With Pick it PRO Balanced, no longer are you limited to moving coil cartridges to begin a balanced signal chain! As word spreads about the merits & attainability of Pro-Ject’s True Balanced concept, we aim to make it even easier for you to dip your toes in the balanced pond.

The Problem…

To achieve their relatively high output voltage, MM cartridges require far more coil windings. This means there’s a much greater length of metal through which the signal must travel. This in turn amounts to higher internal impedance values relative to MC cartridges and greater susceptibility to interference. To stave of noise & interference, most all the moving magnet cartridges on the market use a generator shield that’s tied to the right channel ground. As such, balanced signal transmission from the cartridge is no longer attainable.

…and the Solution

To solve this problem, Pro-Ject Audio Systems has teamed up with Ortofon to develop a new MM cartridge design that does not associate the generator shield with the right channel ground. Long & short, Pick it PRO Balanced sends a symmetrical signal that, with a Pro-Ject True Balanced turntablephono preamp & cable, delivers the balanced audio experience starting from a moving magnet phono cartridge – an industry first!


  • True-Balanced-compatible MM cartridge
  • Moving magnet design
  • High fidelity playback
  • Very detailed with low distortion
  • Exceptionally lively & robust
  • High dynamic range
  • Simple and fast mounting
  • Standard mount (1/2″)
  • Threaded screw holes (no nuts!)
  • Transparent stylus assembly
  • Made in Europe


  • Cartridge principle: moving magnet (MM)
  • Output voltage (1kHz): 4mV
  • Channel separation (1kHz): 22dB
  • Tracking ability (315Hz): 70μm
  • Frequency response (+/- 2dB): 20Hz-20kHz
  • Stylus type: bonded elliptical
  • Stylus tip radius: r/R 8/18μm
  • Tracking force range: 1.8-2.2g (18-22mN)
  • Recommended tracking force: 2.0g (20mN)
  • Tracking angle: 20°
  • Compliance: 12μm/mN
  • Internal impedance: 750Ω
  • Internal inductance: 450mH
  • Recommended load: 47k Ω
  • Recommended capacitance: 150-300pF
  • Cartridge weight: 7.2g