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New needle and/or cartridge for Technics SL-BD22D
post Jan 25 2011, 21:10
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We have a Technics SL-BD22D turntable, originally manufactured in 1998 and still with its original Technics P34 needle and cartridge (T4P standard).
I'd like to replace the needle and/or cartridge. The deck is factory adjusted for tracking force and anti-skating of 1.25

Which new needle and/or cartridge would be most suitable?


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post Jan 25 2011, 21:22
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I bought an AT-92ECD cartridge from RadioShack. It was $30 and I was happy with it. I only replaced the factory one because the elastic parts in the stylus died, literally, it fell apart. Definitely get the tracking force at least checked with a different cartridge. The AT-92ECD was barely better than the factory cartridge, and any betterness could be attributed to the age of the old one and it almost falling apart, plus just a different sound being a different product. One thing I noticed with this turntable is with newer records you will get horrible distortion whenever a microphone-kissing artist makes a hard sound like S, F, or T. I have no idea if this is all due to the turntable, the cartridge, or the records themselves, as I don't have a different set up to compare with, but I'm sure if it was generally records then people really would have given up on them more so than they already have.
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