My first post, thanks in advance for reading:
I've inherited a turntable which is aimed at DJ's, but I'd like to use it for semi-critical listening of my LP's. (My system is surely light-years away from achieving a quality listen).
This setup plugs into the phono inputs located on my Sony STR-DE897 (that link points to the 898, couldn't find anything on my model) which then go to my speakers, Sony SSM-F750H 3-Way 200-Watt Floorstanding Tower Speakers. I also have tried listening to my headphones, Grado SR-80s, and experience the same issues.
The Stanton cartridge is 5 years old. However, it came with no less than three (3!) replacements which as far as I could tell, had never been used. I am experiencing distortion on high frequencies on all 4 cartridges. I have read a few turntable setup guides online, I've literally spent hours and hours adjusting the turntable, the VSM, tonearm, anti-skate, etc., and for the life of me, I can't get rid of the high-end distortion. I can minimize it, but I can't get rid of it. I'm using 4 different LP's for testing, all 180G, 2 of them brand new.
I'm on a budget and really can't throw more than $300 towards this problem right now. But, I'm wondering:
Is it the cartridge that is causing the high-end distortion? Should I consider upgrading to something like a Audio Technica - AT95E for $50?
Should I get rid of the Receiver (I personally despise it and plan to dump it eventually) and replace it with something like a Harmon Kardon HK3480 for about $220? I've heard the sound stage on this model is good for the price. Not amazing, but good, and at this point, I can handle good.
Would something like a MMF Phono Pack help? Pointless?
I'm really a bit lost, and would love to hear what you guys suggest. I want to work with what I've got, which I know, isn't much, but can you guys point me in the right direction?