Originally Posted by M0T0XGUY
Any recommendations on a cheap cartridge that will specifically eliminate inner-groove distortion? E.g., not one that will necessarily sound as nice as, say, that Grado Sonata, but that which will at least play a record near-distortion free?
You will probably find that with a better alignment (better method, or doing what you have now correctly - they dont always) your tracking error will go away.
Which turntable do you have? And more importantly, which tonearm do you have? What is the effective mass?
If you think it will match up well the Denon DL-103 is quite nice for low inner grove distortion. There are a few calculators online to guess. Use a compliance of about 11-12, 5-6 is the dynamic compliance.
Originally Posted by Lazarus Short
There are ways to align the cartridge to minimize inner-groove distortion, but that would require an alignment protractor. They can be downloaded at the vinyl engine, and you'll want to download one which aligns the cartridge parallel to the groove in that area of the LP.
The best solution is to buy yourself a good linear-tracking turntable.
He wants a "Stevenson" protractor. he can download several from Vinylengine.
RE linear trackers: Is bearing play worse than tracking error? Get a 12" pivoted tonearm if you want to kill tracking error. SME3012s2 with a DL103 is awesometoast. Or the same cartridge on the Schick tonearm.
Edited by nikongod - 12/20/11 at 8:09am