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Old 11-24-2017, 03:05 PM
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Something to consider SL. Your issue sounds more like overload of the phono. The Mac phonos don't handle loud passages well with medium output MC carts. Correct me if I'm wrong but yours looks to be 0.8mV. Need to plan on a preamp that can handle 10x this for any cart which would be 8mV for you. Your Mac phono tops out at 5mV so you will get distortion on ceartain loud passages.



I have a similar problem with Mac phono and a Blackbird cart (0.7mV).


Well I wonít be able to test that. My VAS cartridge got trashed but the new models Iím looking into have a output around .5mv so maybe one of those will be better.
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Old thread...but I am catching up. What I have noticed lately in the Jazz albums I purchase are scratch or crunch like sounds that cover a song or two on one side. Most annoying though are albums that are either stamped off centre, or the centre hole is out...resulting in the tonearm moving back and forth with audible wow. Becoming rather common...to the point where I have been doing more CD and High Rez downloads lately.
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Yeah ... Iíve pretty much limited buying new to sources Iím familiar with and used records from ages ago. Very disappointing to say the least. Hopefully this will get corrected as some point but in the mean time letís look at the bright side ... we have plenty of wall art!

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I typically don't buy any pressing until I have first read some reviews on discogs or stevehoffman. There are only a handful of labels that have earned my trust with consistent quality.
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I typically don't buy any pressing until I have first read some reviews on discogs or stevehoffman. There are only a handful of labels that have earned my trust with consistent quality.
The problem though is that it happens with many quality labels. ECM forJazz has even had the odd issue. Makes purchases feel risky
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Well ... opened up and played the new Mark Knopfler album today. Was relieved to find a very quiet pressing.

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The problem though is that it happens with many quality labels. ECM forJazz has even had the odd issue. Makes purchases feel risky
Ya, it's true. Even the best labels can have the occasional issue. Unless it is a limited edition that will sell out quickly, I like to wait for reviews even with the best labels. Amazon is awesome when it come to exchanges. It is a bit trickier when I import something directly from Europe and I get a flawed pressing...
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Over the last couple of years I've pretty much limited my vinyl purchases to labels like MOFI, Analogue Productions, Classic Records, Speakers Corner, etc. I've had pretty good success with them.

The thing about Amazon, while they have a fantastic exchange policy, is that they don't usually provide too much info on label and pressing. I've had to do my homework with them on that.
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I typically don't buy any pressing until I have first read some reviews on discogs or stevehoffman. There are only a handful of labels that have earned my trust with consistent quality.
Definitely have to do your homework, although Iíve also had issues with a few of the more respected pressing plants as well ... I guess itís a demand vs availability issue more than anything else.
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Well I wonít be able to test that. My VAS cartridge got trashed but the new models Iím looking into have a output around .5mv so maybe one of those will be better.
How'd your new cartridge do?
I was looking at a Mc MT5 turntable, and I heard so much distortion in a certain a cappella record the store uses to demo tables and it turned me off of the turntable altogether.
The store didn't have a dedicated Mc Phono preamp.
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