Does someone’s opinion affect your opinion?

So I have a very nice turntable with a new MC cartridge which I liked and enjoyed…that is until someone said that the cartridge was very “piercing” and in his opinion almost unlistenable. Now I find I am not enjoying it as much. Two things to add, he is not anymore “golden ear” than me, and the brands are well known with good reviews. 
But now, I don’t enjoy it as much. I know I shouldn’t let it bother me, but it does and it has impacted my enjoyment.

So, has this happen to you and what did you do? 


I will not report your post as too kind toward me...


You have no apologies to make for me @mahgister . You speak English pretty well for a second language. I only speak English, although I know a lot of French words, and some Latin words.

Dear @deadhead1000  : ""  I know I shouldn’t let it bother me, but it does and it has impacted my enjoyment. """

More than affect your or my opinion always is learning time and we can take advantage of that kind of opinion and how can we take advantage?: asking that gentleman if that " piercing " appeared in all LP tracks and in all kind of MUSIC both of you were listening it. I think you still can ask about.


In the other side and opinion of my room/system reproduction makes me , at least, to make a check up at each single link i the room/system chain and spcially to the cartridge/tonearm/TT set up and even if is ok I will mount again the cartridge to do a " freshly " set up and when I unmount the cartridge I will try to see it stylus tip/cantilever through a microscope.

Now and it does not matters the cartridge " pedigree " all new cartridges needs play hours to settle down and after those play hours we should to make a new check up tonearm/cartridge set up. Normally after settle down we have to " play " with minimal changes on VTF and/or VTA/AZ.

Always we learn a lot from " bad " criticas/opinions that the other way around opinions. A good audio friend is the one that tell you what he is listening no matter what.


Regards and enjoy the MUSIC NOT DISTORTIONS,





I can relate to your story. I’m guessing most people value other’s opinions and are subject to be swayed to a degree. The people we surround ourselves with and listen to is key, at least in my mind. But in the end, I make the call and live with the consequences!

After church tomorrow I’m going to see if I can catch a smallie or two! Have a great weekend!

I went to my doctor.  He said I needed an operation.

I said, "Doc, I'd like another opinion."

He said, "OK, you're ugly."

.... Rodney Dangerfield.

I can be suggestable. Sometimes I'm affected by other's opinions, sometimes not so much. I know I really like something when I continue to just love it even while the person next to me is saying it sounds pretty bad.