Thanks @lewm I did read the thread (3 times). It’s a learning experience for me. If you tell me what an SUT is I could check to see if that is indeed what’s in my phono amp.
Re: my hearing: I don’t pretend to be all that discerning but I do have a genuine love for good sound and exceptional physical problems with bad sound (you could ask my wife). And very sensitive speakers that pick up flaws and nuances.
Together with the sales guy I added up the capacitance of what my my rig would be with the Hana cart including headshell, arm/wire, table, and cables and we thought we were well within tolerances.
we looked up the MC number for the 834p and it was well above recommended, but some of the fellows here indicate that they’re getting exceptionally good sound with lower resistance phono amps, so...
@big_greg, what you wrote about expectations and experience is what I’d been tending to think too in relation to this cartridge. I may also have made fortunately good pairings with previous carts. I hear a little more detail but probably not $400 a year worth. I think I posted recently (to you?) that I may just go back to an AT when it’s time.
Or I could be all wrong and have other big problems or it’s just a mismatch with my TT. I really don’t know enough to say for sure.
Still enjoying it though; Particularly on new records. It doesn’t seem to do the magic on the old ones that I keep reading about.