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At 04:12 PM 2008-08-26, you wrote:

>Capacitor in the bridge - now that's getting fancy.  I should have 
>thought that resistance, alone, was the issue.  I wonder if my 
>"flat" transfer would have gone better had I used a y-cable between 
>the phono and the ADC, with the other end going into the normal 
>phono preamp?
>This way, I could hear the record play, for confidence, from the 
>preamp without having to listen to the non-de-emphasized version 
>playing, shrilly, into the ADC, and the (ideal) input Z of the 
>preamp would be summed with the (lower) input Z of the ADC (I was 
>using) to make a nigher-to-perfect load, as seen by the cartridge.

Hi, Andrew,

You don't want to double-terminate the cartridge. I use moving magnet 
cartridges as I don't do transfers for a living. It looks as if Scott 
used a moving coil with those values. I forget the exact range of 
values for a moving magnet cartridge, but the resistance should be 47 
K ohms and the capacitance is around 100-200 pF. Cable is often 20-40 
pF per foot.

Specific numbers would require more research, but moving magnet 
cartridges (like most Shures and Stantons) are very sensitive to 
loading. One of the comments was that the A-D was 10 K which is way 
too low for a moving magnet cartridge.

Cheers,

Richard


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