You're using a Numark USB turntable. There's a limit to the quality of signal you can get from it.
Hi Knowsy, I believe that you're the guy whom wrote the excellent website, explaining and comparing turntables, Knowsy.com. What a surprise! Glad to meet you.
Whether or not I have a problem with the budget, the point is it appears that purchasing the test record isn't all that is required to complete calibration of the turntable...Can I conduct the tests without purchasing instruments?
A better cartridge will result in the big improvement in sound quality you are seeking- more than any other turntable component and certainly more than any fine-tuning of the adjustments.
I would say the average turntable buyer, particularly in this price range...
... follows the counterbalance method described by DVDdoug, then the "easy" anti-skate method described Axon and nothing more. The next adjustment seems to be alignment and, from what I hear, it's a project that takes commitment.
My point is that all this calibrating beyond the basic two steps won't buy you what a $40 to $100 cartridge will.
I respectfully disagree. Some cheap turntables have poor pickup arm bearings that mean no cartridge will be able to work at its best...I seriously doubt that anything better than a fairly entry-level moving magnet would be justified on a typical USB turntable.
If by "alignment" you're referring to mounting the cartridge correctly in the headshell...
To align the cartridge correctly requires the use of a simple protractor. (You can download one here)... It's not difficult to get it right, so it's worth taking the trouble.
What I think I am going to do is get the free CX-1 cartridge, with rebate, from Numark. The ad said it is a $119 value...If I don't get it, then I guess I'll check out the one you suggested, the Shure M97xE.
How can they they even market DJ stuff in the same line as quality audio? Thats idiocy, scratching records.
If a friend has a "miniamplifier" for earphones, you may try it how it sounds (just a silly idea, maybe, because I've never tried it).
iii. Digitalization software. In your PC / MAC. I only know the Roxyo one issued for MAC, which is very good. There are a lot more solutions in the market. Just google.
This Numark is belt driven, whereas djs prefer direct drives. On some websites, belt driven is preferred by people recording the music because it is said to minimize transmission of noise from the motor.
However, on this Numark, it is more of a large rubberband than a "belt." If anybody has seen how rubberbands melt when fastened to something over time, this rubberband belt is going to deteriorate, changing the turntable speed. A "belt" should have been something like the belt in an automobile radiator fan with cloth or fiber woven into it, and wrapped around a smaller disk or gear whereas this Numark band is wrapped around the outer edge of the platter.
- CDs from music produced in contempory digital studios may be high quality, but I have found some CDs from old analogue music have been very poor quality.
Hey, I am not about to buy another turntable.
I wouldn't conclude that this Numark TTUSB is a dj turntable, simply because the company had produced a dj cartridge for it.
I had used an analogue turntable - a Kenwood .... I have that turntable packed away on the shelf, in a box.
The Knowzy website shows that this turntable is for digital conversion, rather than for DJ.
Hey, I am not about to buy another turntable...I got screwed, but please don't rub it in.
I had used an analogue turntable - a Kenwood
Kenwood equipment was known as "Trio" here in the UK back in the 1970s and 1980s, and I seem to recall their stuff was actually pretty good.
I believe that a new cartridge for the Numark may not be enough, as the tonearm has limited adjustment - only sliding the counterweight back and forth with fingers, although DVDdoug, or others here had spoken of adjustments with the tonearm as it is.
Reading from the front and back of the turntable:Kenwood Automatic Turntable KD-291R...The preamp that I bought for it:Recoton Stereo Pre-Amplifier Model SP-2
I'm starting to root for the Numark again.
Haven't yet found the online specs for the Numark; nothing at their sales website that shows the cartridge specs.
Note that the Numark has an aluminum platter.