Shelter 5000 MC Phono Cartridge

Shelter 5000 MC Phono Cartridge

Recently, I had the very good fortune to review the Shelter 501 III MC Phono Cartridge. No sooner than the review was published, a Shelter 5000 MC Phono Cartridge dropped into my lap. For my review of Canadian startup Pure Fidelity’s Eclipse Turntable, the designer John Stratton suggested he setup his Shelter 5000 as it had been so successful during the turntable’s beta testing. I killed two birds with one stone for that review and jotted down some thoughts about the 5000 once I got to know the Eclipse’s sound signature. The cart was mounted to an Acoustic Signature TA-1000 tonearm.

At an MSRP of $2245, the 5000 is a couple of steps above the $1295 501 III in Shelter’s ‘Legendary Line’ of cartridges and a couple steps below the top player, the $4195 9000. I’m familiar with the outstanding 9000 and really liked the 501 III. As I began serious listening, I wondered what another grand above the 501 III got you in Shelter rent.

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2018 coming in TWO WEEKS—Denver, CO

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2018 coming in TWO WEEKS—Denver, CO

Unless knee deep in a surprise Rocky Mountain snowstorm, Fall is a beautiful time of year to visit Denver, CO, one of the coolest, most progressive cities in the USA. It's a place that reveres craft beer (there's even a museum in the airport dedicated to the subject), has many fine restaurants, and where you can get high. Legally. 

In addition, the local audiophiles run what has become one of the finest high end audio shows in the world. And my favourite. Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF). Please don't misunderstand, this is not an electronics show. Samsung and LG won't have the latest TVs on hand. This is two channel, high end audio. Pure. Unadulterated. If you wanted, you could bring your Cc and purchase a whole system at the show (there are dedicated systems on show for $500, $1000, and $1500)—it's chock-a-block with deals and sympathetic ears. You'll get passionate, honest advice and you'll be able to hear hundreds of systems boasting all the latest gear. Many reasonably priced pieces of kit are on show, too. So, no excuses.