So I finally broke down and took the plunge into vinyl with an Audio-Technica AT-PL120 turntable. So far the results have been somewhat mixed. Certain albums have really been brought to life, like Band of Horses' "Everything All the Time" and Panda Bear's "Person Pitch", but for some reason the system isn't imaging properly. Instead of voices coming from the middle of the soundstage, they are right-heavy. Anyone know why that is? My first guess would be the cartirdge, but what the hell do I know?
Second, I'm thinking about upgrading the cartridge. Would it be worth it to buy a sub-$100 cartridge? Amazon has the Shure M97xE for $61.99 (with lots of positive reviews) but how much of a difference would it make? What about the Audio-Technica AT440MLa at $169.99?
Last, this turntable has a phono and line out. I'm using the phono because my Onkyo SR805 receiver has a phono stage. Unfortunately that means I have to turn the volume up to +0.0 dB to get a decent level of volume and I really can't crank it. Is there any disadvantage to going with the line out? Will I be able to lower the volume on the receiver and still get it to play loud?