For the first three years of this cartridge I had been loading it at 100 Ohms but recently I have switched to the 249 Ohm setting on my Krell KPE Reference phono pre. I felt that after it was fully broken in that the highs had become just ever so slightly attentuated. The new setting restores these. I realize I may be getting close to a retip/rebuild. Perhaps the suspension has finally sagged/settled just a little and so I have also backed the VTF down from 2.0 grams to 1.9 grams and this too has restored some of the air without any mistracking. Basically I would recommend that you begin as close to 100 Ohms (as Koetsu and other Agoners suggest)as your phono stage allows you to get and then work around this as a starting point. Keep in mind there is no one correct loading setting and some of this depends on your cabling to the phono pre as well. My table is a VPI Aries 2 with a JMW 10.5 arm with stock cable. I use Harmonic Technologies Silver phono cable. Other Urushi owners will chime in here too but I predict many will concur that 100 Ohm is the preferred loading.
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