New(ish) cartridge used for needle drops - should I break in first?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by colby2415, May 18, 2017.

  1. colby2415

    colby2415 Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Canada
    Basically a few months ago I got a shure m35x for needle dropping purposes (i found it has a more neutral sound, which is better imo for needle drops). Anyways, I have done a few drops now and have about 3-4 hours on it, but I am wondering if I should break it in to like about 50 hours before I start needle dropping. Do you think this is worth the time investment or should I just record as it is? Thanks
     
  2. I've never been concerned myself with a break-in period. If the sound is acceptable to you, go for it. I use my best modern cartridge, a Shure M97xe, for needle drops. I tried using a Pickering NP/AC for mono records but found that my M97xe sounded much better. If you are going to do needle drops to last for eternity, I believe in putting your best foot forward.
     
  3. colby2415

    colby2415 Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Canada
    Agreed, decided that it's not really worth waiting another 50 hours, as its already gonna take tons of time to needle drop all the stuff I want to archive. Oh well, gotta start somewhere.
     
  4. I thought that doing needle drops would be a breeze, but with only a few hundred done in my spare time and several thousand more to go, I've kinda changed my attitude.
     
  5. sfoclt

    sfoclt Member

    I would say yes. I've had new cartridges open up after a couple hours. It is a mechanical device. 50 hours sounds excessive though.
     

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