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RE: Cartridge, Headshell, Tonearm Match

I agree! Normally 8-Hz is considered the lowest desirable arm/cartridge resonance frequency. However, it also depends on other aspects such as the amount of cantilever damping and also the amount of tonearm damping. For example, my AT-ART7 cartridge exhibits an arm/cartridge resonance frequency in the neighborhood of 6.5 to 7-Hz in my SME V yet it plays well and sounds exceptionally nice on my Sota Millennia turntable, which incorporates a vacuum platter.

I would prefer its resonance frequency to be 10-Hz, but Audio Technica apparently raised compliance without notification. The ART7 is specified to have dynamic compliance of 10 x 10-6 cm/dyne and the ART9 is specified at 18 x 10-6 cm/dyne, but Audio Technica seems to have made them both with the same high-compliance.

I just feel fortunate that my ART7 still works well and sounds good with such a low arm/cartridge resonance frequency. I think it might sound better with lower compliance, but such is life! It still sound better than my Denon DL-S1, which exhibits an arm/cartridge resonance frequency of about 8.6-Hz.

Best regards,
John Elison

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