I'm new to vinyl. I'm soon to be 45 (Maybe it's 46 ) anyway my last exposure to a turntable was like 32 years ago at my parents house listening to my mom's Elvis records.
I recently bought the following setup: a Pro-ject RPM 1.3 TT with an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge (MM) and a Cambridge Audio Azur 551P Phono preamp. I nice entry level setup I think. I'm using the cable that came with the table with the ground cable needed between the TT & Phono. Initially I was using another longer cable but realize that it was not grounded properly and made a hum noise.
I'm connecting the phono out to my MAD tube amplifier and do my listening with my Beyer T1.
(Sorry for the Long intro)
Here are my questions / Concerns. I confirmed with the previous owner that the table was setup from the manufacture with the Ortofon cartridge and that he didn't change any of those settings.
I have verified the VTF (thanks to the link that Skylab posted above I can use proper terms) with the small plastic lever that ace with the TT and it was correct at 17.5mn as per the manual. I also confirmed that the HTF was set to the proper location on the Anti-skating lever weight.
Now after listening to some old albums and some new audiophile grade (180g) albums it's seems that with the new ticker vinyl the music sound a bit strange. Not as refine with an hollow sound. The voice specialy.
Maybe my expectation is higher with the new albums. They are albums that I know very well (OK Computer / Radiohead & Wish You Were Here / Pink Floyd) and they do not have the static noise of the older vinyl.
1) could it be the VTA?
2) could it be the VTF?
3) could it be the cartridge being to new (40 hours)?
4) Also can someone tell me if the Cambridge is a good match for the Ortofon?
Edited by Twinster - 6/5/12 at 6:12pm