Shure V15 Type-3 needle having issues with EQ Spectrum analyzer

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BenRothman01
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Shure V15 Type-3 needle having issues with EQ Spectrum analyzer

Post by BenRothman01 » 16 May 2019 17:07

Hello everyone I have a dual 1229Q with a Shure V15 Type-3 cartridge. I also have a AudioSource series 8 graphich equalizer that has a graphic analyzer on it (I will attach pictures of what the EQ and the analyzer look like) Last night When playing a record I noticed that the spectrum analyzer was barely lighting up, the record still sounded fine. When I switched to other inputs such as a cd player and the radio, the spectrum analyzer was lighting up as it should be. I did notice that the needle was bent and I could notice a crease in the canteliver where it was bent. I made sure the needle was pushed into the cartride all the way as I have had an issue before where the needle was not pushed in all the way, and because of that the spectrum analyzer was not lighting up properly. When I took the needle out of cartridge the canteliever simply fell out. I tried putting it back in and now records sounds like crap. I ordered a new Jico needle and it will be coming later today. I just want to make sure that the reason the graphic equalizer was not lighting up properly was because of the needle. The needle had been slightly bent for a while, but still sounded great and the spectrum analyzer lit up normally. I'm guessing that over time the bend got worse and worse. I used my turntable two days ago and everything was fine with the spectrum analyzer. Would this be normal that the spectrum analyzer would be barely lighting up because of the bent needle? I'm going to attach some images of what the eq I have looks like with the spectrum analyzer all lit up from the interent. What i'm wondering is that was my needle at fault or is it my cartridge?





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(Whole EQ)

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Re: Shure V15 Type-3 needle having issues with EQ Spectrum analyzer

Post by JoeE SP9 » 16 May 2019 17:53

IME phono cartridges and the associated phono preamp have a lower output level than just about any other source.

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Re: Shure V15 Type-3 needle having issues with EQ Spectrum analyzer

Post by BenRothman01 » 16 May 2019 18:49

JoeE SP9 wrote:
16 May 2019 17:53
IME phono cartridges and the associated phono preamp have a lower output level than just about any other source.
Thanks for the reply! I never knew that. What I find odd is that it just started barley showing up on the eq. It worked normally for a while. Could it be because of the damaged needle I described in my original post?

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Re: Shure V15 Type-3 needle having issues with EQ Spectrum analyzer

Post by JoeE SP9 » 17 May 2019 18:54

Damaging the stylus could have an effect. Check LP Gear or Turntable Needles for a replacement. I highly recommend Jico. A Jico SAS is on my V-15IV.

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Re: Shure V15 Type-3 needle having issues with EQ Spectrum analyzer

Post by tep392 » 17 May 2019 21:41

I second the Jico's. I've purchased two Jicos recently, one for a Kenwood V68 and one for a Shure M91ED. They both work perfectly. The EVG and Pfansthiel replacements I've purchased for ADC carts were not identical to the originals and didn't perform well.

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