Mike Biel:

> Unless you back-cue, you are better off with the
> S-shaped arm.

The straight arm gives less wow and flutter.

Also it gives less distortion as the S-shaped arm cannot be adjusted to have
more than two points of distortion minima and all other places are the
tracking distortion much higher.

Furthermore a bent arm creates the need for anti skate adjustment. Without
it the right channel will distort much earlier than the left channel.

Also the cartridge stereo channel separation will become nonsymmetrical
without anti-skate adjustment.

So on.

Straight line is always better in all respects as it mimics the way the disk
was cut.

Best regards,

Goran Finnberg
The Mastering Room AB

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