Hi, just bought a 2nd hand PF800 from a YAMAHA distributer. NZD 430 for the TT with high output MC705 attached and another new MC705 in box. Someone on the forum told me the MC705 high output is actually a Audio Technica AT3200 OEM.
The TT is generally in very good condition. All the function works including auto arm lift, the arm doesn't come back which is simple and good. The 3 point suspension is so cool, the platter is perfectly flat, speed is accurate and stable to my eyes, arm seems to be ok as well, the adjustments works, moves smooth. The belt seems a bit loose by my guess, but it does the job. I'm ordering a replacement anyway. But I'm new to vinyl anyway, could be something I don't know.
Well, I replaced the fitted stylus with the new one. Yes you are right I didn't uninstalled the already fitted cart, just put the new stylus from the new cart to the fitted cart. Because I don't have right tool to alignment a new installed cart yet.
Then set weight, down force, bias, all smooth. Connect to amp, no obvious hum which is good. BUT THE PROBLEM IS IT SOUNDS SO DULL!
It's not what I've hoped at all. Any of my CDP or apple airplay can easy over perform the TT by HUGE amount. I suppose there is no obvious distortion, but it just doesn't sound right. By the way, I have to turn the volume control way up to get a proper volume, and there is so little dynamic.
My setup is Naim Nait5i+Wharfedale Opus1, they normally sound very vividly and lively. Since Nait 5i doesn't have a phono stage, I'm using a TEAC A-H500 as MM phono stage and feed Naim through the tape out. The TEAC is a Reference 500 series which is superb when listening to CD, not far behind NAIM at all!! But is it could be the built in phono stage is that crap?! Please I need help.