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1 9 8 3 1983

Part of the L10 series, part also of the ultimate efforts to perfect LP replay, the MC-L10 is a Direct-Coupled cartridge with a Beryllium cantilever - if beryllium wasn't a Victor exclusive, the DC system was.

DC however didn't mean what it means in amplifier design, for it was a way to convert the stylus vibrations into current much sooner than conventional systems by placing the coil... on the cantilever itself, only a milimeter away from the stylus !
To avoid obvious tracking problems, the coil itself is a (very) thin air-core conductor photo-etched on a poly-imide wafer.

The smaller MC-5E shares the same basic design and specs with the MC-L10 but uses a conventional elliptical stylus rather than the Shibata mkIII of the Victor MC-L10.

Victor would produce two more DC MC cartridges later in the 1980s (MC-L1000) before withdrawing from the visible high-end and quality audio markets alltogether.

JVC MC-L10, image 1 JVC MC-L10, image 2 JVC MC-L10, image 3
JVC MC-L10 specifications
Title Value
Type : Direct-Coupled moving coil
Output voltage : 0,25mV (1Khz, 5cm/s ; MC-L10)
0,2mV (1Khz, 5cm/s ; MC-5E)
Output balance : < 1dB
Frequency response : 10Hz...50Khz (MC-L10)
10Hz...40Khz (MC-5E)
Channel separation : 27dB (1Khz, MC-L10)
25dB (1Khz, MC-5E)
Impedance : 30 Ohm
Load resistance : > 30 Ohm
Dynamic compliance : 8 x 10-6 dyne (100Hz)
Optimal tracking force : 1,5g (± 0,15g, MC-L10)
1,5g (± 0,2g, MC-5E)
Stylus : Shibata MkIII (MC-L10)
0,3 x 0,7mil elliptical (MC-5E)
Weight : 8,7g (MC-L10)
7,0g (MC-5E).
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