Cartridge Azimuth - Is It Worth The Hassle?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by colby2415, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. delmonaco

    delmonaco Forum Resident

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    Yes, it's definitely important, but I personally prefer not to do it myself, because it could drives me to a nervous breakdown. Thankfully, I have a very good close friend, who actually enjoy doing it, and is happy to do it for me when needed. Otherwise I enjoy to play with all others turntable/cart adjustments, but accurate azimuth adjustment is something beyond my psychological tolerance, so if there's no one willing and capable to help, I would prefer to let it at any random position.
     
  2. rtrt

    rtrt Well-Known Member

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    I wonder about steel in close proximity to a cartridge?

    Having said that are all arms made of non steel materials - not sure about that either?!
     
  3. Wuther

    Wuther Prog Rock Explorer

    I have just finished aligning my cart with shibata stylus. The only problem I had was not a channel imbalance but sound clarity issue. The sound was not good enough to my ears in terms of good details and transparency. As soon as I checked the azimuth I realized that the deviation from vertical line was in about 2 degrees to the left. I fixed the problem by loosening a bit the right screw and applying a little more force to the left screw. As soon as fixed it the sound was improved drastically!
     
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  4. mkane

    mkane Musics a Passion

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  5. Wuther

    Wuther Prog Rock Explorer

  6. mkane

    mkane Musics a Passion

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    Once you get the hang of it, yes. Takes 15 minutes max.
     
  7. Wuther

    Wuther Prog Rock Explorer

    When you have a voltmeter and built a box, yes.
     
  8. Thomas_A

    Thomas_A Forum Resident

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  9. mkane

    mkane Musics a Passion

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    a box isn't absolutely necessary
     
  10. Kyle Mooney

    Kyle Mooney Active Member

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    That's the method I use also - and like you, I can get it done in 15 minutes. I think it's worth the effort.
     
  11. VinylSoul

    VinylSoul Forum Resident

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    Since stereo cartridges have channel imbalance how do compensate for this to achieve the best azimuth setting?
     
  12. Davey

    Davey very clever with maracas

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    Azimuth is adjusted to reduce channel crosstalk and phase difference, not balance.
     
  13. VinylSoul

    VinylSoul Forum Resident

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    One can also take a mono lp leave the preamp in stereo. Wire one channel out of phase and twist headshell or arm tube for the least output at the speakers or headphones.
     
  14. Thomas_A

    Thomas_A Forum Resident

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    Uppsala, Sweden
    Channel balance need to be adjusted for by a balance control, very seldom present on RIAA amps. For azimuth you need to have both symmetry in phase and level, and this within very small adjustments. A stylus azimuth should not deviate more than 1-2° to compensate for the coil azimuth.
     

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