In an ideal World,everything would be perfect.
Truth is,that nothing is perfect.
Cartridges,Tonearms,the list goes on become all about synergy because of this..
Amplifiers are all supposed to sound the same according to the old view,
they are supposed to,but don't..Even if the specs are the same.
All speakers are coloured,as are the rooms they are in..
Engineers and producers mixed and cut vinyl so the tracks would come across better
on your favourite Rock records..Classical was messed with too..
Valves compress or soft clip rather than hard clip like transistors when mildly overloaded..
Everything is coloured and that includes before it even hits the microphone often..
You could say that the Master tape is the reference,
but even tape machines have a sound..
Then there is getting it to vinyl..
Or whatever Format.Experienced engineers knew how to mix,EQ and cut to get better bass etc..
They knew how to take advantage of the vinyl medium..
They did this by emphasising frequencies to take advantage/compensate for the weaknesses of the vinyl medium..Even the RIAA curve does that..
For some reason vinyl can often sound great at the end of all that...
After this stuff,cartridges are built to a price..
You can chase low colouration etc.
This comes at a price and often can end up being unflattering to the music you love
as it is often mixed to be flattering across as many systems as possible,
not just ultra expensive accurate ones....
I am a realist..All I can do is hope for synergy..
If we can pass on what items are synergistic on here,
that's brilliant.It saves us money and work/time..
Hopefully if the products are consistent enough,this will Help people.
Not all vinyl is perfect condition,or indeed is nasty from the start..
If I returned every non perfect new piece of vinyl,
about a third or more would go back,new stuff these days is worse..
Why I always have one turntable running with a conical..
I am being a realist..I use different stylus profiles for different vinyl..
To censor the nasties..
I think 45 RPM 7 inch singles often sound great with a Shure M44 7..Which is coloured..
It sounds like it is coming from a Juke Box almost..
it seems to work great with the 7 inch single format..
Then I think it isn't just compliance to mass when you are matching Cartridges and tonearms..You are looking for frequency balance ending up being as flat as possible,
or maybe at least sounding acceptable and making what you hear as good music..
In a perfect world this would not have to happen..
I think the best we can hope for is synergy..
Getting it as the master tape is? Well that is a difficult and expensive task..
They may market equipment that says it does that..
Marketing and Lies,same thing unfortunately..
Everything is coloured,some things less so that others..
If we can put these things together in a synergistic way..
Hopefully we get Sweet Music..
I use more advanced tips too..
3x7 ellipticals then conicals get the most use though..
Everything is a compromise and perfection is the most difficult goal in the world..
I gave up torturing myself a long time ago and accepted recorded music for what it is..
I still seem to play way more vinyl than CD or Digital Music though..
Some might say I like the colouration..
That might be true,I'm not going to beat myself up over it though..
I would rather listen to Classical Music in my own house,with no one coughing or making noise shuffling around..Or indeed not have to be scared to let a fart rip if necessary..
Sorry,I had to lower the tone as usual..
Recorded music is amazing,but different from the original thing..
Even if it is a live recording..
Everything is imperfect,we just find ways and compromises to love the people and things
around us in a way that works for us..That includes finding Cartridges and tonearms that work together etc...