Grounding issue or failing cartridge?
About 6 months ago I switched from a Grado Ref Platinum cartridge to a Shure V15VxMR. Everything was great for many months. Several weeks ago, the soundstage shifted dramatically to the left. Upon closer inspection at the speaker, the right channel was not only quieter, but sounded “far away,” slightly distorted, and was accompanied by hum.
At first I thought the phono stage of my preamp was the culprit. I plugged my phono cables into a different input on the preamp but the same problem existed. Now thinking the phono cart had somehow gone bad, I switched to an old Ortofon cart and the problem disappeared.
Refusing to believe the new cart was the issue, I remounted the Shure cart and the problem was still gone. I figured one of the connections to the Shure had been loose and was the source of the original problem.
This weekend, the same problem returned and the old “unplug it and plug it back in” trick is not working. I’ve checked all of the connections and have found nothing. No other system changes have occurred during this time and all other inputs function normally.
If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions for further troubleshooting, I’d greatly appreciate it!
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