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Vinyl Addicts Home. Awesome Collectibles Home Page. Microscopic photo of vinyl record grooves. Microscopic photo of vinyl record grooves. Advanced Stylus Shapes: Pics, discussion, patents. Now, on to the comparisons!

Advanced Stylus Shapes: Pics, discussion, patents.

One of the benefits of the advanced shapes is to increase the contact radius. In theory the worst shape (the spherical) contacts the vinyl wall at an infinitesimal dot. So the contact area is (in theory), ZERO. But, of course, vinyl deformates, so a practical contact area will be established, and it will have to be estimated for the spherical. Seems Namiki did an estimation of the contact areas. Note that "Line contact" here is actually the Shibata. Another comparison of contact surfaces plus dimension data, this time from Audio Technica. Here for example you can see why a line contact shape is beneficial: The best high frequency readout will be obtained with a 0.2mil side radius (or smaller!).

Note that the last row (L1/L2 or "F") tells you how "tall" is the side contact, the taller the better since it means big contact area but with small side radius. Also note something more interesting. Now, a footprint comparison from the JICO SAS flyer. Micrographia: Applications: The microscopy of vinyl records. Page 3. Audiokarma Home Audio Stereo Discussion Forums. The Cartridge Mount Each potential microscope user could have one of several different cartridge examination possibilities.

Audiokarma Home Audio Stereo Discussion Forums

In the photographs that follow this article, I have shown a very simple case. It is a bare cartridge sitting on the stage. This is one possibility but does not represent the average case. For the microscope to be easy to use, the cartridge tone arm alignment should not be disturbed during examination. For example, most of us have tone arms that have removable head shells. Vinyl Engine - The Home of the Turntable.

Vinyl Treasure – Classic Vinyl Records. The Best Turntables Under $500 « We are often asked the question, “I’m just getting into vinyl, what turntable should I get?”

The Best Turntables Under $500 «

The good news is that there are a multitude of companies today turning out excellent beginner, audiophile-quality turntables that won’t break the bank. Of course you can pick up a lot of great vintage turntables as well, but there’s a certain piece of mind that comes with buying new, thus the list below. Below are 5 turntables that we recommend for the vinyl enthusiast, any of which would be a very solid foundation to one’s hi-fi system. Each of them feature high-quality materials, solid tonearms & cartridges and the majority offer a wide range of upgrades should you want to pimp your ride.

NOTE: Something to consider is that none of these have built-in phono preamps so you will need to buy one separately. The list…. Pro-Ject Essential II $299 To this end, the Essential II is simple but effective. U-Turn Audio Orbit Plus ($299) Denon DP-300F $329 Much of this seems to be down to the arm. Comments. Home recipe for record cleaning. The record cleaning mix muddle Tired of paying £20 for a litre for record cleaning fluid for your Moth, VPI or other vacuum machine and waiting weeks for the postman to call each time you run out?

Home recipe for record cleaning

In a recent conversation with the manufacturer of one machine, a Director confided “I don’t know why people just don’t make their own, it’s very simple, but as long as they want to pay me for it, I’ll make it”. My recipe works out a third of the cost and is based on a commercial formula. It is intended for use with a record cleaning machine which vacuums off the fluid, and not with drying by evaporation, or secondary rinsing.

Let Me Google That For You A quick internet search on how to make record cleaner fluid will give you assorted home-made recipes and much poor quality advice – superstition, myth, contradictory claims, and in some cases, dangerous advice, however well-intentioned. Recipe for confusion I caution against home brew concoctions. Water source Alcohol dilution rate 1. 2. How To Clean Vinyl Records. Cleaning vinyl records and keeping them dust free is a major factor in preserving them and keeping their perfect sound quality for longer.

How To Clean Vinyl Records

The crackling noise and pops that you experience with many of the records is the result of dust settled and accumulated in the grooves of the vinyl over a long period of time. Also, the friction and heat created by the stylus hitting dust particles as it rides between the grooves, create some kind of mini explosion that can blast holes in the grove walls of the record.

Even new records come coated in some sort of mold release compound that should be cleaned off before the first play to bring out the best quality of sound from your vinyl. It has been shown that playing dirty records can cause permanent damage, not only to the vinyl itself but also to your stylus. This, in time, will lead to other unneeded expenses in your vinyl collecting venture. Howto balance a tonearm. Correct stylus tracking force is critical. How to set up your Turntable's Tonearm - weight and antiskate.