...I should also comment "....and suspension" ;^)
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The sound certainly improves after the cartridge has been playing for a few minutes, but, it is hardly the case that the cartridge is mistracking or doing anything that could damage the record so there is no point in playing some "expendable" record or wasting time playing something you don't want to hear. The first few minutes will just sound a little muddy and dull sounding until the suspension of the cartridge limbers up a bit.
Not that I'm trying to "impose a view" here. I've noted that some people will put an LP on then flatly refuse to listen until at least 30 minutes have elapsed. If that were me then I guess I'd be using old 2nd hand LPs rather than burn out a favourite when I'm not even there to appreciate it. ;^)
So I'm really trying to get an insight into this phenomenon :)
It takes longer for my amps to come on song than the cartridge, but I warm everything up by playing a couple of sides without any critical listening- i'm sure that's more than enough for the cartridge. I know that the amps (Lamm ML 2) really start to open up at around the 45 minute mark, and continue to improve after that. I don't regard the cartridge warm up as risking any damage to the records if that's the question.
Interesting solution! J
So, 65F is about 18.3C. I used to listen at those temperatures in Winter but didn’t do anything to compensate other than adjusting the VTF from e.g. 1.65g to 1.68g. At the time, the Linn Ittok was excellent for this purpose as it gave a very precise readout of the downforce (better than some gauges IMO).
At the moment I’m using the Phantom II and it doesn’t allow visibility of the VTF setting so I always have to re-check with a gauge as a precaution.
Currently, I maintain the ambient temp within reasonable limits whenever listening and leave the VTF alone.
Did your friend consider the low-power filament bulb fitted to an anglepoise holder? ;^)
(I never liked those things – just something else to catch your sleeve on and cause an expensive accident!) :D
All the best,
Does anyone also pray while warming up the cartridge?
Warming up cartridge would be too much for me, yes the improvement can be audible but I never do such a critical listening unless I am testing something, either different pressings or subtle changes in the system, but I understand those who do.
This is a true audiophile thread.
I tend to listen to vinyl more in the Summer, when I find I need not worry about the cartridge warm up.
I must say that I find cleaning the cartridge stylus and the record surface and removing static electricity also important. I find 45 rpm rereleases quite good but so short duration as to be a pain. Until I learned that most master tapes were being redone in quad DSD, I was hellbent on digitally capturing my 45s and doing equalization post digitizing. Now I await the quad DSD downloads.
I think Stylus warm up time exists, but imo Listener warm up time plays a bigger part, and takes longer, especially for those still working, married, kids...
In this case Listener warm up time will vary based on the kind of day one is having. During extended periods filled with anxiety, audiophiles have been known to liquidate gear, as they just can not get set up to listen, and put the blame on the gear :^)
The "stylus" is the diamond, and does not warm up, or is it affected by temperature.
The elastomer suspension in the cartridge lossens up after the first few sides of play (after a period of non use), and then the sound improves noticeably (with a high resolution system).
Elastomer properties change with temperature.
Not to be too pedantic, "warm up your stylus" is a figure of speech, Don, but your input is much appreciated. ;^)
While diamond is an excellent thermal conductor the contact area is minute and generated heat has to go somewhere so I would surmise it will both manifest in the vinyl and travel elsewhere. Since the interface is small the heat-sinking effect of the cantilever would be similarly small. Whether that transmitted heat has an influence on the suspension I'll leave open to discussion.
I would also imagine the vibration of the elastomer generates a certain degree of heat as well. Would it be as much as the former? I don't know.
How any change of state affects SQ is the reason why were here ;^)
Here is a related aside. An interesting little factoid for your mental archive. I’ve maintained this viewpoint for decades and I’ve never seen an "official" confirmation until now but, even today, many folk are still surprised when it is mentioned. The only difference here is that received wisdom indicated the recovery time was 24 hours but this source indicates that the LP could be played 50 times in succession without severe/audible effect and that it might take hundreds of plays (or more) before you start to hear a difference. Please bear in mind it is the writer’s opinion so stay safe! Quote :-
Oh no! Now we have to worry about anti-static sleeves. Aaaaaarghhhh!!!
A final note : This report had me wondering how they could tell the difference between "thermal wear" and "physical wear" i.e. measure the heat at the interface? Then it dawned on me....thermal camera trained on the "hotspot" (?????)
Just watch out those 3 fingers don't become 18 fingers ;^)
I remember a study on the perils of drunk-driving when subjects were each plied with a drink then invited to write a simple statement after each additional drink, "I'm not too drunk to drive".
After a few one bloke eventually wrote, "I'm not too drunk to drink" ;^) :D