That's interesting, Richard.
I knew about AKG/Philips' microphone relationship, and it would stand to reason that AKG is a
candidate for making Philips-branded cartridges. I don't think Philips had any expertise in
cartridge-type manufacturing, but they did make many electrical parts so it's not a stretch to think
they could have done it in-house.
European hi-fi watchers, please chime in.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:38 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Philips 1980s phono cartridges
> No facts here, just some rambling that might get you to look in another direction (or you may
> already know these pieces).
> In the later part of the 1970s, AKG introduced a line of reasonably decent phono cartridges. I
> have one, though I ultimately went back to my Stanton 681s because they matched CDs better in AB
> tests with my RTS preamp. I think I have a P8ES, but that is from 30-year-old-plus memory.
> Philips in the early 1970s had AKG make versions of the C451 that were sold under the Philips name
> in a non-modular package. I have a pair of the omnis.
> I do not know the history of Philips' and AKG's relationship, so this is all merely speculation,
> but there are potential ties there. Of course, AKG is now part of Harman.
> On 2013-02-26 1:52 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> Question probably best answered by European listmembers ...
>> In the 1980s, Philips turntables, the line that was belt drive but with a quartz DC servo motor
>> driving the belt, were sold in all or most European markets with Philips branded cartridges. Were
>> those actually made by Philips? If not, what company was the OEM? I think sometimes the
>> turntables were sold in the U.S. with Philips cartridges but most seem to have been sold without
>> Thanks in advance for facts/answers!
>> -- Tom Fine
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