I have been finding this lately on all of my older LP's from the 70's and 80's.
Records like Phil Collins, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Bryan Adams, Dire Straights, Foreigner, etc, etc, etc. On my current setup, it all lacks that punchy, deep bass and the overall dynamics. It just ins't there. It's like listening to FM vs CD. Everything just seems to be "leveled out" and the bass lean.
I know it's not the recordings as I have had these LP's for years and years, and have heard them on both my oldest brother's systems over the years as well as the various systems of my own over the years.
I know it's not the turntable or cartridge as I've had this same exact setup years ago in my past systems as well as hearing this same combo in my father's system and my brother's system(s).
I know it's not my receiver or speakers because on other sources such as TV, CD, cassette tape or Pandora, there's plenty of punch and dynamics, and these speakers are more than capable of delivering the goods when the goods are there to be had.
Speaking of cassette tapes, I can play the tapes of these same exact records on my Nakamichi RX-303 that my brother recorded on his Nakamichi Dragon back in the early to mid 80's and there's plenty of bass, impact and dynamics like there's supposed to be, yet coming straight off of the vinyl, it's just blah and boring.
Tonal-wise, everything sounds fine. The sound stage could be a little wider and deeper, but it's not too bad. Vocals, and imaging are good too.
Now on a couple of my much newer albums from Depeche Mode ('05 and '07), there's some really really deep bass and this setup has absolutely no problems what so ever reproducing them, either with the Stanton cart or the Signet. There's loads of deep, detailed bass and it easily rattles the windows and shakes the couch.
I don't know what's causing this, and it's rather upsetting. I don't think it's the ART phono preamp as everyone loves the sound of it, including myself. Heck, even on my last system using the Accuphase preamp and the Technics, Denon, Luxman AND Miracord, there was great bass punch and dynamics.
I'm at a loss here and don't know what to do. Any thoughts?