24 Apr TONE AUDIO
REVIEW OF DONATELLO BY JEFF DORGAY
“After spending a lot of time on opposite ends of the price spectrum with Gold Note’s $3,000 high output MC Machiavelli cartridge and their $385 Vasari MM, the Donatello MC strikes a great spot at $1,075 – offering tremendous sonics, versatility and value.
Thanks to a .5mv output and suggested loading of 470 ohms, chances are good this gold Italian beauty will mate with all MC phonostages. It certainly did with all of ours, from the Pass Labs XS Phono to the Channel Islands HPA.
Nearly all listening was done with our current favorite turntable, the Technics SL-1200 G. This $4,000 direct drive table is a breeze to set up, and offers a stable platform for every cartridge we’ve used with it. The Donatello’s micro elliptical stylus proves easy to set up and optimize quickly. A short session with the Acoustical Systems SMARTractor and the Donatello is rocking the house.”
Read the full review here: http://www.tonepublications.com/analogaholic/the-gold-note-donatello-mc-cartridge/