- Feb 20, 2022
- HiFi Trade?
I'm finally going to invest in a test record, do you have any recommendations or cautions?
It was sibilance that started this whole journey toward a test LP in the first place lol.I wouldn’t bother .I have several and never use them . you know when it’s not right without putting a test disc on . I can lend you one if you want to put your mind at ease …
Always listen for sibilance as that’s a good indication for poor tracking ..
I think so too. We ought to know L from R and be able to recognise phase errors but sometimes the test disc helpsI do think the tracks with left, right, in phase, out of phase, white noise, blank grooves etc., all serve a purpose.
My Musicmaster/Isolator on a Hadcock 242 Silver+ tracks all of the tracks on the HiFi News & Record Review Test Record that Len Gregory gave me in the 1990's as an aid as to what direction to go on set up, however I have a copy of the Telearc 1812 with the visible wavy cannon groves, having never tried it in 20+ years, despite tracking the test disc the Musicmaster can't track all the cannon blasts it jumps on the big one after 9 years/colder weather the suspension may have stiffened.I agree with all the above comments. Every time I've experimented with test LPs they seem to have shown up 'problems' that never affect actual records. By far the best 'test LP' is to use a few from your own music collection that you know are difficult in one way or another.
Seems quite reasonable. I found that Camel's Mirage or Snow Goose were quite likely to throw a less capable cartridge or stylus out of the groove.I agree with the erudite rabski select an LP from your own collection that you know well with a good spread of instruments in my case I use an original pressing of Sgt Peppers.
Checked my L&R channels using the test record soon after setting up in Stoke for the show. Doesn’t help that my amp has zero labelling on any of the connections!I think so too. We ought to know L from R and be able to recognise phase errors but sometimes the test disc helps
Quirky describes about half of my music collection tbh.I'm curiously drawn to some of them due to their quirkiness - canons, marching bands, approaching trains, 1960s F1. Good fun..and then there's voiceoverman - he's great!