Originally posted by Mac Hmmm, I was lead to believe Shure cartridges & stylus's were one of the best to get, and they boast spherical needles...
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A spherical stylus is the cheapest and the worst. It is used for back-cueing (playing backwards, when the DJ is searching the right point from which starting).
Originally posted by Mac I'd prefer to think the other peoples opinions, spherical dont read so deep into the vinyl, which would be why my scratch cartridge has one, because one of its design features is to keep record wear minimal
Originally posted by Mac Also, I'm pretty sure when you produce vinyls you press them from a master, unless you're using one of the nastily expensive decks which record!
I hear a certain graininess when she sings the word "in" (the night...) with both samples (more pronounced a little with the second). I wonder if this is an MP3 artifact, a recording/mixing artifact, or distortion from the record.
Overall I like the sound of the second sample better (P), but I didn't ABX. The differences are not huge though.
P.S. compared to some of the crappy vinyl I've gotten on Ebay (Moog synthesizer records, not much attention is usually paid to SQ as far as the original recording, bah), this sounded pretty good.
I think that stylus treatment during manufacturing is an important parameter ... not every consumer manufacturer (especially in today's digital times) will e.g. polish their styli in the same quality.
AT says its geometry is "BiRadial" ... whatever that is.
Wait until I get home and record this Kraftwerk Maxi-45 RPM ! There the quality difference between styli should be clear.
By the way, I've got samples before/after cleaning stylus with the Stanton Stylus Cleaning Kit (with a special liquid). The sound difference is bigger... but lasts only for several minutes of playback !
I'm not currently equipped to decode FLAC files, but could download a decoder.
I think that stylus treatment during manufacturing is an important parameter ... not every consumer manufacturer (especially in today's digital times) will e.g. polish their styli in the same quality. I bought myself an Audio Technica AT120E 3 months ago and I am totally content with its sound quality (after it took me quiet a while to adjust its azimuth) ... AT says its geometry is "BiRadial" ... whatever that is.
You should have posted them in blind ! I think I would have recognized the Stanton sound at once Same as with the trackmaster : smooth sound and enhanced stereo, less treble than many other catridges (Denon, Grado, Audio Technica).I prefer it over the Sure, though I wonder if it's not a bit artificial.
I think the Stanton sound is a bit artificial, but pleasant to my ears. Maybe a good cartridge for amplified music, but I'd probably choose something else for classical, acoustic music, etc.
Edit -- The Shure isn't broken in yet, it might sound better after some hours of playing time (hard to say, it's the cheapest model).