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In my opinion, no. That's too much for an old cartridge. Age does take its toll on suspensions. I would pass, personally.
I agree with that completely. I tried the Shuggie, the Sophia, the New Sensor, the EH...and I have never heard a current production 6SN7 that I thought sounded as good as a basic Sylvania 6SN7GTB.
I'm almost positive that particular Audio Technical cartridge has a replaceable stylus. That would be the easiest thing to do. They you don't need to do any alignment. If you can see the model number on the cartridge you can order a replacement stylus easily. If you cannot see the model number, call up the people at NeedleDoctor, I'm sure they can figure it out.
That's a very nice cartridge, assuming that the stylus has life left in it.
The majority were indeed fair to bad, I agree. Frankly, looked at over its entire history, Pioneer made a lot of really mediocre electronics too. As did all the majors. What's fun, for me at least, is to find the stuff they made in the vintage era that was actually good and is still worth owning today.
That Technics is a direct drive turntable, so no belt needed
Pioneer made plenty of bad speakers, sure. However, they made some excellent ones too. The whole line of HPM speakers were highly regarded - the HPM-100 was designed by Bart Locanthi after Pioneer lured him away from JBL. And the early 80's DSS series was designed and build by Pioneer's TAD high end division. The DSS-9, which I own and use daily, were a serious loudspeaker that still sound fantastic - beryllium ribbon tweeter, boron cone midrange, dual-voice-coil polymer...
If you are going to be given that Technics, you should get a replacement needle for the cartridge (try and you will be at a level on par or maybe better than an Orbit. If you like the Technics and spinning vinyl, you can eventually go for an upgrade, but you'd need to go to a higher level than any of the entry level TTs you can buy today.
Yup! The SX-1980 has a killer phono stage.Very nice, Marc!!! Congrats buddy.
Actually the Dynavector 20xH is a high output moving coil as well
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