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Has anyone upgraded the the cartridge to AT-VMN95ML for example? By no means I'm unsatisfied with the green one but just wondering if upgrading would make any difference? Some guy posted flac recordings of the same song using both cartridges and I could hear any difference to be honest. As far as I know the red one is rated 1000 hours vs 300 for green so replacing at some point will make sense also financially but what about the sound?
Just upgraded to the ML version. Solid if not significant improvement. I lowered the counterweight to 1.8 grams. Seemed to be the sweet spot. Very happy with my upgrade. Using the Schiit Mani as the internal preamp is kinda the week link. I have it connected to a gen 1 Ragnarok playing Sound Artist LS35A. Loving it.
Just installed the ML needle. Definitely play nice but can't tell if it sounds much better. Wil do some more A/B testing but for now enjoying the red cartridge 🙂
Nice!!! Try adjusting the VTA. I noticed a bigger difference when I lowered the VTA to about 1.8g
that's not adjusting the vta that's the counterweight
Gernerally you should not need to adjust the VTA when swapping between styli in the VM line.
However ML styluses are more sensitive to setup so its possible. You should however need to adjust the tracking force and antiskating when changing styluses to ensure you are operating the stylus with the correct force.
Using too much or too little tracking force can damage the stylus so always be sure to look up the specified tracking force when making a stylus swap.
You adjusted the weight on the back.
VTA = Vertical Tracking Angle. The angle of the needle to the record. You change that by the height of the tonearm (a much bigger, harder job to do). And VTA would be in degrees, not grams.