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2M Black / AT440MLa / MP500 setting and comparison

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I hope that with my post I didn't make the 2M Black come out as the "black sheep" of the group too much. Yes, it isn't as technically perfect in tracking as the other two, and it has a very particular sound signature that may sound a bit aggressive.

But I am using it now to play the 4LP version of RHCP "Stadium Arcadium", which was a limited pressing on excellent vinyl (clean and flat: it has a silent background almost like that of a CD!) and mastered in an all analogue chain from 1" tape by none other than Steve Hoffman.... and it sounds MARVELOUS.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lucabeer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Apr 2019 at 5:35pm
Small update...

I am trying a 2M Bronze now too! Still new, but for the moment here are my impressions (fresh out of the box, just two albums played):

2M Bronze
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VTF: 1.7 g (a hair more than the Black)
Antiskate: 2.4 (a tad more than the Black)
VTA: 1 (same as Black)

So far (just two albums), I can't detect any difference in timbre and quality compared to the Black except maybe for a hint less of aggressiveness and ringing on the cymbals (good!). It tracks slightly better on the Hi-Fi News test LP, and... it picks less surface noise than the Shibata of the Black. If these impressions are confirmed, I might even like it more than the Black, at half the price!


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Some more records played... and the thought that the Bronze stylus is more musical and relaxed than the Black keeps getting stronger and stronger.

It's dead silent in the groove even on the 1963 Verve pressing of Duke Ellington's "Back to back" that I am listening to right now, and I am not finding anything lacking compared to the Black.


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