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Records for Checking VTA/SRA

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    This article appeared almost 30 years ago in TAS. Over the years, we have more tools at our disposal to align our cartridges and optimize geometry and setup. In the end, though, setup still comes down listening.

    At that time David Shreve talked about using the Nonesuch release Heliotrope for checking cartridge alignment. One record that I've found useful that flows in the same vein is the Wilson Audio recording Razzmatazz. Like Heliotrope, I like to listen for transient attack and how the whistle sounds at the end of track one. Or when the piano pops into focus like when shooting a picture with a camera.

    What are some other records that everyone uses to setup their cartridges?
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    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
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