Ortofon - The Concorde Century - how to align?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Nubben, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. Oelewapper

    Oelewapper Plays vinyl instead of installing it on the floor.

    Nope, I only use an aux weight when it's impossible to achieve the right VTF without one.
    So I only use it with my 2M Black and Glider SL.
     
  2. guy1

    guy1 Forum Resident

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    Can someone who has it give me an idea on what it sounds like? is it similar to a 2m black or bronze? Would you say its worth the money?
     
  3. woodpigeon

    woodpigeon Forum Resident

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    I’ve just got a good deal on one and it’s in the post. Will post some notes in here once it arrives.
     
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  4. Oelewapper

    Oelewapper Plays vinyl instead of installing it on the floor.

    I have made a cartridge comparison that includes both a Century and Black (and 5 other MM carts):


    I have more needle drops of the Century on my channel if you’re interested.

    Edit: my opinion is that if you already have the black and you’re looking for better sound color, it’s not worth the money - the difference is too small.
    But if you listen to how it handles noise and IGD, it’s considerably better than a 2M Black.
    That makes it worth the money.
     
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  5. guy1

    guy1 Forum Resident

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    Thank you! yes ideally i 'd love something that's close to the black but handles surface noise better. I will check out your videos!
     
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  6. woodpigeon

    woodpigeon Forum Resident

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    The Concorde Century arrived in the mail today. As promised some notes, I’m no reviewer and pretty new to the vinyl hobby so apologies in advance if this is all nonsense:

    - It’s an absolute breeze to set up, obviously the alignment is pre-set for a Technics table, set the tracking force, anti-skate and VTA and off you go. 5 minutes maybe.
    - Sound-wise, it’s much cleaner and more detailed sounding than my 2M Blue or Nagaoka MP-200, but not as good as the moving coil Quintet Black, which I guess is pretty much what you’d expect given the price point and the design of the Century.
    - The bass is deeper and tighter than I expected, lots of reviews talk about the similiar 2M Bronze being a bit lean but I don’t really think that’s the case with the Century.
    - Kate Bush’s voice sounds pretty amazing with it.
    - So does Dire Straits’ Making Movies. Interestingly there’s a fair bit of sibilance in a couple spots on this record and it’s much reduced with the Century.

    Still breaking it in, but really enjoying it so far, and looking forward to trying it out on more records.
     
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  7. guy1

    guy1 Forum Resident

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    Thanks for the comments, sounds like it's perfect for me.
     
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  8. woodpigeon

    woodpigeon Forum Resident

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    Nice, let us know how you get on.
     
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  9. woodpigeon

    woodpigeon Forum Resident

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    Out of curiosity. Have any of you folks put a stylus 40 on the Concorde Century?
     
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  10. VinylLee

    VinylLee New Member

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    Hey Luicas, I have a Pioneer PLX 1000 and Ortofon Concorde DJ MK II. How do I get double gaskets? is it something buy or something available in the box?
     

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