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vinyl: listen with the lid up, or down ?

when i first got my music hall mmf 2.2 turntable i listened to it with the lid down, not thinking of listening with the lid up. now i listen to it with the lid up all the time, because it sounds more "open", as it were. how much dust could possibly fall on the record during the time i play it anyhow? what do others do? i'd like to hear. thanks, john

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i take the lid off when I listen.  Have heard that is recommended, to not have the big resonant surface area of the dust cover on the turntable while playing.  Makes sense.   though I can't really say I can hear a diffference.  If I do, it's a "sighted' comparison so I'm not sure I actually hear the diff.

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i can...

i can definitely hear the difference, and it does sound better. thanks for the reply and the info.

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Lid off

I remove the lid on my TTs when playing vinyl. IMO and the opinion of my ears the sound is better without the lids. Leaving the lid on and up or down means you have a large resonant plastic tub attached to your TT.

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makes sense...

thanks joeE

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just to make sure i understand...

what is going to make this lid resonate? is it the sound from the speakers, or is it the turning of the platter. either way, will this resonation transfer to the stylus and thus produce unwanted sounds?

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Yes,The main concern is that the sound waves from the speakers would vibrate the dustcover and transfer vibrations to the arm/cartridge/stylus. Everything vibrates to some extent including the turntable itself and the surface it sits on, but the dustcover being large and light would be more susceptible.

would be interesting to compare listening to records with headphones only (no speakers)  dust cover on/off. That would eliminate a big variable, and could see if cover affects sound based on much smaller vibrations coming from turntable itself. 

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ahh...

i see.

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LID

The lid, when down, picks up vibrations from the air and transmits them to the turntable at the contact points.

With the lid up, this does not occur nearly as much.

The best thing, however, is to remove the cover. My old Harman-Kardon turntable was set up so you could just slide it out of the hinges and set it aside.

You can also just eliminate the hinges and set it aside when using the turntable.

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