lejonklou wrote: ↑
Calm down, Ron. Nobody's picking a fight with you, so skip the accusational tone.
What is happening is that your info is being questioned. My suggestion is that you welcome that with open arms. It's a necessity for progress.
I appreciate your concern for my mental health.
To be clear, the PDF link Spannko provided above was NOT
written by anyone from Audio Technica. The "AT" logo is used as S.E.A. is a wholesaler for Audio Technica, not a manufacturer or designer. It is quite deceptive. It is false. Fake. Made-up. Bogus.....
I believe Audio Technica has their own offices in the United States and Europe. In Malaysia, S.E.A. is a box shifter and warranty service center.
If you buy an AT-VM95ML sealed in the box and the instruction sheet from Audio Technica says it will last 1000 hours, are you going to throw the needle out after 300 hours? What about your Linn Krystal and Adikt? I'm sure you will throw those out after 1000 sides of a record played (300 hours) because Spannko linked to a PDF that says so and you must welcome "progress" with "open arms"?
Why are you insistent I welcome inaccurate fraudulent information with "open arms"? How is that "progress"? What "info is being questioned" of mine?
Regarding the "chipping away" nonsense, it is just that; nonsense
! With the millions of pages of hi-fi websites out there and the availability of cheap high-powered USB microscopes and editing software, you'd think there would be hundreds of videos out there showing this phenomenon. But there are no videos because it doesn't exist.
The later video (actually from Audio Technica) Spannko linked to is also deceptive in that the beginning of the video hints there could be damage from too light a tracking force. However, later in the video it reads, "If you set too light, the stylus can skip out of the groove on loud or dynamic musical passages.". Later it reads, "Setting it too heavy can cause excessive wear to the stylus and records". Nowhere in the video does it state low tracking force causes wear. This is also reflected in the owners manuals from which the video is based. Notice the words are "can" and "possibly" from the video. All this from Audio Technica themselves.
On the old 95 series (over a period of 35 years), AT used to recommend 2.0 grams tracking plus or minus .5 grams. Now they still recommend 2.0 grams but plus or minus .2 grams. Needle lifespan is the same. What changed? Nothing except the recommended range
. The new stylus assemblies have almost exactly the same compliance and same tips, nothing has changed that would lead to wear or damage or tracking. Most importantly, every stylus I've tried on an AT-95 or new AT-VM95 version sounds best closer to 1.5 grams.
Ron The Mon wrote: ↑
This subject topic includes all variants of the current AT-VM95 line and its' predecessors including older non-compatible Audio Technica models. Also included here will be discussions of the Linn K5, K9, and K18. Source-first discussions and phono stages relating are also welcome and expected.
I would prefer all current side discussions in this thread stay here. I find it fascinating that a little $34 cartridge can provoke so much thought and disruption.
The main person here "accepting progress with open arms" is me. The new AT-VM95 series is the very definition of progress. The many changes made to this cartridge and stylus assembly all are done to make it sound better. The majority of you reading this thread haven't heard this gem on an LP12. It is outrageously good. Not just good for the money, but good.
It is silly not to own one just as a backup. Buy the Conical version first. As you are listening, I guarantee you will not be thinking it can't track, has end of side distortion, limited frequency response, bad separation, and all the other hi-fi myths out there.
All you'll be thinking is, "Damn, this sounds good!".
Ron The Mon