So, over the last couple of months, I have gotten back into Vinyl. My wife bought me a Audio Technica AT-LP120 TT which is basically a knock off of the Technics SL-1200.
Overall, I thought it sounded ok (can't expect much for a $200 TT). I got a clamp for it and it definitely improved the sound. I decided to change out the cartridge as everything I've read about the turntable indicates that the cartridge that it came with was more geared towards DJing (required 3.5g of down force). After much research, I purchased an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge and protractor from LP Gear. I got it yesterday and installed it. My first impression is that music and bass sound much better than the stock turntable. But voices sound hollow. My wife described the sound of voices as if they were in a tunnel. I think it would be more like the music was in front of the singers.
Anyway, did I install this incorrectly? Is there something I can do to make it better? Do cartridges need break in time? I appreciate all help, but please DO NOT recommend that I purchase a more expensive cartridge. I know many of you are big fans of the Denon DL-160. I really don't want to spend $180 on a cartridge for a turntable that cost $200.
One other thing, the TT is now MUCH more sensitive to footfalls than with the previous cartridge. I don't know if that has something to do with 1.8g (new cartrdige) vs. 3.5g.
Eric. . .