Does the cartridge really affect the sound of a turntable?

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Yes, it most certainly does. Remember that a cartridge is a transducer, just like a microphone or speaker. It's doing an incredible amount of work, converting groove modulations into movement, and then into absolutely tiny electrical signals. This requires a staggering level of precision and materials engineering and, like anything…

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What’s the best turntable?

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There is no best turntable, just the best one you can afford. All the really good machines are heavy, for various engineering reasons. Therefore, aim for something solid, well built, preferably costing over $1000AUD new if you want a good first turntable. Alternatively, you'll get better performance in almost all…

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Which is better: belt-drive or direct-drive?

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A good question, without a simple answer, despite what you might have heard. This question comes up a lot and there are many technical considerations. Technically, direct-drive has advantages, specifically in terms of torque and drive speed consistency. It's much cheaper to make a belt-drive turntable though, this is why…

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But the record store guy says belt-drives are better..?

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Of course, because that's what he has and that's what he's read or been told. Many people lacking experience with high-end turntables propagate this myth. The reality is that there are stunning belt-drive and direct-drive turntables. It's ultimately not the drive method alone that determines system performance. Unfortunately, most people…

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Do you dislike belt-drive turntables?

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No not at all, there are many epic belt drive turntables and my current working reference deck is a Luxman PD-350 belt-drive! I really enjoy the simplicity of the Rega Planar machines, I love decks like the PL-514, SL-23 and KD-2055, just to name a few. I work on a…

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What’s the better cartridge: moving magnet or moving coil?

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How much have you got to spend? If your limit is $150, moving magnet is all you've got baby! There's a bit to this but simply, almost all the best cartridges are moving coil designs. That isn't to say there aren't some fantastic moving magnet cartridges out there, especially some…

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