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I am debating on a new turntable but if I can;t afford to go that route I may buy a better cartridge for my NAD 533(Rega 2 Clone).
I currently have the Shure M97Xe which seems to lack sparkle -- it sounds "safe" tracks well but sounds uninvolving and I can't put my finger on what it is lacking so I just say it lacks "LIFE."
Of course it could be the entire player but before I take a huge hit dumping the player I want to try a better cartirdge.
I will likely go for the Audio Note IQ1 because it is upgradeable and If the player turns out to be the culprit then I will eventually move to the AN table(upgraded Systemdek).
But the dealer who put the Shure cart on had a whole bunch of steel contraptions and measuring devices which I do not own.
So what do I need so that I don't damage anything and get the best sound out of it. I know what I like but I grew up on CD and the NAD was/is plug and play more or less.
Also I know the cart goes with this arm. This is all a tide-me over measure -- the NAD/Shure is pleasant enough and I detect no rumbles or anything so I would presume the table is competant enough -- The Cart is pretty cheap in this industry and when one considers that a cartridge is kind of a mini cdplayer(in terms of a pick-up) and a very sensitive preamp then a $100.00 is probably pretty weak.
There are four set-up instructions in the asylum FAQ, turntable section, read all of them in case one is confusing for you. Enter the word protractor into the Vinyl forum's Text to Find box and discover several links to on-line printable tools or simply use a 6" metric scale rular allowing for the radius of the spindle.
There are a lot of things that you can do to the nad533 to improve on its decent "out of the box sound." The counter balance, the internal wiring. I have experimented with relatively inexpensive tweaks such as various leveling devices and anti-resonance devices all providing variying degrees of sonic improvement. That said none of it matters if its not properly set-up, dead level and aligned correctly. Cover those bases and you should get decent results with most any entry level cartridge i.e. blue point, ortofon, and your shure m97.
happy listening John
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