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AR XA Turntable

Anyone else using one, this is my first turntable and was wondering if anyone had any useful tips on getting the best out of this table. I need to replace the cartridge, that much I know, and also was wondering about slip mats and other accersories that would help me get the most out of this machine as upgrading is not very likely for a few years. Also, I have read that the Ortofon cartridges are recommended with the AR tables as they seem to have less hiss and a lower noise floor with these tables.

Anything else I should know? Thanks!

Josh

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Re: AR XA Turntable

I was using one until my recent upgrade to a VPI rig. I'd recommend using some damping compound like Blu Tack under the platter and a tiny bit inside the headshell to reduce resonances. I also made a felt mat for the platter which seemed to help.

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Re: AR XA Turntable

Thanks for the reply. I will try the damping compound and see how that works for me. I currently have a felt mat that the individual I bought the table from gave me. He had just gone thru and cleaned up the table and put a new belt on, so it works well mechanically (especially for $50). Although the felt mat seems to slip a little, it is pretty light, and I was wondering if any of the higher dollar mats made out of different materials might help/hinder the sound.

Also, what cartridge were you using? When I purchased the table he told me that it would need to be replaced, and I have noticed some hiss/buzz that is probably due to the old needle/cartridge.

One more thing... would you suggest replacing the power/phono plugs on the table. Mine have some surface wear, but no rust, and figured I might try replacing those to help with the sound.

Thanks again,
Josh

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Re: AR XA Turntable

I used a Shure V15-MR with it and did happen to change the power cord, as well as RCA phono with female jacks so that I could use the interconnects of my choice.

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Re: AR XA Turntable

Thanks for the info!

Josh

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