This is a companion to this thread http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=255701 in which it’s said that many LPs, including many recent audiophile reissues, don’t track properly with normal cartridges and need a cartridge that’s an especially good tracker to play back without at least some instances of sibilance (distorted esses) or other distortion problems. The place to discuss that is on the other thread. This thread, if it takes off, is just a list of LPs that show these characteristics, for those who are troubled by such things. Please send in your nominations and I’ll try to manage the list as best I can. The big problem is going to be distinguishing between the LPs we’re trying to identify – the ones that CAN be tracked properly if you use the right cartridge - and others that are just badly recorded in the first place and would sound sibilant on any system. So, it would be really helpful if you could only nominate troublesome LPs that you KNOW can be tracked properly using the right cartridge. Perhaps we can have a sub-section for suspect LPs and put them in there while awaiting more reports. To set the ball rolling, here’s an initial batch of titles from me. All these played with sibilance on at least some tracks when using ordinary cartridges with elliptical styluses (Sumiko Blue Point No 2, Denon DL110, Shure M97xE and Grado Prestige Gold) but tracked well or perfectly with the Audio Technica AT440MLA, an exceptionally good tracker that uses a MicroLine or line contact stylus. I’ve only just acquired the AT440MLA so I’ll have other titles to add as I work my way through my stack of previously “unlistenable” LPs! Aaron Neville Warm Your Heart Classic Records 200g 33rpm (three or four tracks had sibilance, now resolved) Peter Gabriel So Classic Records 200g 33rpm (still very hot but sibilance resolved) Paul Simon There Goes Rhymin’ Simon DCC (a revelation!) Taste On The Boards original UK Polydor A1/B1 (still a bit bright on some tracks but the distortion has gone) Steven Stills Manassas latest Warner Rhino 180g reissue (bad sibilance on final track, Blues Man, resolved) Neil Young After The Gold Rush latest reissue from 180g box set (slight sibilance on title track cleaned up) Carpenters The Singles 1969-1973 A&M Canada Audiophile edition (Karen’s esses still strong but without the distortion) Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key Of Life Speakers Corner audiophile reissue (sibilance on many tracks now gone. The sound is now breathtaking.) Stevie Wonder Music Of My Mind Original UK Tamla Motown issue A1/B1 (most tracks had sibilance, now largely resolved) Stevie Wonder Talking Book New MFSL Silver Label reissue (sibilance on side one largely resolved, though the last track is still a challenge) And a couple of LPs I’m still struggling with: Rickie Lee Jones Rickie Lee Jones Warner Rhino 180g reissue (side one still has some bad patches esp. Easy Money. But I think this may just be the recording – the CD doesn’t sound right either.) Dire Straits Dire Straits Original UK Vertigo half-speed mastered edition (much improved but many esses in many tracks still don’t sound right. A problem with the recording or mastering?) Still to come: Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon 180g 30thAnniversary Edition. I have this but haven’t tested it yet.