Alva MC

High-Output Moving Coil Cartridge

  • High-Output Moving Coil – For outstanding musical detail
  • Exposed Cantilever Design – Reduces unwanted resonance and vibration.
  • Elliptical Stylus – Improved frequency response and lower distortion.
  • Designed and Engineered in the UK – Bespoke Cambridge Audio design.
  • person lowering a record onto alva tt v2 turntable

    Alva MC High-Output Moving Coil Cartridge

    With its exposed cantilever design and elliptical stylus, our engineers custom-designed Alva MC, a high-output Moving Coil cartridge for Alva TT to deliver stunning levels of musical detail. The 68° angled cantilever is a call-back to our founding year of 1968 and a celebration of over 50 years of innovation.

    close-up of alva mc cartridge on an alva tt v2 turntable

    High-Output Moving Coil

    Moving Coil cartridges are known for high-precision and detailed music reproduction during playback.

    close-up of alva mc cartridge side rear view

    Exposed Cantilever Design

    Alva MC utilises an exposed cantilever design. This cuts down on unwanted resonance and vibration that can be a downside of conventional enclosed designs.

    close-up of alva mc cartridge and corner of alva tt v2

    Elliptical Stylus

    We chose an elliptical stylus for Alva MC, to give a large contact area within the groove of your records. This offers outstanding frequency response and low distortion figures. 

    close-up of alva mc cartridge on alva tt v2 playing blue record

    Lightweight and Fast

    Compared to many of its Moving Magnet (MM) counterparts, Alva MC is lighter and faster to respond to the record’s grooves, therefore able to unlock more of the musical detail contained within. 

    side angle image of alva tt v2 turntable, tonearm and MC cartridge

    Designed and Engineered in London

    Finished in our custom lunar-grey to compliment Alva TT V2, the bespoke Cambridge Audio design adopts the patterned knurling found on our premium Edge hi-fi. The 68° angle seen running top to bottom is a call-back to our founding year of 1968. A playful touch that reminds us of our roots. 

  • Press reviews

    • Hi-Fi Choice

      United Kingdom, July 2019

      Verdict: Hi-Fi Choice Highly Recommended "The Alva MC is seriously impressive."  

      Customer Reviews

    • The details

      Cartridge Type High-output Moving Coil
      Frequency Response +/- 1dB 30Hz-20kHz
      Stylus Elliptical
      Cantilever Aluminium
      Output Level 2mV @1kHz
      Tracking Force 2g
      Recommended Load 47kΩ
      Weight 7g
      Separation 25dB @ 1kHz
      Trackability 70um/2gr