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hcsunshine
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does a new stylus typically require a burn in period?

hey y'all. i'm in the process of switching out the stylus that came with my music hall tracker cartridge (on MMF-2.2). just wondering, after installing the new stylus, do they typically require a burn in period before they achieve their final sound?

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Break-in
hcsunshine wrote:

hey y'all. i'm in the process of switching out the stylus that came with my music hall tracker cartridge (on MMF-2.2). just wondering, after installing the new stylus, do they typically require a burn in period before they achieve their final sound?

Since there are no electronics involved, burn-in would not really be the correct term.

Break-in might be the right term to use.

A new cartridge definitely has a break-in period, because the stylus suspension takes time to reach its final state of compliance. The amount varies widely with the type of materials used.

Changing the stylus on an existing cartridge should not involve any break-in period, because the suspension is already well set-up.

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Depending on....

.....the type of suspension...around 50 hours on average.
You will typically hear improvement in low end and softening of the top end as the suspension (compliance) loosens up.

I use one of these to keep tabs on the number of album sides my carts see.

It gives you an estimate for the number of hours on your cart (should you be concerned with such OCD pursuit).

http://www.mcmaster.com/#push-button-counters/=sn13ym

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hey wait...

...this person on another forum said that a new STYLUS takes about 5 hours to break in or burn in. i actually gave up on this new stylus and went back to the original one because while the new stylus increased the definition of the bass, it decreased the treble. i just don't feel like putting this new stylus back in again and waiting 5 hours to see if it burns in. i'd say if the treble had just a lil catching up to do, maybe, but it's pretty far off and i don't see the treble on this stylus ever being good.

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Have you tried....

...adjusting your VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle)?

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