Cold solder joints? Secure ground leads? If all was working well before you re-wired then recheck all of the connections. There may also be some breakin in the new wires but that would not sound like what you are describing. You didn't hit the MM/MC button by mistake, assuming your phono has one, did you?
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You say cartridge alignment is close, but you have no protractor. Close don't count in TT set up! Get a protractor. If you haven't already, try increasing VTF to max of manufacturers recommended range. And yes, a lot of alblums have groove noise along with a variety of other noise producing faults. Hissy, I don't know...I always think of under-powered phono preamps when I hear about hiss, especially tube ones, when using cartridges that have very low outputs.
Actually, my TT sounded like this before the rewire. I had to rewire becuase it didnt fair too well when I moved recently. I just never took the time to try to find the culprit.
I am not sure what the VTA setting is supposed to be for a denon DL-110, would anybody know this or have suggestions off hand?
Also, There is an internal jumper in the phono pre that I will be sure to check to see whether its on mm or mc.
One other wierd thing, I can almost hear the distortion when listening to the TT with my audio system off. I assume its normal for a cartridge to resonate etc.. but I can acutually hear the distortion! Could this be not enough damping on the tonearm perhaps?
Thanks for your time guys, this is very helpful.
I agree too, and here are some links to help you out:
Vinyl Asylum FAQ's
On second thought, that link ought to give you enough to go on for a while. If you look through there, you should be able to find a protractor that you can print out. Freebies work.
Also, new cryo-wire does have a break-in period. Let it play for a while to open up.
Could be mistracking of the needle. The Shure gauge is pretty simple but it isn't infallable -- can you verify your VTF setting? Try using the high end of the cartridge's recommended range. Also, a buildup of grundge on the needle can contribute to mistracking, so a good look with a magnifying glass might help. Good luck.
Thanks for all the links. I got a lot of good reading. I am going to find a protractor I can use, or use a paper one to set the cart the right way. I did find out my phono stage was set on the lesser sensitive setting. Im going to try the higher gain setting now. I will continute to try to tweak. I am wondering if my cart isnt a problem as well. Ill try everything else first.
Does anyone live in the chicagoland area that would let me listen to a good vinyl setup so i can tell whether or not its actually my vinyl that is the problem child?
Thanks - Evan
Do you have The Beatles Album Revolver? The Love You To track on side 1 by George Harrison is a good sound test.Try and get the harmony on the end of each stanza right i.e "...you don't get time to hang a sign on meeee" should sound sweet and harmonic and compressed at the same time.The Tablas and Indian instruments should sound full and deep and resonate well also.Your alignment will be pretty close if you get this sounding O.K