Our Verdict With subtlety, timing and detail to satisfy the pickiest, the MP300 is a standout For Rhythmically tight, fast paced, subtle, detailed Against Hard to align, lack of captive nuts Reviewed on 29th March 2011 This cartridge is a showman at heart – just look at that shell. It’s also the only cartridge here not to have captive nuts, so you’ll be working like a one-armed paper hanger trying to fit and align it, while the recessed stylus canprove tricky to line up in use. It’s easy to set up, though, thanks to its square shape. Fast 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. More after the break 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. See all our cartridge reviews Follow whathifi on Twitter Join whathifi on Facebook Related News Audio-Technica unveils new reference AT-ART1000 MC cartridge Thu, 05 May 2016, 11:32am Audio-Technica plans global expansion Thu, 08 Oct 2015, 03:01am Accessories Cartridges MP300 Nagaoka Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.