By Lori Spencer

The crystal and ceramic pickups of yesteryear’s record players have been replaced by the magnetic cartridge — now the standard for modern turntables. Although they lack the amplification of the old crystal or ceramic pickups, magnetic turntable cartridges track much lighter across the record, thus causing less wear in the groove. There are two basic types of magnetic turntable cartridges: moving magnet (also known as MM) and moving coil (MC).

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