Originally Posted by nashou66
Hog I personally have no experience with the denon but i do not like fully automatic tables as the mechanism can fail. I like the project or the Music hall models.
Not sure how much you want to spend but the sumiko pearl cartridge is
a better cartridge IMO and have since done their upgrade program from that cartridge to the blue point special and now finally the Blue point evo III over the past 4 years.
When the sound starts to loose detail I follow the upgrade path with cartridges in that line.
I listen mostly to vinyl.
Thanks much for the feedback - and good luck if you ever decide to jump the upgrade gap to the Blackbird, that's a pretty penny! What kind of upgrade program does Sumiko offer?
The reason I chose the automatic table was mostly for ease-of-use for my mom. She wears glasses (or should, she rarely does) and I figured it would be easier for her to have an auto table than to try to fumble with finding the starting point on an LP in low light or whatnot. Plus she wouldn't have to worry about moving the tonearm after the album is over - i.e. it would give her more life on her cartridge. However needledoctor.com mentions the added mechanisms required for an auto-table can potentially increase vibration and/or decrease sound quality. I guess I'll have to try to do a little more reading on reliability and impact on sound - and of course any comments here would be appreciated. Plus I could always ask my mom if she'd mind a manual vs. auto TT.
Originally Posted by Class A
First off the the stylus tips on the Red & Blue are different. The Red has a an eliptical diamond tip. It is a smaller diamond and it's adhered to a tube(or shank). The Blue is a nude eliptical which has a larger diamond and is punched through the cantilever. This allows the Blue to track better and give you less distortion at the higher frequencies. Vinyl is a physical medium in that the stylus must interact w/the record. The better your cart tracks you will get more detail from those grooves. Don't get me wrong the Red is a top notch entry level cart but the Blue will give you smoother highs better bottom end and a wider soundstage. Unlike the arguement about CD players and amps sounding the same if you did a double blind test between a Ortofon red, blue or black you would know the difference between all of them.
I did some more poking around and found some documentation from another company that explained a little of what you explained above. I certainly understand how the shape of the stylus tip can allow it to trace the groove of the record in a particular way, thus affecting the resulting sound. I really wish I could sit down and listen to different cartridges on the same system to listen to the difference for myself to see which I prefer. I'm sure I'd be far more discerning than my mom, but at this point I'm more curious than anything else.
Thanks again for the great info so far from everyone, please keep it coming! You guys have been incredibly helpful