lakeallen wrote:I'm on-track now. To summarize, I associated "azimuth" with a straight line direction (that’s what azimuth is in military map reading, I was in for 26 years). I was wrong. I think, and do correct me if I'm wrong, I was adjusting "zenith" i.e.: moving the cartridge aim-point inward toward the spindle. As stated, I can't adjust azimuth with my RB700 arm and thus, the Fozgometer is a useless tool for my current table/arm. If this is correct, anyone need a cheap Fozgometer
Azimuth does refer to a straight line direction, the stylus should be straight in the vertical plane. I had mine adjusted to what I thought was perfect in the reflection of a CD. I then borrowed a Fozgometer from my dealer and the nice thing about it is that it measures azimuth while the stylus is riding in the groove. I re-adjusted the cartridge based on the reading and noticed better channel seperation and more precise soundstaging, it was definitely an improvement. It also measures channel balance by using a different track on the test record, which in my case was as minimal as possible.
If I were you I would post in the Rega section or ask your dealer if there are any high quality shims (ones that will not affect the sound) that you might be able to use. Getting the azimuth correct will not change the channel balance, that can not be corrected in any way except by using tone controls. Try to get the zenith and overhang as correct as you possibly can and adjust the anti-skate to what sounds best to your ears, then test it again. The Fozgometer is not useless in your case, it will tell you how far you are off and will measure channel balance correctly. Next time you buy a cartridge you can test it and send it back for a replacement if it falls outside the range by much.