I just wanted to show off some “glamour” shots of my turntable. It maybe considered a DJ deck but it sure sounds sweet. I replaced the stock slip mat with a Herbie’s Way Exellent Mat II and am using Herbie’s SuperSonic Record Stabilizer too. I highly recommend the combo as it has gotten rid of unwanted resonance and really helps with warped records. With regular records, the Herbie mat and weigh have created a darker background and lowered the noise floor.
The Grado Gold1 has about 40 hours on it and is starting to settle down nicely. Out of the box it was very dynamic with heavy bass and a bit sibilant highs on some records. Now it’s smoothed out substantially and really lets the mids shine. Bass is deep and controlled but could be more controlled with tighter impact. Highs are smooth and unoffensive, although not the most transparent as I would like. I’m guessing this is because the Grado doesn’t pair nicely with the medium mass stock Technics arm.
Tracking could be better but it never bounces or skips around. I think the Grado Gold1 would pair nicely with a lower mass arm. I’m glad to report that I don’t get any of the dreaded “Grado hum” that many forum goers experience, even though my Technics motor is directly underneath the cartridge. Overall, the Gold1 pairs nicely with my Musical Fidelity V-LPS, Little Country III hybrid preamp, and my Grado RA-1 amp. Makes my RS2i headphones sound sweet. I guess I am a bit of a Grado fan boy but I think a Denon 103R may be in my future…budget permitting, of course!