Stupid question time, I've only recently gotten back into vinyl in the last 12months after my daughter out of the blue bought me for fathersday a beautiful CEC BA600. It came with a box of old LP's, which all got playtime! Since then Ive aquired what I think to my ears, a fairly reasonable set-up. Nothing to extravagant, An NAD 3220PE Amplifier, Wharfedale Diamond 220 Boolshelf, Audio Technica AT-LP120 with a Ortofon 2m RED Cartridge running the onboard pre-amp to compare my Hitachi PS-38 in as close to mint as ive seen for a 1979 TT. It was my Parents back in the day. During various listening sessions over the past few months, fiddling as we do, swapping carts on different TT's, I also own a NAD 5220 Belt driven TT running a AT 95ex Cart, the question is this finally. Rumble, surface noise in general, how much is acceptable? This alone is quite ambiguous I know, but I know that its not going to be absolute silence between tracks, but even after dropping the needle for the first time on the LP120, i was thinking that i should be quieter that the older TT's? I clean my LP's using mainly the Spin Clean system, DIY Vacuum set-up. Anti statis brush before each play for good measure. Not pops or clicks are not really evident on most of my LP's but surface noise enough to bother me. Are my expectations too much? Im becoming slightly OCD to the cleanliness of room, equipment and LP's!!
Can my NAD amp be adding noise?? If I swap the AT 120 LP to Phono and use the NAD phono its just as noisy. I whatch alot of videos on the internet of people playing LP's on some expensive and not so expensive equipment, and they all seem to be alot quieter. Im not saying it obtrusive to the overall sound, but in quiet passages its there!!
How much is to much??? Or am I worried about nothing and its part of the experience??