How do you make a bright-sounding Pro-ject turntable sound softer?
Hi, I've just purchased some 2nd-hand Wharfedale Pacific Pi-40 speakers. I have an NAD C370 amp and an NAD C541i CD player, with Chord Odyssey 2 cables (bi-wired.) I am very satisfied with the sound I'm getting. However, I have a 2nd-hand Pro-ject turntable (I think it's a P12) which is known to be on the bright-side. My amp is pretty neutral, but with the bright-sounding speakers (which sound good with my relatively warm-sounding CD player and neutral amp,) and the turntable combined, the combination is just too much. I really don't want to spend much money on upgrades (the turntable cost me £15 and I used some parts from my old faulty Pro-ject Debut 2 SB to get it working perfectly.) What is the best way of trying to get a warmer sound out of the turntable? I've just ordered an Isokinetik acrylic mat for it, but would there be a cheap cartridge that would help do the trick? Or should I try using the tonearm off of my old Pro-ject turntable with the standard ortofon cartidge (which brings me to the question- why does the P12 sound bright in the first-place?) Anyone's informed assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.