Smooth and silky
Monday, February 11, 2008
My previous cartridge is an Adcom xlt (170.00 in 1980 $$). I lost the specs to the cartridge, but it does have gold plated connectors and a true diamond as the stylus; when looking under a magnifier, you could see through the diamond and clearly see the facets, like a gemstone. I consider the sound from the Adcom to be neutral and smooth, with nothing particularly outstanding, but definitely smooth. The reason I changed was due to its age (28 years) and I did notice light corrosion in the magnet assembly. Also, the highs on some hot recordings were beginning to irritate me, a sign of needle wear I'm told.
My impressions thus far is that the Shelter is warm, musical, with transparent midrange, fat but tuneful bass, and airy highs; extends farther at both ends than my Adcom. I am very pleased, as my LPs retain their liquid and musical presentation of the Adcom, but goes deeper and extends higher, providing me with a richer listening experience. I highly recommend it!