What loading do you use on your Dynavector XX2MKII
I'm using a Simaudio Moon LP5.3, and just changed the resistive loading from 100ohms to 10ohms. This seems to have balanced out the frequency response from being somewhat tipped-up in the treble, to a better balance with the mids and bass. I'm just curious to see what others are doing in similar circumstances.
I'm not familiar with your Sim unit, so I'm not sure whether my experience will be of any use to you. With Naim's Superline, which allows for a wide variety of resistive and capacitance loads, I found my best results with a 453K resistance. This particular loading turns out to be very popular among Naim Superline owners who have XX2 Mk II's and XV-1s's. As a side note, I just upgraded to the XV-1s from the XX2 Mk. II. Oh...my...god.
I thank you all for your responses. Last night, I tried 470ohms, 100, and back down to 10ohms. 10ohms seems to work best for my equipment and temperament. Golden Imports Symphonies Nos. 1, "Nordic" and 3, Howard Hanson, sounded outstanding. I'll just stick with 10ohms for a while, it seems the best fit. There is no way to get between 10ohms and 100ohms, by the way.
I've tried raising and lowering the VTA, and have settled on about parallel, or a tad down in the back. I really didn't notice that much difference, though, so I quit messing with it. Lowering the resistive loading seemed to make much more difference, and it sounds so good now, I don't dare change it. I do like to tweak though, so I've got to resist the temptataion.
Islandman, I'd be curious to know what speakers you are using and what happens to the sound as you increase the load resistance that you find less pleasant. I am just very surprised that 10-ohm loading sounds best.
Hi Lewm, For speakers I'm using Dynaudio Contour 5.4's. I don't honestly know if this makes a difference, but I am using a passive pre, a Sonic Euphoria, that may have something to do with my loading preference. Music sounds more of a neutral frequency balance at 10ohms. When set higher, it reminds me of old receivers with the loudness contour on, not balanced, or neutral. I am enjoying the way vinyl sounds right now more than at any time in my 40+ years in this hobby. It works for me.
Dan, I too have the XX2 Mk II and have the loading set at 40 Ohms. Ralph Karsten (Atamasphere) provided a technical method of determining the loading using a function generator and an oscilloscope, and I found that with the loading set below 30 ohms, the signal began to be attenuated. Do you experience a drop in volume at that level? Regards, Mike
Recently added 47ohm DIY resistors (thanks, Tvad!), and cartridge loading is now perfect. Once again, thanks to members for giving a helping hand when one is needed. Sure adds to the enjoyment of this great hobby!