Stanton GrooveMaster.V3 Cartridge Review
Overview: Check out the full rundown review video of the Stanton Groovemaster.V3 MP4 high-end club integrated headshell cartridges. We completed a written review a while back on these, but wanted to provide everyone with a bit more detail and a nice video to go along with it. Big Shout-outs to Stanton for sending a new set of Matched Pair needles for the testing. The Groovemaster needles are perfect for high-quality audio playback and mixing style DJ's. Watch the video review inside to see if the Groovemasters are right for you.
Review Video & Demo
Setup & First Impressions
The Stanton GrooveMaster.V3 Cartridge is designed as a One-Piece Plug-and-Play solution for Club DJ’s that want great sound and versatility. For this new iteration of the GrooveMaster cartridge; the color is changed to black and silver for an updated futuristic type of look. The Matched Pair (MP4) set of cartridges comes with a flight-style case and a stylus brush in order to get the dust and debris off of the needles.
The GrooveMaster.V3 cartridge has great versatility but it is not meant for extensive scratching. These cartridges were tested on a set of Technics 1200's and a set of Gemini CDT-05's and I was able to pull off most of my complex tears and chirps without any problems. There were only a few times that I had to force it to slip out of the groove under extremely rigorous back and forth type scratching. Even though they are capable of scratching, the elliptical stylus will wear your vinyl down faster than spherical styli that are made for scratching (See the Trackmaster and Discmaster cartridge reviews).
Mixing is where the GrooveMaster.V3 really shines! The cartridge performs PERFECTLY while mixing house music or just about anything else. I was surprised that this cartridge was even able to play my record that had a deep scratch in it that my other needles couldn’t play!
Out of all Stanton 1-piece design cartridges, I would say that the GrooveMaster.V3 has the absolute BEST sound output and is also comparable to other higher-priced cartridges out there on the market today. The Highs are nice and crispy and the Mids are nice and vibrant. The Bass is deep and steady without almost any feedback or flutter present which makes it perfect for recording.
Conclusion / Recommended For
-Mixing Style DJ's
Pros & Cons
- Great Sound Quality
- One-piece Integrated Headshell Design
- Good Price
- Nice travel Case with the Matched Pair (MP4)
- Not suited for scratching
Written by djblaze on 09/14/11
Features & Specs
*Professional integrated club cartridge
*Elliptical stylus for enhanced groove tracing
*4-coil pickup increases stereo imaging while providing high output
*New industrial design
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