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The Importance of Anti-skate, Do decks without it skew left?
Knowzy
post Oct 1 2008, 22:49
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In our last conversation, we came up with three increasingly strignent criterium for selecting a decent USB turntable:
  1. Ceramic cartridge never!
  2. Anti-skate
  3. Direct drive (remember, these are sub-$1,000 turntables)
I'm having particular trouble explaining the anti-skate requirement.

Here's what I'm hoping HA can answer:
  • Do turntables without anti-skate, such as the Audio-Technica LP2D-USB, truly have no compensation and ride the inner groove like a surfer catching a wave?
  • Someone at the Vinyl Engine suggested that the weight of the "high mass" tonearms found on such TT's essentially force the stylus into the middle of the groove. Thoughts on this?
I need some compelling reasons to choose a deck with anti-skate, especially for people who don't plan on replacing the cart.

There's already a good reason to choose a TT without anti-skate: Newbies don't need to learn how to balance their tonearm.

Thanks!
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Axon
post Oct 2 2008, 17:25
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So, I haven't had a whole lot of experience in the low end market, but I can tell you that the MMF5 I own is a complete toy when it comes to wow and flutter. I think there was about 20% odds of hearing it with any solo piano work I played on it. And if a $600 belt drive can't get it right, then......

So all I'm saying is, the situations could be more complicated. Obviously belt drives as a rule are cheaper to manufacture than direct drives. But direct drives also have negative feedback (typically) and belt drives don't (maybe at the $1000 range but certainly not here).

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WmAx
post Oct 2 2008, 17:55
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QUOTE (Axon @ Oct 2 2008, 12:25) *
So, I haven't had a whole lot of experience in the low end market, but I can tell you that the MMF5 I own is a complete toy when it comes to wow and flutter. I think there was about 20% odds of hearing it with any solo piano work I played on it. And if a $600 belt drive can't get it right, then......

So all I'm saying is, the situations could be more complicated. Obviously belt drives as a rule are cheaper to manufacture than direct drives. But direct drives also have negative feedback (typically) and belt drives don't (maybe at the $1000 range but certainly not here).


Time to sell that MM and get a SL-1200mkII w/arm upgrade. smile.gif

Personally, I do use a belt drive, and it's speed is rock steady with no audible fluctuation, but it's one near the $2k mark, and I have measured it myself to verify the speed stability. Though, it's still not quite as good in speed stability as a Technics SL1200MKII. smile.gif But I also have a superb tone arm. I was originally going to end up buying a SL1200MKII, but I must admit, the physical beauty(Marantz TT-15SI made and engineered by Clearaudio in Germany) combined with the superlative engineering on the one I purchased won me out and made me waste money.

-Chris

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- Knowzy   The Importance of Anti-skate   Oct 1 2008, 22:49
- - Axon   QUOTE (Knowzy @ Oct 1 2008, 16:49) Here...   Oct 1 2008, 23:12
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- - Axon   So, I haven't had a whole lot of experience in...   Oct 2 2008, 17:25
|- - WmAx   QUOTE (Axon @ Oct 2 2008, 12:25) So, I ha...   Oct 2 2008, 17:55
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