappy delivery is the best in this class.Pace isn’t everything, though, so we were pleased to find plenty of subtlety and detail on tap.The MP300 rests on its clear midrange, and its bass is taut and punchy. Treble is a touch thin, especially with lean-sounding kit, but it’s a minor thing. This is great.
As soon as the needle hits La Traviata’s grooves I’m given a flavour of its unique personality. The strings sound bold and powerful,Its timing is one of the best on test,with an assertive beat that sounds in control without forcing the pace Articulate sound with lots of rhythm HIFI Choice
The Nagaoka MP-300 phono cartridge offers sophistication, refinement and high-definition at all audible frequencies thus making it one of our favorite phono cartridges. It is nimble on the grooves and easy on the ears so you keep on wanting to listen more. The Nagaoka MP300 is an advanced technology cartridge that is destined to become a classic out of the box.
..an overall balance that is among the most pleasing...regardless of price.
I don’t know what you heard here but I thought this cartridge combines elements of the Ortofon 2M Bronze’s detail retrieval and excellent transient response with the BPS’s warmth and overall relaxed presentation.It produced greater detail resolution and finer images on a wider, deeper better-defined soundstage than did the Blue Point but was less dry and analytical than the 2M Bronze. Its overall balance was among the most pleasing of any of these cartridges, regardless of price.
soundstage was noticeably wider than the one produced by the BPS and the images were more finally rendered as well. I also liked the cymbals and drum kit overall. Dynamics were also improved compared to the BPS.
The Nagoaka’s “price/performance” ratio struck me as being especially high. A boron cantilever for $669? That’s impressive and no doubt contributed to the cartridge’s fast, well defined but not etchy high frequency transient response. Michael Fremmer Analogue Planet
The Nagaoka MP-300 is an advanced technology cartridge that offers detail resolution, finer images on a wider, deeper, better-defined soundstage, and an overall balance that is among the most pleasing regardless of price. It offers sophistication, refinement and high-definition at all audible frequencies thus making it one of our favorite phono cartridges. It's nimble on the grooves, vivid, frames a wide, deep and defined soundstage and is easy on the ears so you keep on wanting to listen more.
This cartridge is a showman at heart – just look at that shell.Fast and thrilling
But who cares? The sound is driving and fast-paced. Tracking at 1.5g, there’s timing and rhythm here too, and the taut, snappy delivery is the best in this class.What Hifi
Pace isn’t everything, though, so we were pleased to find plenty of subtlety and detail on tap.
The MP300 rests on its clear midrange, and its bass is taut and punchy. Treble is a touch thin, especially with lean-sounding kit, but it’s a minor thing. This is great.
All this wonderful musical excellence is cocooned for years of listening pleasure.
Super Fine polished elliptical diamond bonded stylus
Powerful samarium cobalt magnet
Low-mass, high strength boron cantilever
Carbon Fibre reinforced plastic pole shoe
Anti-ferro magnetic permalloy shield casing
Cantilever: High-strength boron
Frequency response: 20 - 25,000 Hz
Channel balance: better than 1.0 dB
Channel separation: better than 25 dB at 1kHz
Output voltage: 4 mV (5 cm/sec)
Tracking force: 1.3 - 1.8 g
Impedance: 47 000 ohms
Dynamic compliance: 7.2 x10-6/dyne
Static compliance: 20 x10-6/dyne
Weight: 8.0 g
Mounting: 1/2 inch
Microsection: super-fine polished, elliptical, bonded diamond
Replacement stylus JN-P300
Nagaoka MP-series cartridges and Nagaoka audio accessories with the authentic vinyl sound
With Nagaoka cartridges you can experience the concert hall in the comfort of your home.
Nagaoka is unique in the cartridge business having produced styli, cartridges and accessories for records since 1940 thus more than 70 years! Moreover all the very high precision parts used in manufacturing the cartridges and styli are made in Nagaoka’s own factories, from the diamond tips, the cantilevers, the samarium cobalt magnets, even the coils.
The phonograph stylus is the most important link in your vinyl sound system to capture the information stored in the grooves of the vinyl record and translate this information into an electrical current. The quality and shape of the stylus and the tolerances in the manufacturing process are of the utmost importance to ensure that the translation of the information in the grooves is perfect and no information is lost or added in the process. Nagaoka is the world’s only cartridge producer
Making all the required parts in house and having 100% control over the quality of each individual part.
Each of the above models offer the highest possible music reproduction in their class.
The new high performance Nagaoka MP-series cartridges incorporate the most up-to-date materials including the ultra-light weight Permalloy oscillator at the rear end of the cantilever and the very strong samarium cobalt permanent magnet mounted in the cartridge body. The cartridges of Nagaoka’s MP-line produce an equal sound reproduction in all frequency ranges from the super deep low tones to the crystal clear high notes, clearly accentuating and separating every detail, however small, of the musical instruments and voices of the artists.
The accuracy of the MP stylus keeps all the details of the music separate so each detail can be heard clearly. of Nagaoka's continuous pursuit of perfect sound reproduction will not fail to provide you with the utmost musical satisfaction.