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In Reply to: RE: You've only given us half the relevant data, unless... posted by flood2 on April 19, 2017 at 18:15:35
in fact my experience with my Urushi is consistent with what you say, assuming that at about 90 degrees azimuth the tip of the Urushi stylus is perpendicular to the groove. It almost certainly is more nearly perpendicular than it was when I aligned for electrical perfection. This was using a Triplanar, so azimuth was easily adjusted and was no factor in my results.
However, by your preferred method, the only way to align for azimuth with real accuracy is using a microscope/camera capable of imaging the stylus tip in the groove. Yes?
Evidently, the OP aligned for EQUAL amounts of crosstalk in each channel, which I assume is why he reported only one value (-30db). There is another school of thought that says to align for lowest amount of crosstalk, regardless of whether the values for each channel are equal (usually they are not, when you adjust for lowest amount). I have sometimes found that adjusting for lowest crosstalk but not necessarily equal crosstalk results in less deviation from the 90 degree ideal.
Yes! I do indeed use a USB microscope with a mirror, then scrutinize the still photo to refine the azimuth of the tip.
I appreciate that not everyone will have the tools at hand to use this method. However, the cost of very adequate USB microscopes is such that they are within easy reach of all but the most impecunious of audiophiles!
I definitely don't go for the "equal crosstalk" method as the channel imbalance and frequency response anomalies that affect nearly all cartridges to a greater or lesser extent will mean that one rarely gets "all of the stars in perfect alignment" as it were!
The reason for my rejection of the "equal crosstalk method" is that I have styli where the tip happens to be "perfect" in terms of perpendicularity with respect to the body and the channel separation was anything BUT equal which I put down to coil variances. If one went for equal crosstalk, one would actually introduce a significant tip alignment error and drop the crosstalk to a lower value. I did many experiments to prove to myself that the tip itself was the important parameter. Peter Ledermann stressed this in relation to the OLC tip which I had put on a Denon DL160 - Having seen the shape under a microscope, it is evident that it wouldn't tolerate much alignment error before it was no longer sitting in the groove sensibly!
"Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty.." Keats
I don't go for equal crosstalk, either. For one thing, the best you can do is equalize crosstalk at the one test frequency, usually 1kHz. That doesn't mean you've achieved equality at other frequencies. I've never seen or played with the Foz, but I get the impression that it is designed to get the user to equalize crosstalk, but I certainly may be mistaken.
I agree with you on the importance of "tip alignment", but I would have guessed, and I always thought, that the reason most/many cartridges don't achieve optimal crosstalk numbers when the cantilever is perpendicular to the LP surface is due to off-axis orientation of the generator (coils and/or magnets) up inside the cartridge body. Which we cannot usually visualize directly.
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