A word about the RS Labs rotary headshell. If you are fanatical. If you have all the time in the world, and if you are patient, you have to get it.
Smart design. The headshell is decoupled from the frame. The headshell also rotates slightly to more closely emulate a linear tracking tonearm. When the stars are aligned just right, the music explodes from the record. The base coming from my ZYX Universe is just as good as my EMM Labs gear. After that the RS Labs/ZYX combo passes even my best SACD's.
The madening part. The tension screw for the rotating headshell needs to be adjusted just perfectly. You can spend an entire night giving it the most minute adjustments. Next month, it will be loose again.
The leads coming from the cartridge need to be pulled, spaced, played with, and played with again. Let me explain. The headshell rotates slightly, and that is the brilliant part. The problem is that the wires coming from the cartridge offer resistance to the rotary headshell. Too many wires off of center, and the azimuth is WAYYY off. I can not tell you how many times I have removed the wires and tried to reinstall them. Some times perfectly straight, then slightly sticking out, then then then, etc. etc.
I have ordered another Hovland Music Groove 2 phono cable. This one will be canabalized. I will install new cartridge leads, and run it under my RS Labs A1 arm. Maybe the longer length of bare wire will offer less resistance to the rotary part of the headshell.
I know, I know. My wife tells me all the time. I'm an idiot. But the music is sweet.