Laudanum wrote:The IGD is not an uncommon complaint with the M97xe. If you are sure that your LP's are not at fault, then either alignment or the the cart, or both are the obvious causes.
I have no IGD problems with my N97xE stylus. It works perfectly regarding IGD. But then, i inspect the stylus (with a high power loupe) before buying.
I'd advise the owner to check things again. Vertical tracking force should be TWO (2) grams if the brush is going to be used, 1.5 grams if the brush is not going to be used. I'd advise not using lower tracking forces until the cartridge has broken-in.
Also, the stylus should be COMPLETELY CLEAN if you want zero IGD. Use a high power loupe to inspect it and use a STYLUS CLEANING FLUID to get it completely clean. Like the Audio-Technica stylus cleaning fluid.
And last but not least, records that have been already damaged regarding IGD will most likely still show IGD no matter what.
Now, regarding "Ortofon 2M versus Shure M97xE
", i fail to see how this could be an upgrade. Technologically they're about the same, plus i give the edge to Shure because of the viscous stabilizing brush (a GREAT thing). The only difference would be tonality but to be honest it is not worth paying $99 just for getting a different tonality and nothing else of benefit.
Idgar wrote:1. is ortofon 2M Red better than this one and has less inner groove distortion along with bright sound?
2. is ortofon 2M Red will be better with my TT?
2. No, it would be equal.