Marantz PM14s1se Phono Stage

bigfish786

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Luckily for me, after changing jobs I’ve now got much more free time and I’m using it wisely listening to music and reading .
I am finding myself using the CD player and turntable quite a lot, and in recent weeks seem to have a strange sensation that the inbuilt phono stage is just not performing consistently. Some days I seem to have a recessed sound, rolled off treble. Muddy midrange and low plodding bass. Then other days it’s really bright and engaging.
Seems quite strange. Not sure if it’s vinyl specific, or is just needing time to warm up, or something else?
Got me puzzled.
This evening, I listened to several CDs then put a record on, it didn’t have the dynamics of cd and sounded quite flat, I put another album on, and that was the same, then part way through the second track you could tell something had changed, it was gradual, but by the third track all the dynamic range was there!
 
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Haven't you just fitted a new cart/stylus, bigfish?
 

bigfish786

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I aligned the cartridge (a bit better) and seem to have hit the sweet spot, so I’m leaving it alone now 🤣
When I first installed the cart, I was intending to take it back off, as it was just a test to see if it worked. Silly me.
Probably explains why I’ve experienced it before too.
 

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