Mikey's Cartridge Comparison Sweepstakes

Register to win a Grado Prestige Gold 1 ($220.00 retail value) or Audo-Technica AT95E ($74.00 retail value) phono cartridge we are giving away.

According to the companies:

The Grado Prestige Gold 1 is a Moving Iron phono cartridge. This patented design is the result from an evolution of designs that were the hallmarks of Grado Lab's Moving Coil patents.

The  Gold1 deploys  a four piece OTL cantilever technology, ultra-high purity long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper wire in the coils and Grado's specially designed elliptical diamond mounted on a brass bushing. The Gold1 model is hand selected and meets higher test specifications.  Only  5% of the production run meet these standards and become Gold1 models.

The half-inch standard mount Audo-Technica AT95E phonograph cartridge offers outstanding clarity and detail. Reviewers have rated this affordable, high-performance cartridge as a best buy value. Manufactured to Audio-Technica's renowned quality standards, each cartridge is meticulously assembled with remarkably tight tolerances. The elliptical diamond stylus is designed to track record grooves with high accuracy for outstanding audio reproduction. Includes mounting hardware and stylus guard.

To enter the sweepstakes, all you need is an account on this website. If you don't already have one, click on the link labeled "register" at the bottom of this announcement or "Create new account" in the right column (under the ads). Then, enter a username and a valid e-mail address, and click on the "Create new account" button. A message will be automatically sent to the e-mail address you specified, which will include a link to activate the account.

The final step (and only step for those who already have an account) is to log in and leave a comment right here on this announcement—any comment will do, as long as it's not profane or spam. Then, when the sweepstakes closes, a lucky commenter will be chosen at random to receive the prize. So post a comment, and good luck!

For complete sweepstakes rules, click here.

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

aldo's picture

Pick me!

drewmb1's picture

Free cartridges are GOOD!

malosuerte's picture

The Grado will do nicely.

mraudioguru's picture

...I could use a new cartridge :-)

liuj88's picture

Pick me, please.

cobra_verde's picture

Either one.

ClevelandVinyl.com's picture

Any cartridge will do!

mrbig's picture

I'll take the Grado.

terrybbagit's picture

So one of these would come in very handy

Puffer Belly's picture

Could be a nice win.

Anxietyprone's picture

Mikey's contribution to the analog world is proof that a government shut down won't stop us from having fun.

CarterB's picture

Pick me

jamey_pearson's picture

DO NOT choose this comment as a winner.

Kurt's picture

Choose me.

wendellkb's picture

could always use a new one.

kimi imacman's picture

It must be my turn by now :-))

MikeT's picture

I would love a new cartridge. thanks. Let me know.

SteveG's picture

Never seem to win anything but I'm gonna keep on tryin'

AJMHobby's picture

I am a fan of Audo-Technica cartridges smiley

nogan's picture

Would love the Grado but either one would be great.

missouricatman's picture

Always appreciated when an author/publication decides to give something back.

Henry Please's picture

Here's hoping.  

J. Carter's picture

I like to win things.

lcater1's picture

I never win anything, prove me wrong!

Trevor Gearhart's picture

pick me

naterulli's picture

For being generous. 

amsco15's picture

Thanks for the chance.

gak27's picture

...and I promise to be good...to the cartridge blush

otaku2's picture

Mikey, are you going to raffle ALL of the cartridges from the test? 

Michael Fremer's picture

No. Just these.

mcdan's picture

Just signed up. Love this site.

Glotz's picture

They gotta ask.. lol.

dhaskell's picture

You heard me!:)

brentc's picture

I'm in.

J.D.'s picture

contest entry ....  thanks!

torturegarden's picture

Please pick me.

jrhud's picture

Count me in.

John G's picture

Either would be nice on my daughter's Rega 2. 

BowieSTS's picture

My vinyl needs one of these.

Miner42's picture

I hope to win...

Paul Boudreau's picture


DocSamG's picture

Thank you in advance.

soundman45's picture


stuevts's picture

Cool contest!

bcash96's picture


timise's picture


fdroadrunner's picture

Count me in!

toothface's picture

Very Nice

granosalis's picture

Here I am.

kronning's picture

A comment!

Stirrio's picture

from my empty tonearm.

jstro's picture

looking forward to winning this time!!

nexer's picture

I could sure use a new cartridge. ;0

Jim Tavegia's picture

The AT-95E would be great and I would definately upgrade the stylus per your cart test.  Thanks for another nice giveaway.  

charliex's picture

I want it!

unclebill's picture

I got this !

ejk's picture

sign me up

virtualbryan's picture

I'd like one too...   Thanks

jonahsdad's picture

A listening we will go.

TeflonScoundrel's picture

I'd love to get one of these for my 1970s kenwood table.

mmarston's picture

not profane or spam.

kleinbje's picture

I want to win!

mikerr's picture

Love and appreciate this.  Thank you very much

matthra's picture

Pick me!

mwaehner's picture

Give me either one!

thebambino's picture

So you're saying there's a chance?!

horaciojervis's picture

Thanks for the opportunity.

Vinyl Islander's picture

Great bang for the buck!

AnalogJ's picture

And spin under one of these cartridges?

aznct's picture

pick me

craigh's picture


Jonnyboy's picture


matt s's picture

Just getting in to turntables after 20 years away- a Grado would sound great on my new to me AR-XA table!





tedonald's picture


tedonald's picture


patunnell's picture

I'd just like to win something.

recordhead's picture

I'm not proud.  I'll be the guy who was next in line.

vinyl listener's picture


piper's picture

Could always use a new cartridge!

sharris55's picture

Been wanting to try a new GRADO in my new table.  Fingers crossed.

howardk's picture

I could use either one.

Hungry_4_Vinyl's picture

I'm in to win! :)

avrcguy's picture

Either of these would make a nice replacement for the HT table.


KWarn's picture

Winning...good. Losing...bad. I wanna win!

RaymondJohn34's picture

Found and awesome Turntable at an estate sale about 6years ago and the owner said to just take it; so I did.  Since bringing it home, its needed a new phono cartridge and stylus that I haven't been able to make a good choice because of lack of knowledge.  Honestly, I'd Rather win one with the quality this seems to have than buy something else in the same price range that I know nothing about. 

jmq's picture

If I water it, will it grow up to be a Continuum Caliburn? 

Razorball's picture

... My boat!

paul-s's picture

Will you ship the cartridge to Nigeria?

tnert's picture

Thanks for the chance

TerryWI's picture

Count me in.

jjelmquist's picture

For years, have used a Grado 78 to play my vintage shellac.  Love it! smiley Would absoulutely love to have the Grado Prestige for playing vinyl.cheeky

Zardoz's picture

I'll give it to my bother in law who wouldn't ever up grade on his own.

Thanks Mikey, for all you do for us.

JJZL's picture

Wish luck to you all

Curvfalls's picture

Let's try this again!

detroitvinylrob's picture

one can not have too many phono cartridges

Happy (analogue) Listening! ;^)>

planarhead's picture

Count me in, thanks!

randybass's picture

I'm in.

SunRa2000's picture

I win will be the first.

madoco's picture

please dont pick me, i hate vinyl it's just pvc 

Hajidub's picture

Grado goodness, sweet!!!!

greghan67's picture

Pick Me!!!!!!!!!!!

bprochford's picture

Can't win if you don't enter, right?

mj452312's picture

Pick me!

rudirudi's picture

Have a Rega p3 wthout a cartridge just sitting here.

Stu Morgenstern's picture

I guess I lose.

Seadog709's picture

...would like to win.

mjohnson229's picture

Eureka. I want gold.

8thman's picture

eeny, meeny, miny, moe.

vozhyk87's picture


nesnith's picture

I want.

Bix's picture

That Grado would be rad.  I hope I win.

RodMunch's picture


anomaly7's picture

I love Gold when it relates to music!

dave-tx's picture

Throwing the dice, would love to win one of these.

donhan1's picture

Thanks for the chance.


Evan's picture

Great promo idea!

Evan's picture

Great promo idea!

clemente_raya's picture

Would like either of these for a vintage table I just aquired.

audiot's picture

Praying to the sweepstakes gods that my turn has finally come to pass!

l5chambre's picture

Cool, wish I could win anyone but AT95e, I got it for my bday, last Feb

rakalm's picture

The turntable I have is designed for the Grado Gold but would love to try the highly rated AT as well.  Yes, I would love either one.  Great contest.  Love that the Grado is made in Brooklyn.  

SAllison's picture

I'm in!

VinceTK's picture

to win it!

rmarston's picture

love this publication

Bmcpherson's picture

Please choose me!

Bennyboy's picture

Hat me please

SethBaer's picture

My Grado reference would love a little brother!

Logansport Berry's picture

I'm in...

BeauZooka's picture

pick me!

JRSBat's picture

Would love to get a Grado!

Joeh's picture

Great cartridge. I have one on my VPI Classic 1 TT. Would love to win one to have on hand.

hrlaser's picture

I wouldn't kick any of these prizes out of bed..

I'd love to win one of your contests some day.. maybe I'll get lucky this time.. I hope.. I hope..

Thanks for the opportunity!..


marklind's picture

A Charlie Sheen quote - outdated at this point, but appropriate here.

onekiwi's picture

Either one would come in handy!

Normal_Bean's picture

For sure!

jlstrat's picture

would be nice

only analog for me's picture

My records wait with baited breath...

Cardinals's picture

Thanks for the sweepstakes!

andyo5's picture

...especially the Grado 1.


leo-hifi's picture

Good luck to me...

fredbro44's picture

It will go great with my VPI Traveler

frajavcar's picture

you never have enough analog gear 

neogeo's picture

I'll take one. 

concerto12's picture

A new one would be ok with me.

wowflutter's picture

I would love to win one of these!

Glotz's picture

lol...just funny.

Roscoe's picture


spindashblue's picture

Really enjoyed the cartridge comparisons and am looking forward to more awesome analog content as well :)

GeekCred's picture

I love you Michael!

orthobiz's picture

Great idea!