Superbly quiet LP playback

:Last night I put on a new LP, Nina Simone's "Wild Is the Wind", and I heard the quietest sounding LP playback  I've ever experienced. Between the new SPH pivot bearing, and the still-new Shure V-15 Type V cartridge, I've never heard LP playback  so perfectly quiet and free of surface noise. Lovely.



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Having a beautiful clean sounding vinyl is what its all about!



Matt M

Cool. it is really rewarding when you hear something like that.

I have been fortunate enough to have collected great pressings for decades… and have a cleaning machine. But the thing that did the most was an audiophile table and cartridge. The noise floor on all recording largely disappeared. I was so shocked that a needle being dragged across a rough surface could be so quiet.


Amazing what a century of improvements can do to a technology.

Ghd (I wish I knew your name), It wasn't just "quiet" record surfaces that caused this circumstance, but interaction between the Dynavector 501 arm and the V-15 Type V cartridge. I was told (after purchasing the cartridge) the Dynavector 501 arm should be a great match for the cartridge.

Back many years ago now, I had a V-15 Type IV cartridge in my then turntable/arm (I think it was a Sony turntable with some fancy Sony arm, can't remember what it was), it sounded okay, but not like this.

Every LP I play these days is a revelation in how quiet it plays. To whit, I played "The Blues and the Abstract Truth", which I thought had plenty of use-generated surface noise, only to find it plays now very quietly (much more so than in the recent past).

I will treasure these days of beautiful sounding quiet vinyl for as long as I last. At 76, having haad a stroke two years ago, this experience with quiet vinyl is someting I will appreciate greatly. I didn't know it could be done with the equipment I aleady had, so that's better yet. I've spent no more than around $600 for the cartridge and SPH bearing, and wondering why I didn't do this years ago. Even once in a while, some of us dum-dums get it right!

My very best regards,


Do keep in mind the SPH Bearing is designed to have a Thermoplastic/Metal Interface, where Thermoplastic is the Sacrificial Material.

This as a basic function is not enabling a Metal/Metal contact during rotations, as is happening in a Bearing utilising Metal components as the Sacrificial Parts.

A TT in use with a non metal/metal contact within the bearing housing will be noticeably different in how much quieter the operation is perceived to be when in use.

I know individuals who have modified a Bearing using Thermoplastics and have a Original Bearing assembly at hand. The same TT > TA > Cart's has been used with the differing Bearing Assemblies, with the result being, the original bearing assembly was as good as discarded from being used.

Food for Thought, I encouraged the individual who carried out the above to rigidly secure the base of the preferred bearing assembly. The follow up reports were as good as WOW!!, what just happened.  

I just got back into vinyl after a 10 plus year hiatus.  With a much better table  I was really surprised at how good some of my LPs sounded,  and also impressed with how quiet many of them were.   I took really good care of those records , nice to hear it paid off.


I too have always taken good care of my records. Make me wish I had never ventured away from them lo those many years ago, when I decided to give it a another chance. Vinyl was suppossed to be cheap to get into some years ago, but I found out I couldn't live with cheap.

Went from Project to VPI Scout, then to the Garrard 401 with DIY plinth. The Dynavector 501 arm is a joy to use and live with.

I'm very surprised how good some of the records sound these days, now that my arm/cartrdge is so well matched. Played "The Blues and the Abstract Truth", which I thought was a pretty noisy lp after all the years I've played it. But I played it again last night, and it played remarkably clean and quiet.

It makes me very happy and content to hear.