THE DONUT vs THE COAT HANGER
As always a few songs before the change, and the same songs after.
My way to check for differences.
Differences? Hell yeah!!
As I said earlier I didn't understand why a different counterweight could make a difference on an arm with this type of bearing.
I cannot say I understand it now either, but at least I can hear it!
More so than I imagined.
Original donut counterweight and end stub anyone?
The first noticeable change was the bass. Tighter, more controlled and more detailed. It also brings a mean punch and all of this together gives the sound more rythmic drive. Where it used to be bloated, it now is tight and clean but not too lean.
The midrange and tweeter are more precise and focused, this both makes the sound relaxed and quiet and at the same time more detailed. The sound seems to appear from an even quieter background.
The changes in the presentation is, together with the bass, the most noticeable effect. The width, height and depth increases and most of all the stable and precise placement of elements within the soundstage is greatly improved. The soundfield stays stable even trough complex passages in the music.
Some of my records are old and have been 'touched' by a harmful stylus from old bad record players. A funny (and most welcome) effect from the new counterweight is that the wear'n'tear is still noticeable, but somehow it is not as present in the music.
These changes are in my system, with my P5 and my Ortofon Rondo Blue.
I am surprised by the changes, I did not see this coming.
Can it be that the subplatter and TT-PSU made my P5 more detailed and thus more revealing? Am I hearing the positive effect of turning the VTF-scale to 3g? Is it the effect of the center of gravity closer to the pivot point? The lower center of gravity on the counderweight?
My experience is only from changing the standard 'donut' to the Groovetracer 'coat hanger'.
No idea how it compares to the Origin Live, the Tungsten or the Michell variant.
But I am very happy with the result i hear!
Happy enough to stop upgrading my P5....? We'll see ...
Thank you for reading