We are changing direction today to LP vinyl playback.
Paul is saying that he believes the most important aspects of vinyl playback are the tonearm and cartridge parts of a turntable.
Well I get this, but what about the phono stage, which is necessary to convert a tiny signal into a larger one suitable for playback through our stereos? It is this phono stage which also applies the EQ necessary for our records to sound right.
Perhaps, this is a case of “it is only as good as its weakest link”.
Turntables can be expensive propositions, but the bulk of expense often lie in the table and platter themselves.
Yet sound quality wise, I would imagine the arm and cartridge to be bigger contributors.
It’s the age-old question of where to put money: in the chassis and connectors or the circuitry they serve? The table and platter, or the arm and cartridge that do the reproduction? The transport mechanism of a CD player, or the output circuitry it feeds?
Of course, we understand it all matters, but decisions must be made and it can be confusing knowing which parts matter most.
My advice is to put your trust in the judgment of the companies building the kit you desire.
Let the results of the overall product be your guide.