Audio-Technica AT-VM95ML Dual Moving Magnet Cartridge with Microlinear Nude Stylus,red
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Maybe I wrong with your measurements but AT-VM95ML on default setup with that almost perfect results looks to me prety insane.
Technica VM95ML vs. VM95SH, generically Audio Technica VM95ML vs. VM95SH, generically
OMG am I embarrassed. Many may have noticed that I trashed the sound of both files and by extension the album itself. My system may not be at the same level as most of your readers but it's honestly not that bad-plus I have the 2m Blue in my turntable. Not matter how other people have his own setup on phono preamplifier, results can show where is weak point. ARTA need a compesation to calibrate input signal as all measuring tools. Most of that independent measurements on audio cards are from sound card outputs and most of modern sound cards have prety nice flat frequency responses on its output. On ARTA handbook you can to see complete "how to" chapter with simple instruction for calibrating sound card inputs.File 2 is brighter on top listening through my Monsoon planar computer speakers. And it brings the top end notes more forward compared to the rest of the frequency spectrum. The presentation is harsher as well. File 1's presentation is not as bright, and has a more cohesive presentation.
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From what I've seen from people's comparisons between the ML and the SH its pretty much down to personal preference and system sound. The EMI regulationss is one point that most modern amps / receivers have such high capacity in the phono section. I will listen to these both without A/Bing soon, so I can get an overall sense of the performances rendered by each.I am not sure I have a favorite which is really weird because both sound so different. File 1 sounds more "audiophile" to be sure. It has more HF extension, more definition. File 2 however has a mellow (warm) sound which I could easily live with especially if I had lots of recordings that could benefit from a softer presentation. I enjoyed #1 more (the Ortofon). For me it made best of what I perceived to be somewhat harsh and overall lo fi recording. (I have no doubt that with better gear it would sound better.)