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post #31 of 33 Old 07-31-2013, 03:43 PM
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In the original video by vwestlife he's using an AT ATP-2XN cartridge which, IMO, has too high a tracking force (3-5gm) for getting great sound quality. Typically you want something under 2gm, which the Ortofon 2M and Shure MX97e have.
That was the original cart it shipped with. Apparently (although AT's Web site doesn't reflect this) it now ships with the AT95e, which has a recommended tracking force of 1.5-2.5 g.

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Granted. What I should have said is that it is no justification for this particular mod. Any effect, assuming it's significant at all, will be a) cartridge-specific, and b) measurable. The idea that this is a mod that should be done by any owner of this turntable is poppycock. The idea that the way to judge its effect is to compare random needle drops is poppycock.

Some reasonable points there. The mod may not help everyone. It might even degrade performance in a limited number of scenarios.
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But I'd be willing to bet that the actual engineers who designed this turntable knew what they were doing

Beancounters have a tendency to override engineering, especially on budget products like the AT-LP120. Eliminating a few small components that would be needed to bypass the RIAA board will cut the build costs. By a very very small amount, of course... but "very very small amount" is still greater than zero.
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Don't buy oem-turntables, with their su'scon caps and low quality phono and line stage, and beside that ,the most common problems with oems comes because they're build too fast...so ic's don't touch their cooling blocks etc....   and the paste is very low quality...    just buy a rega with the ortofon red and a 50euro phono riaa amp.    Technics are wat too expensive for their age....

They are build nicely, but the electronics inside needs t be replaced...  caps and powerresistor especially...   Every is talking about the well build construction and tone-arm, but  a tv is worth nothing after ten years..... so why thinking that the electronics are still good...  Besides that, i see a lot of 1200 1210 with the height adjust of the tonearm stuck, just because they never been maintained ,de ballbearing in the tone are also seldom replaced, same counts for the elektromotor with the half open construction....pitchfader are used 20 years....and their mainly used for dj-ing, and often they've had 3 owners....  A rega is nice and there's nothing wrong with a belt... and why buying a dj-like turntable, when you're only going to listen.... and besides that ,a rega or pro-ject type table looks a lot better.....at least,the black ones does

 

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