Taming cartridge brightness

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by davey_d, May 17, 2023.

  1. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic

    Huge differences and not a single needledrop in sight, seems legit. Must be the bigfoot of HiFi.
  2. Phil Thien

    Phil Thien Forum Resident

    Milwaukee, WI
    I don't know how adjustments to VTA can yield such huge changes when the effective VTA changes album-to-album (due to cutterhead grind and alignment), with album thickness, and while riding over warps.

    You'd think if VTA were so monumentally impactful, listening to albums would be impossible due to the variability in the medium itself.

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  3. psulioninks

    psulioninks Forum Resident

    KC Chiefs Kingdom
    @davey_d How many hours are on your cartridge?
  4. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Personal Survival Daily Record-Breaker

    You obviously have trouble reading. Don't argue and stop being lazy. Do it yourself - unless you're deaf, it should be clear as the difference between blue and black... or are you allergic to firsthand experience? :rolleyes:

    I know you can't help yourself and need the last word. Prove me wrong, for once.
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  5. patient_ot

    patient_ot Senior Member

    Better than nothing but not ideal for testing FR.
  6. psulioninks

    psulioninks Forum Resident

    KC Chiefs Kingdom
    Also, what gain setting are you using?
  7. skippy

    skippy knew it all, when younger

    Hilton Head, SC
    At least for some Audio Technica cartridges, 220pF is already more than works best for me.
  8. chris geary

    chris geary Forum Resident

    Hopewell NJ, USA
    Yes, this has been my experience as well, with dozens of turntables and cartridges. Hence my original comment.
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  9. Joshua Tree

    Joshua Tree Forum Resident

    Hamburg, Germany
    Try to put a little bit more weight on the tonearm, just a little bit and see if that might help. I see the phono stage as the weak link in your system btw, it‘s not better than the one in the Marantz.
  10. bluemooze

    bluemooze Senior Member

    Frenchtown NJ USA
    What shape are your records in? :)
  11. Tony Rees

    Tony Rees Forum Resident

    Do you have a mate nearby you could swap TT / cart with for a quick try out?

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