Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, soon to be happy New Year!
Reading the music-angle article on cleaning the other day, I came across the term "vinyl angst". Good term. Between table research, cartridges, record cleaning, and table set up, it's a good description of my state of mind right now
Wondering if you guys could help on the cartridge and loading part. I'm set on the SMMC2, but have conflicting input on which loading to choose. Hoping you could shed some light on cartridge and preamp matching. There is a 100-200 pF or a 400-600pF cart. What is the relationship between the cart and pre amp load, and what are you trying to accomplish?
The way I'm looking at it the 400 cart seems right. 150pF for the phono1, 50 for the table, another 150-200 for the cables. Am I correct in this? Piere from Mapleshade heavily suggested the 400pF version, as he says it's sounds better regardless. He also suggested the higher compliance though, which is counter to most everything I've read.
So everyone here familiar with the Phono1, and Boris, what do you think? Soundsmith build each cart to order, so some of the specs can be tweaked. And I guess the pre can be tweaked also.