Sibilance

I have an old Sota Moonbeam turntable with a Grado Platinum cartridge and am getting 

a lot of vocal sibilance.  I don't hear it on any CD's.  It is worse on loud passages,

when it localizes to the speakers.  It happens on many different LPs.  What causes this?

1 Answer

  • You fail to mention what tonearm is in your system. It could be as simple as a mismatch between cart and arm.

    In my personal experience, excess sibilance is usually an issue with set-up. I would have my system checked by a turntable set-up expert, such as Michael Trei.

    • The tonearm is the stock one that comes with the turntable. — dcaliano January 20, 2013 8:43 p.m.

    • Just because it's the stock tonearm, doesn't mean it's not a potential mismatch with your cart if not set-up properly. If it has, from day one, had sibilance issues, that indicates the cart has never been properly installed — StevenStone January 21, 2013 6:12 p.m.

    • It could also mean an aging or even damaged stylus or cantilever. You didn't how long it's been in the system. — neilgader January 26, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    add comment

Your Answer

Login to answer.

How to Vote

Questions and answers have point totals and voting arrows to the left. Clicking on the up arrow will add 2 points to the question or answer, and clicking on the down arrow will subtract 1 point.

Questions and answers that are insightful or helpul should be voted up. This will help push them to the top of the page, and allow other community members to discover good questions and answers faster and easier.

Questions and answers that or off-topic or poor should be voted down. This will push them further down and allow better questions or answers to take their place.