Nitrofunk wrote:How does a typical "heavy arm with a low compilance system"-setup (e.g. the SME 3012 with a Denon DL103) in comparison to a mediumweight-arm with a high-compilance-system (such as the Goldring Elite with the Jelco SA250)?
Things have to be matched properly to play their best, be it a cheap Denon, a Goldring or a top Koetsu cart. That's the way they were designed for. Nothing too "typical", I'm afraid.
That said, you may prefer the sound of one of the combo's over the other, but not because of the weight/compliance and other numbers, but because of the sound they yield in your system according to your sonic preferences and the other elements in the chain.
Generally speaking, a heavy arm will limit your cart choice more, though there's a great deal of lovely LOMC's to choose from, for instance, so not really an issue either, IMHO.
You could look at it this way Have you got a favourite cart? One you really wanna get? Then pick a matching arm accordingly. Maybe you already have a dream arm you wanna keep. Then... and so on
PS. Great set-up, analogous