Hi-Fi News Test Record
Ratings & Reviews
I recently purchased the Hi-Fi News test record along with a new stylus for my Grado G cartridge. I bought my turntable/cartridge in the early 1980's. At the time of purchase back then a technician at the audio store set-up the turntable using a test record and oscilloscope. The optimum settings ended up being a lot different than the manufacturers recommendations. I just mounted the new stylus and set the tracking force and anti-skate back to the manufacturers recommendations as a starting point. I then used the Hi-Fi News test record to set-up the turntable with just my ears (no scope). After completing the procedure, the settings ended up being VERY close to the one's the technician arrived at back in the 80's. This was the expected result given I did not change the cartridge. The Hi-Fi News test record was well worth the expense and I highly recommend it. In a matter of 20 minutes I had my turntable optimally set up again, and it sounds great.
This record really helped me set up and verify things like channel balance, azimuth, tracking weight, and especially bias correction / anti-skate. It also helps check the resonant frequencies of the cartidge / tonearm combo.
by Daniel Thomas
A Test LP is absolutely essential for getting the most out of your stereo system. This can be used to fine-tune your phono cartridge's alignment, and test the resonance frequencies between cart and tonearm. A protractor is also included and is simple to use. Overall, this Test LP is a MUST for every turntable junkie.
I highly recommend this product for maximizing your turntable. I am a huge fan of vinyl but a bit of a novice w/ regards to the mechanics of turntables. I have owned a Techniques 1650 player for as long as I can remember. I acquired it from my father (its 30 years old) When I began to update my sound system I also upgraded my phono cartridge, and the Hi Fi Test LP was invaluable.