I'm loving the Blue so far compared to the Red, but there's no doubt it does have a digital sound like gingersnaps alluded to. I do love the digital sound but from the TT I would like something different, hopefully the AM will provide that. Despite that I'm currently the happiest I have been with the sound coming from the TT so all is wellI'll be interested to hear what you think of the two cartridges. I think you will find the AT more to your liking.
On the Nagoaka MP200 that was mentioned: it may be 'just' an elliptical stylus but they sound sweet. Plus, elliptical means they are a littlle more tolerant with setup. Generally, the finer the type of stylus, the harder they are to setup correctly.
Excellent!I had planned to leave the 2M Blue on for a couple of weeks before setting up the VM95ML but being the impatient fecker that I am I installed the VM95ML yesterday morning.
Now this is how I imagined vinyl would sound when I decided to get back into it. I say imagined because I have no point of reference, I only know one person with a decent system and he doesn’t have a turntable and back when I had records they were played on a Technics mini system.
The details is superb but there’s now more depth to the sound, the instrument separation is better as is the sound stage. Over the moon with the VM95ML, I think it’s achieved the sound I wanted, the warm side of neutral.
I still think the 2M Blue is a decent cart and I’ll be keeping it as a spare but the 2M Red stylus will not be seeing the light of day on my TT again. Not that it’s utterly terrible but it’s just been trounced by both the 2M Blue and the VM95ML.
so glad I bought the version with the headshell as set-up was easy. It came at 52mm so need to even loosen a screw.
That's a good idea, my only concern is that it requires effort, re-aligning, etc (which I might add is nowhere near as scary as I thought once you have done it a few times)Just one thought on the 2M Red... use it for first play of any second hand records you might buy? I use my old OM10 stylus for that, and it's saved me from a few heart-stopping clicks and thumps that I'd have hated to play with a more expensive stylus.
Nah, as long as the two carts are aligned the same in their headshells, all you need to do is swap them over and change the tracking force. (And swapping 2M stylus is the same - they're both aligned the same with respect to the cart).That's a good idea, my only concern is that it requires effort, re-aligning, etc (which I might add is nowhere near as scary as I thought once you have done it a few times)
The IGD on the Red is really bad, better on the Blue, pretty much gone on the VM95ML.Great result. Enjoy!
I have to admit I’ve never been a fan of the Red after receiving one with my 1210mk2 when I got back into vinyl about 8 years or so ago. I found it generally underwhelming and it suffered from terrible IGD no matter what I did with set-up. I simply cannot fathom why they don’t supply the 1500C with a better cartridge.