cpd_cpd wrote:I recently upgraded the stock cart on my turntable to a Nagaoka MP-110 after reading several positive reviews. I aligned carefully using a custom arc protractor and have put ~40 hours on it.
It generally sounds nice ("warm") to my ear; however, I have noticed a significant sibilance on some records that other reviews speak about. Is this simply a characteristic of the cartridge, or are there adjustments that I can make to minimize it? It doesn't necessarily sound "bad," but it does tend to distract me on some records.
After months of fiddling I benched mine. Protractors, VTA adjustments, nothing helped. I couldn’t get rid of the sibilance or the inner groove distortion no matter what I did. I loved the sound on the outer tracks of non sibilant records but too much was just sounding bad. The crappy used AT-71E I got thrown in with the turntable exhibits way less sibilance (or none at all) on the same records and less IGD.
I’m kinda discouraged by the whole thing, to be honest.